3 former Heat players thriving, 3 who are struggling this season

From LeBron James to Gabe Vincent, here is how several former Miami Heat players are faring with their new teams this season.
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P.J. Tucker
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P.J. Tucker

Miami's former forward is far from the only veteran in the Clippers ranks to be struggling this season, yet the 38-year-old is on course for his worst shooting season since his arrival into the league with the Raptors in 2006-07 with a 35% field goal percentage. Tucker is averaging 2.2 points per game as well as 0.4 assists.

Tucker played a pivotal role in Miami's brilliant 2021-22 season where they finished as the top seed in the East, starting in 70 regular season games and being named in the starting five for all 18 of that season's playoff clashes.

Though scoring has never been part of his game, Tucker still has a plethora of necessary work to complete to get up to speed with what Clippers coach Tyronn Lue wants him to do on the court in order to be an effective glue guy next to stars James Harden, Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.

The veteran has already publicly voiced his concerns about his drop in playing time since the switch from Philadelphia in the Harden trade: "I went from 30 minutes (a game) starting to playing 10 minutes coming off the bench," he stated after Sunday's 105-101 home defeat to the Memphis Grizzlies.

Lue's Clippers are in a ghastly state at the moment with just three wins from their opening 10, but the Heat's former reliable corner-3 shooter can't be blamed for much of the franchise's current failings.