10 Reasons Miami Heat Fans Should Watch Summer League

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4. Potential Breakouts

Willie Reed of the Miami Heat

Last year in summer league, the Heat had two players on their roster that no one in South Florida had heard of in Ennis and Johnson.

Both players would end up on Miami’s roster during the 2014-15 season as key role players. While Ennis made the opening day roster, Johnson was called up to the active roster from the Heat’s D-League affiliate in January of 2015.

Ennis averaged five points while playing 17 minutes per game in 62 appearances while Johnson averaged 5.9 points in 32 games played.

Unknowns like center Willie Reed could end up emerging as players who end up on the team’s regular season roster. Reed has been a bright spot through the first two games, as he’s averaging 12 points on 64 percent shooting with 1.5 blocks per contest.

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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.