He was one of the positive stories that developed from the Miami Heat this season. From the moment he “fell” to the Heat at the number 10 overall pick in the 2015 draft, to being inserted into the starting lineup during the 2016 playoffs, Justice Winslow has proved time and time again he belongs in the NBA.
Winslow will be a key piece for this team in the 2016-17 season, and judging by what we’ve seen so far, things can only get better for the rookie.
MIAMI, FL – The NBA announced today that Miami HEAT forward Justise Winslow has been named to the Kia NBA All-Rookie Second Team. He becomes the 11th HEAT rookie to be named to an All-Rookie Team and the sixth to earn Second Team honors. He finished with 151 points, including 44 First Team votes.
Winslow appeared in a team-leading 78 games this season, becoming just the fifth Miami rookie to lead the HEAT in games played for a single-season, and averaged 6.4 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 28.6 minutes while shooting 42.2 percent from the field. He capped the season with 32 made three-point field goals and 26 blocks, becoming just the fourth HEAT rookie to hit at least those totals. He teamed with Hassan Whiteside to become the first pair of teammates in team history to grab double-figure rebounds off the bench in consecutive games after each recorded back-to-back games of 10 boards, first at Charlotte on February 5 and then vs. the Los Angeles Clippers on February 7. Among NBA rookie league leaders this season, Winslow finished fourth in minutes, sixth in steals (0.87), ninth in rebounds, 13th in scoring and tied for 14th in assists. Additionally, he appeared in 13 postseason games (two starts) and averaged 6.9 points, 4.8 rebounds and 25.4 minutes while shooting 43.2 percent from the field. He posted two double-figure scoring games and led the team in rebounds once. He became just the sixth HEAT rookie to start a postseason game after starting in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Semifinals vs. Toronto on May 13.