Miami Heat Vice President of Player Personnel Chet Kammerer said Monday that 2013 second-round pick James Ennis figures to play a significant factor in Miami’s offseason plans, both on the summer-league team and in fall training camp, per Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Ennis played in Australia last season, leading the Perth Wildcats to a championship as the team’s MVP. The swingman from Long Beach State averaged a team-high 21.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.1 assists last season.
“He exceeded what we expected this year,” Kammerer said, adding that he should have been MVP of the league. “We will be seeing him in a few days, when we’ll be in the summer league. But we are very, very happy with what transpired since we’ve drafted. He has done very well.
“We’d like to see him create a little more off the dribble. I think he made some progress there. But a lot of it we’ll see this summer, and see in the fall.”
Drafted as an athletic slasher, Ennis improved his jump shot while overseas, shooting nearly five percent better than his last collegiate season from beyond the arc at 40 percent. At 6’7”, he has the physical attributes to be a stout perimeter defender. Pat Riley recently spoke highly of Ennis, too.
So how does this effect the Heat’s draft plans? Well, if they feel like they already have the influx of youth that the wing position needs with Ennis, it could sway them to pick a point guard or center at No. 26. (Stupid me, I picked UConn guard-forward DeAndre Daniels in the FanSided NBA Mock Draft over Michigan center Mitch McGary.)
Or, of course, all this touting of Ennis could just be a way to position him as a real trade asset. Hmmm?