In the NBA Summer League opener in Orlando, the Miami Heat lost to the Utah Jazz 69-59. But summer league isn’t about winning and losing, it’s about players showing promise.
Unfortunately, not many Heat players did that either.
According to Ethan Skolnick of the Palm Beach Post, the most impressive player for the Heat was relative-veteran center Jarvis Varnado.
Miami’s most impressive player, however, was the one who will soon receive a championship ring. That was 2010 second-round pick Jarvis Varnado, who not only blocked four shots, but splashed a 19-foot jumper. “I want to show them I can shoot that shot,” Varnado said. He also had four offensive rebounds and, not surprisingly, looked most natural in the Heat’s sets.
Second-round pick James Ennis and highly-anticipated undrafted point guard Myck Kabongo had slow starts.Ennis finished 2-of-7 with 11 points, while Kabongo had 4 assists and 3 points.
Kabongo was overshadowed by his backup, Belmont’s Ian Clark, who finished with a team-leading 15 points and hit 3-of-4 of his three-point attempts. Clark is participating with the Heat in Orlando only.
For a list of the Miami Heat summer league roster, click here.
The squad of Heat wannabe’s may not have been overly impressive, but it’s the first game of summer league play. Patience is a virtue as coach Dan Craig continues to see what he has.
Next, The Heat play the Brooklyn Nets on Monday, at 5 p.m. ET.