Miami Heat’s ‘Multipleness’ Is Why Max Strus Is A Starter Now

Tyler Herro # 14 talks with Max Strus # 31 and Duncan Robinson # 55 of the Miami Heat(Photo by Soobum Im/Getty Images)
Tyler Herro # 14 talks with Max Strus # 31 and Duncan Robinson # 55 of the Miami Heat(Photo by Soobum Im/Getty Images) /
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Duncan Robinson #55, Max Strus #31, Tyler Herro #14, and P.J. Tucker #17 of the Miami Heat(Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /

Miami Heat: The Situation Is A Win-Win For Duncan Robinson And Max Strus

The part about Max being multiple is a strange one too though. For some reason, he doesn’t typically get to all of his game when he has played with the second unit, well, not as much as he does or has when playing with the starting guys.

For some reason, Strus just posts in a corner or along a wing and watches Tyler Herro as a reserve, waiting on an opportunity to sink the deep shot. However, he can help the Miami Heat out more by getting to his other stuff.

Max is an elite shooter and though he isn’t as elite a shooter as Robinson is once he gets going, he’s still elite. The kicker is this—Max’s everything else is as or more valuable to the Miami Heat’s first unit than Duncan’s shooting is alone.

That also brings us to the Duncan Robinson of it all, as it isn’t just a singularly beneficial scenario if you’re being honest. Whereas the first unit defenders had been trained to key in on Duncan, both offensively and defensively, this move, sort of, allows Duncan to fall into place and even, get lost, among the defensive assignments of the opposition’s reserves.

Perhaps it’s simpler than that. They are reserves, meaning their defensive execution isn’t as sharp as starter-level guys, thus allowing Duncan more opportunity to be excellent at what he does.

Going a bit deeper, Duncan can also benefit from the attention maintained and the space that Tyler Herro provides with his isolation game. On the other side of that, Herro’s iso game can also benefit from the spacing that Robinson’s shooting can provide.

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In theory, it’s a win-win scenario for everyone involved and the Miami Heat team as a whole. That’s also the way it has looked so far.

Now, the operative words there are, again, “so far”.