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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Precious Achiuwa
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Precious Achiuwa

Tyrese Maxey's explosive start to the season has reignited discourse surrounding the Heat's decision to select Precious Achiuwa ahead of the now-thriving Sixer in the 2020 NBA Draft in one of the organization's least successful draft selections to date.

Leaving the Heat in 2021 as part of the sign-and-trade for Kyle Lowry, Achiuwa made 61 appearances in his time in South Florida averaging just 12.1 minutes per game and shooting 54% from the field.

The 24-year-old has encountered a troubling start to the season as part of coach Darko Rajakovic's Raptors, and has failed to make much-needed developments in his all-round game since his arrival in the NBA.

Currently, Achiuwa is looking lost and indecisive on the offensive end for Toronto and largely ineffective as a defender in his significant minutes off of the bench, with his points average being down from his previous two seasons as a Raptor (7.5 per game) as well as the fact that he is averaging less than a block and steal per game.

Generally, Achiuwa still appears to be extremely raw and negates his moments of promise and physical prowess with mistakes. In Wednesday's home loss to the Bucks, Achiuwa elected to dismiss an open corner 3 to drive into the congested paint for a blocked layup.

In October, Achiuwa confirmed that the Raptors had failed to extend his contract which will likely result in him entering free agency in the offseason.

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