3 former Miami Heat players that are thriving early in 2022-23

Chicago Bulls guard Goran Dragic (7) looks to pass as Miami Heat guard Max Strus (31) defends(Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports)
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Utah Jazz forward Kelly Olynyk (41) holds his shot pose after making a three point shot against the Memphis Grizzlies(Rob Gray-USA TODAY Sports) /

3 Former Miami Heat Players That Are Thriving Early In 2022-23 – Kelly Olynyk

Victor Oladipo has yet to play a game for the Miami Heat this season. And after playing in just 12 games total since coming over from Houston in 2020-21, there is, reportedly, no timetable for his return yet in this current season.

That’s not good, not good at all. While that is extremely vital to the Miami Heat’s relevance this season, his current status isn’t relevant, at all, here.

Oladipo, himself, is relevant in this equation though because in order to get him to Miami in the first place, the Heat sent Avery Bradley and, you guessed it, Kelly Olynyk, to the Rockets. And after becoming a free agent that offseason, KO would sign a three-year deal with the Detroit Pistons for $37.2 million dollars.

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Kelly Olynyk – Utah Jazz

As Utah kicked off a teardown, amongst the trades of both Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell, Olynyk was traded to Utah from Detroit in exchange for the since-extended, Bojan Bogdanovic.

Just like the Utah Jazz though this season after many thought they would be putrid, Olynyk has proceeded to shockingly remind people that he can really ball. Never wanting to see him leave the Miami Heat in the first place, personally, it’s the cool thing to say now to point at what he’s doing as if you were always Team KO.

Though the coolness is another fact that’s neither here nor there, the reason why it’s “cool” is important and that’s because of what he is doing to help the thriving Utah Jazz that many left for dead after shipping off their two biggest stars and best players.

Averaging 12.3 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 3.2 assists on a whopping 56.8 percent from three-point range, Olynyk’s size, versatility, and shooting are coming in extremely handy for a Utah team currently sitting at 10-3 and atop the Western Conference.