3 Miami Heat players who exceeded expectations the first half of the season

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Duncan Robinson

Duncan Robinson
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Duncan Robinson went from being out of the rotation last season to playing a crucial role in the Miami Heat offense this season. When he fell out of the rotation, his five-year, $90 million contract looked like one of the worst contracts in the league. But the more 3-pointers he hits this season, the more it feels like the contract was worth it.

Robinson has resurrected his career, averaging a career-high 13.9 points per game while shooting about 41 percent from deep. His skills beyond the 3-point line are no longer in question; he has improved his dribble drive game significantly. According to Robinson’s shot profile, the percentage of his shots that are 3-pointers is the lowest of his career. This proves that he is expanding his game to be more than just a 3-point shooter (although, he is still doing a really good job at that).

The only real flaw in Robinson’s game right now is his defense. Spoelstra knows this is an issue and he has been able to hide it well in zone defense. Spoelstra has run lineups with both Tyler Herro and Robinson to success.

Robinson will play a key role for Miami’s bench for the second half of the season. If he continues to produce at a high level offensively, he will help the Heat win just as many games as the first half.

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