How These Five Young Players Fit Into The Miami Heat’s Future

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2. Tyler Johnson

Tyler Johnson Dunking for the Miami Heat

Like Ennis, Johnson was a member of the team’s preseason roster. However, unlike Ennis, Johnson didn’t make the cut—he was released before the start of the season.

The 6’3″ shooting guard played on the Heat’s D-League affiliate Sioux Falls Skyforce up until January, when he was signed to a 10-day contract by Miami. Eventually the 23-year-old rookie was signed to a full season contract.

Johnson possesses the ability to get hot and score. Though he made just 32 appearances and averaged just 5.9 points in 18.8 minutes per contest, the potential is clearly there. On March 2, the Fresno State product scored 26 points in a 115-98 victory over the Phoenix Suns. Five days later, he posted another 24 points in a win over the Sacramento Kings.

All things considered, Johnson will have every opportunity to be D-Wade’s primary backup next season. The Heat love their homegrown products and TJ fits that profile.

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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.