The Miami Heat haven’t gotten off to their hottest start, sitting at just 4-7 in the standings at the moment. Needing to figure out how to be their best selves every night or at least, the best version of themselves, they continue to tinker and tweak as they progress through the early part of the year.
Though they are not doing the greatest themselves, that notion certainly doesn’t apply to all who have ever been associated with the Miami Heat. And in fact, a few former players are currently thriving more than others.
Let’s take a look at three of them.
Justise Winslow – Portland Trail Blazers
Justise Winslow had a really wonky tenure in Miami. Drafted three slots before Devin Booker, that would always be a tough thing to live past after about two years of seeing them both on the NBA hardwood.
Finding what his ultimate niche in the league would be near the end of his time with the Miami Heat, that would be the point forward role that allows him to take advantage of his ballhandling, playmaking, and straight-line drive ability as the main ballhandler on offense, while also being able to help out, pretty much, anywhere on defense with his size and versatility there.
Though only currently averaging 7.5 points 4.5 rebounds, and 3.3 assists per game across 10 games in about 26 minutes per game and on just under 27 percent from range, Winslow is finding a way to be a valuable member of Chauncey Billups’ Blazers rotation with his all-around versatility, timely playmaking, and defensive chops.