10 Reasons Miami Heat Fans Should Watch Summer League

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3. Development of Josh Richardson

Josh Richardson of the Miami Heat

While all of the focus is understandably on Winslow, many people are sleeping on the Heat’s second-round draft pick, Richardson.

The 6’6″ shooting guard was selected with the 40th overall pick. Expectations are low because he was a late pick—if he even makes it to the 15-man roster on opening day, that will be considered a success for the University of Tennessee product.

Through two games in summer league, Richardson is averaging eight points, three steals and two blocks in 23 minutes per contest.

In his first game versus the Pacers, the young guard went 9-of-9 from the charity stripe. He commented on his effort during the postgame:

“I play hard every possession. I think I can bring something to this team.”

If he can bring something to the Heat during the regular season, Pat Riley will have struck gold with his decision to select Richardson in the second round.

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D.J. Siddiqi grew up in the heart of South Florida in Broward County. Growing up in South Florida during the late 90's and 2000's, D.J. witnessed the Pat Riley years where the Miami Heat faced off with the New York Knicks all the way to the painful late 2000's seasons where the Heat were a one-man team with Dwyane Wade. D.J. has closely followed the Heat over the past decade-and-a-half, and unfortunately witnessed Game 2 of the 2011 NBA Finals in person when the Dallas Mavericks overcame a 15-point deficit to knock off the Heat. D.J. has writing experience as a columnist with sites such as Bleacher Report and Rant Sports, and he is proud to bring his knowledge of the Heat and the NBA to Heat Nation.