Miami Heat: One Key Improvement For Gabe Vincent Next Season

Gabe Vincent #2 of the Miami Heat defends Jayson Tatum #0 of the Boston Celtics(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Gabe Vincent #2 of the Miami Heat defends Jayson Tatum #0 of the Boston Celtics(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) /

The Miami Heat can get better in a lot of ways this offseason. While the ability to add external pieces to the roster is certainly a possibility, the privilege to continue to see guys develop is the other.

One of those guys is Gabe Vincent. Growing by leaps and bounds since he first joined the Miami Heat a few years ago, he came on with the reputation of being a shooter.

Not having great luck with the outside shot at the beginning of his Miami Heat career, Vincent began to learn to supplement his recovering jump shot with a tenacity to do the little things. That all began to really take form as he became a much better defender before the very eyes of the Miami Heat during the season before this past one.

Famously, at this point, hovering under the wing of a defensive specialist in Avery Bradley during his short Heat tenure, Vincent has proceeded to turn himself into a very good defensive guard. Continuing that development into this past season, not only did he see the return of his jump shooting ability, but that came with an expanded comfort and ability on the ball.

The Miami Heat excel at getting the absolute most from undervalued guys. Gabe Vincent is a great example and only looks to be getting better all the while.

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It was that type of comfort that helped him produce plays like this one for the Miami Heat this season.

Where he excelled playing from deep or in the paint this past season, that is where his development should continue to expand. Noting it himself recently, naming guys like Chris Paul and DeMar DeRozan in particular, Vincent has expressed a desire to improve his mid-range offensive game is the next thing to complete the tool chest.

He said it himself, so there is no need to repeat it, but the notion can be seconded. By improving that part of his game, you are not only talking about his ability to get to and finish his shot in those areas, but also his ability to read defenses there, manipulate them quickly, and with great accuracy.

So, with that, he is on the right track. There is nothing else to be said.

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With his improved defense, three-point shooting, and dribble-drive game, learning to operate, manipulate, and control the game from the mid-range area better should begin to complete his arsenal, propelling him close to his peak form.

Who knows, that may, one day, be as the starting point guard for the Miami Heat.