GM Survey Picks Justise Winslow as Biggest Steal of Draft

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It is no surprise that Justise Winslow was considered a steal for the Miami Heat at the No. 10 overall selection.

However, general managers from around the NBA not only agree that Winslow was a steal—they feel he was the biggest steal of the 2015 NBA Draft. In the NBA’s 2015-16 GM survey released on Tuesday, the 19-year-old garnered the largest percentage of votes at 31 percent for the category of, “Which rookie was the biggest steal at where he was selected in the draft?”

Bobby Portis, who went No. 22 to the Washington Wizards finished as the runner-up at 24 percent, while the Denver Nuggets’ Emmanuel Mudiay received 20.7 percent of the votes after being drafted with seventh pick in the draft.

While Winslow received the most votes for the “biggest steal” category, he failed to receive any votes for the prediction of the NBA Rookie of the Year Award.

The rookie small forward projects to come off the bench as a backup to Luol Deng entering the season. There is also the possibility that Winslow could see minutes at shooting guard and even at point guard throughout the season.

Following last week’s preseason loss to the Orlando Magic, head coach Erik Spoelstra complimented a few of Winslow’s traits:

“Again, for a young player, he plays with a veteran poise, but he plays with a youthful intensity, particularly on the defensive end.”

However, Spoelstra did say that the small forward’s contributions aren’t always seen on the stat sheet, which may hurt his case for awards and honors down the road:

“He’s not a guy you can probably evaluate through, necessarily, analytics. He’s a basketball player. He makes winning plays. He does a lot of the little things. And he has a great pace to him.”

Though the praise from general managers and coaches have been high for Winslow, Heat Nation will have the opportunity to witness if he can live up to the hype during his rookie season.
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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.