10 Reasons Miami Heat Fans Should Watch Summer League

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9. Has Shabazz Napier Recovered After Sports Hernia Surgery?

Shabazz Napier of the Miami Heat summer league

Napier was ruled out for the last two weeks of the regular season after undergoing sports hernia surgery at the beginning of April.

Before his season-ending injury, the former first-round draft pick averaged 5.1 points and 2.5 assists in 51 appearances. He even started 10 games during his rookie season.

However, the 23-year-old point guard had many growing pains as he was demoted to the D-League on a couple of occasions.

Summer league was supposed to be the time for Napier to show that he’s healthy and improved, but the sports hernia injury is still limiting the young guard. He did not play in the first two summer league games.

Napier should play a pivotal role off the bench for the Heat next season, so his health and improvement during the summer will be worth watching.

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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.