Miami Heat: Latest 2-way signee, Darius Days, has the luster of a ‘gem’

Darius Days #38 of the San Antonio Spurs reacts after hitting a 3-pointer against the Houston Rockets(Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Darius Days #38 of the San Antonio Spurs reacts after hitting a 3-pointer against the Houston Rockets(Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) /

The Miami Heat are taking a dual approach, as it has become apparent. While going about the business of gathering the resources to try to acquire another impact player or top-end talent for their roster, Kevin Durant or Donovan Mitchell presumably, they are filling out the back-end with talent as well.

Though you hate that it took Mychal Mulder and Javonte Smart being let go by the Miami Heat, they brought back a familiar face in defensive ace, Marcus Garrett, and another interesting little piece. That would be Darius Days, signed fresh off the Summer League squad of the San Antonio Spurs.

The 6’7″ and 240 pound Days is a four-year college rookie out of LSU that is ready for this modern day NBA. In three games with the Spurs summer team, he averaged 13.7 points, 10 rebounds, and just under a half an assist per game.

Don’t let the assists number fool you though, as they weren’t that great in college either, but he has the ability to find his open teammtes.

The Miami Heat consistently shine in the area of finding undervalued guys. Speaking of shine, Darius Days has the luster to become their next great gem.

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And with the level of player he’ll be playing with at the next level and the Miami Heat’s ball and man movement scheme, he’ll surely come into his own in that area because he certainly has the ability.

Likening himself to Draymond Green, he has shown all the characteristics to be a big time stretch forward in today’s NBA. He has the activity, mobility, and fluidity to be a pretty good defender at the next level too and of course, again when it comes to the Miami Heat, they’ll get every bit of potential out of him on that side of the ball as well.

What really stands out about Days is another ability that goes back to his ideal fit as a stretch forward in the modern day NBA. A career 35 percent three point shooter in college on over four attempts, Days shot 40 percent on 4.6 attempts in his junior year and 35 percent on six attempts in his senior year this past season.

To validate that ability, a bit, and from the NBA deep stripe a step or so back, Days would shoot 37.5 percent on 5.3 attempts per game in just under 22 minutes of action across his three games played for the Spurs in the summer.

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Again, you hate to see Smart and Mulder go, but you knew Garrett would land a spot after having one last season and continuing to put his brilliant defense on display in these last few summer games. And when it comes to Days here, he could become the next great Miami Heat gem if his trajectory continues this consistently.