Top Five Reasons Miami Heat Will Make Playoffs in 2016-17

Top Five Reasons Miami Heat Will Make Playoffs in 2016-17

Goran Dragic, Justise Winslow, and Hassan Whiteside

3. An Improved Justise Winslow

Justise Winslow Miami Heat

There’s a reason Justise Winslow was considered the steal of the 2015 NBA Draft. We saw glimpses of his greatness last season, particularly as a lockdown defender versus opponents’ top scoring options. As we move forward into a new NBA season, Winslow is widely expected to improve in every area of his game.

Despite his extraordinary instincts as an on-ball defender, his maturity, work ethic and high-basketball IQ are what set him apart from other rookies last season. Unfortunately, Winslow struggled on the offensive end in 2015-16. He shot a miserable 27.6 percent from three and had a below average 42.2 overall shooting percentage.

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To shore up some of his shooting woes, the 20-year-old has been working with a shooting specialist this offseason. One veteran staffer for the Heat claims working with the specialist has already helped Winslow make great strides with his shot.

“You will see a major difference; he can be a special player,” the unnamed staffer proclaimed.

Winslow spent time at the two, three and even four last season, showcasing his unique versatility. This upcoming season, expect Winslow to have a steadier role and become more consistent on the offensive end. After all, he is the present and the future of this Heat team.

Next: Goran Dragic in His Natural Element

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