Miami Heat summer league: Winslow, Richardson work on specific skills
Summer league is a time to test things out, andthe Heatwill be running several experiments over the next three weeks.
Second-year players Justise Winslow and Josh Richardson have been tasked with developing specific aspects of their game, assistant coach Juwan Howard gets his first chance to take charge and the staff is scrutinizingthe rosterto see if anyone is worthy of a training camp invite.
For Winslow, Miami’s first-round pick a year ago, a big part of his offseason is being dedicated to improving as a scorer. He shot 42.2 percent last year, including 27.8 percent on 3-pointers, and needs to establish himself as an offensive threat in order to compete for a starting job next season.
“I’m going to try to be more of a scorer,”Winslowsaid as the summer team went through two-a-day practices in Miami this week. “I don’t have that many games, so I’m going to work on the things I’ve been working on in this offseason and implement them into the game. The biggest thing is trying to be a leader and be the centerpiece of this summer league team.”
Winslow and Richardson are both planning to play three or four games in Orlando. Neither knew whether they would be active in Las Vegas, and Winslow already is committed to training with the U.S. national team this month.
Richardson’s offseason goal is to convince coach Erik Spoelstra that he can be effective at either guard position.
“Just being a playmaker,” he said. “I think next year I’ll have a bigger role in ball handling and playmaking, so I have to be ready to shoulder that.”
The only other player who was part of the Heat’s roster during the regular season is point guard Briante Weber. He went undrafted out of Virginia Commonwealth mainly because of a major knee injury, and Miami liked him enough to sign him in training camp last year with the hope that he could eventually earn a spot.