With the 10th overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, the Miami Heat selected former Duke freshman Justise Winslow.
The reasoning here is clear. Miami’s offense repeatedly found itself in lulls without any sign of a consistent 3-point shot. Winslow brings a lot to the table in that department, having shot 41.8 percent from that range last season for the Blue Devils. That compares to Miami’s collective 33.5 percent from beyond the arc last year.
“I’m going to play with Dwyane Wade and get to play with one of the greatest,” said Winslow, per the Miami Herald.
However, if recent rumors have any truth, his future playing days alongside Wade may already be numbered. It’s clear that the Heat want to shore up on their main offensive weakness, so this could merely be a move to provide depth with a legitimate long-range threat off the bench.
Still, fans can’t help but wonder.
In the meantime, the pick makes sense either way. On one hand, Wade’s health will cause him to hang up the cleats eventually, and the selection of Winslow provides a future replacement. On the other hand, it’s a nice bit of insurance should trade talks start to “heat” up.