Nov. 10, 2014
Heat Rookies For Breakout?
Despite losing LeBron James, the Miami Heat certainly have a few rookies that will make an impact down the road. However, will they make a fantasy impact?
James Ennis and Shabazz Napier are both promising rookies if they can garner consistent minutes for the Heat. Napier is already getting some minutes in Erik Spoelstra's rotation. He's never gotten less than 15 minutes, which is fantastic for a rookie that behind two point guards (Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole). What's holding him back? Shooting. Napier contributes a little in all categories, but he has definitely struggled, shooting a pretty low percentage. It may be just a mental block, as he was certainly a strong scorer (albeit streaky) in college.
Additionally, James Ennis is the spot up shooter to make everyone forget about future-HOF Ray Allen. However, he hasn't gotten more than 15 minutes in any game. Should he get more minutes, he'll put up more shooting that Napier currently lacks.
Watch out for both of these as we prepare for the meat of the fantasy season.