Jamal Cain is due to a breakout. In summer league, he shined on both ends of the floor, averaging 15 points while playing intense defense. He showed improvement with his jump shot, while also attacking the basket at a high level.
Cain could just be another end-of-the-bench player who could eat up regular-season minutes, but everyone thought the same about Caleb Martin. Martin is now considered one of the best role players in the league and it’s not by accident.
The Heat can always use long, athletic, two-way players, and Cain could slide right in if he becomes a consistent 3-point shooter. The defense is there, we’ve seen it. It’s real. But if he can’t be a threat on offense, he’ll lose minutes to those who are knocking down shots.
Going into training camp, there are a lot of questions about these guys that could be answered by the end of it. The Heat have a history of finding and developing contributors on the NBA’s margins. Any of Jovic, Jaquez, Robinson, and Cain can be next.