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Heat Profile: Shabazz Napier

This weekend we saw rookie point guard Shabazz Napier take it to the San Antonio Spurs. He helped seal the deal in overtime for the second win of the Miami Heat’s preseason by putting on a scoring clinic. He looked sharp, spry and downright deadly with his jumper. In a game where Miami stars Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh had the night off, it was Napier’s time to shine, and shine he did. Shabazz led all scorers with 25 points, including the game-sealing jump shot to take down the defending NBA champions. It was a sight for sore eyes as Napier struggled mightily in his summer league outings. He has shown much improvement since then.

So, now that we’ve seen a little bit of what the young point guard can bring to the court against a top-tier opponent, let’s take a step back and ask the question; who is Shabazz Napier?

Napier was born in Roxbury Massachusetts and developed a skill for the game at a very early age. He was never the biggest or the fastest, but those who know him best will tell you that nobody competes harder. In high school, he led his team to an undefeated 29-0 season and then elected to attend the University of Connecticut to play college ball.

Four years later — Shabazz Napier is essentially a legend at UConn. He managed to lead his team to two National Championship victories (2011, 2014) during his NCAA tenure, was named NCAA Tournament MVP and was even elected as the AAC player of the year in 2014.

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Napier was then drafted in the first round to the Charlotte Hornets but after Lebron James tweeted out that Shabazz was his “favorite player” in the draft,  Miami made a trade to nab the former Husky. The King made his request and the organization was quick to appease. Obviously, it wasn’t enough to keep Lebron in South Beach but the Heat organization isn’t looking back now. Pat Riley has expressed great fondnesss for Napier and hopes he can shore up some of the trouble the Heat have had at the point guard position over the last few years.

Young guys like Shabazz Napier and Jamess Ennis look to give the Heat a much needed energy boost coming off the bench for a predominantly veteran ball club.

Although Napier is undersized at just over 6 feet, 180 pounds, he posseses remarkable scoring ability and has significantly improved on his 3-point shot over the last couple of years. Don’t be surprised if this kid ends up as a starter by mid-season.

Miami has a lot to look forward to coming into the 2014-2015 season. With a slate of fresh faces and the potential to be serious contenders in the East, Shabazz and the Heat are sure to turn their fair share of heads starting in late October

Written by Grant Cohen

Twitter: @GrantCohen

Welcome to Miami, Shannon Brown

By: Santiago Archieri

On August 27th, 2014 the Miami Heat signed Shannon Brown. Brown is joining his 7th NBA team, getting geared up to play in his 9th NBA season, and is a two time NBA champion.

Brown was drafted 25th overall in the 2006 NBA draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers. Brown started in five matchups and was part of 23 games, but was sidelined with a shin injury. He was then called to the Developmental League, and was set to play for the Albuquerque Thunderbirds. He played one game in the D-League and was called back to the NBA. The following season, Brown was sent to the D-League again and played for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. On February 21st, 2008, Brown was dealt to the Chicago Bulls.

Shannon Brown would spend the rest of the season in Chicago, and went on to sign with the Charlotte Bobcats in the offseason. He did not get much playing time in his 30 games in Charlotte, and on February 7th, 2009, Brown was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers. Brown was limited, but as the season came to an end and the playoffs began to loom, Brown was getting solid playing time for the first time in his professional career. In the first round matchup this season, Brown averaged 17 minutes a game versus the Utah Jazz. He resigned with the Lakers, and spent his next two seasons there, playing in all 82 games in each season. In his two years in Los Angeles, Brown averaged 8.4 points per game.

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Brown’s stint with the Lakers ended in 2011, when he went on to sign with the Phoenix Suns. In Phoenix, Brown had his breakout seasons. Brown averaged a career high 11 points per game, and in his second year in Phoenix, Brown played a career high 23.8 minutes a game, averaging 10.8 points per game. In 2013, Brown was traded to the Wizards but was waived three days later.

Ever since his run in Phoenix, Brown has not been the getting the opportunity to play much. In the last season, Brown appeared in the San Antonio Spurs in the span of two 10 day contracts, and he signed with the New York Knicks for the remainder of the season after the Spurs let him go. Brown averaged nearly 8 minutes last season, scoring 2.2 points per game.

However, coming off a very disappointing season, there is a lot that Brown can have to show the league. The Heat are giving Brown a chance to be an important role player coming off the bench. Brown has ridiculous athleticism. His shooting from beyond the arc is not the strength of his game (33% career average) but he is able to force himself to the basket and is an above the rim player. When he draws contact, he will make opponents pay. Brown shoots 81% from the free throw line for his career and his career high was 91%. Already a two time NBA champion with the Lakers, Brown has experience in the playoffs and finals, being part of 55 career post season games. This is important for Miami because Brown has proven he can be a valuable asset to a championship team coming off the bench.

Brown is projected to back up Mr. Three, Dwyane Wade. In his career, Brown averages 18 minutes per game, 7.7 points per game, 1.9 rebounds, 1.1 assists and shoots 42% from the field. Brown has shown his efficiency when he receives his minutes (His Phoenix years), but he will not be averaging 20+ minutes a night in Miami. If Brown can keep his career averages in Miami, he will be a solid contributor. He was not signed to start or take over games, but his athleticism, speed, and strength will be an important piece to Miami’s bench production.

Miami Heat 2014-2015 Intro Video Preview

With the start of a new Heat season comes the expectation of a new and exciting Heat Intro Video to pump up Heat Nation. This year, the video takes special significance. Just enjoy the following previews. NOTE: We in Miami can use a McLaren properly; the most Cleveland can hope for is painting a beat up Chevy…Heat Intro 2Heat Intro 3 Heat Intro 4 Heat Intro 5 Heat Intro 2014 2015