Maten at 22 years of age adds another potential layer to the Heat’s outstanding efforts by their 22 and under players, who have impressed fans in Miami’s last six games.
The table below shows the young ones exceeded the efforts of their more experienced teammates in +/- numbers per 100 possessions in the last six games.
Miami Heat Last Six Games
|Derrick Jones Jr.||21||3||16.5||15.1||97.7|
Winslow has 3 seasons in the pros under his belt, Jones Jr 2 seasons, and Adebayo 1 season, i.e. they’ve competed against grown men in the NBA.
The net ratings give a very similar picture compared to the +/- rankings in favoring the bearly legal talents.
While Adebayo, Jones Jr. and Winslow aren’t All-NBA talents individually, their combined length and motor disrupt the opposition’s flow on offense.
Maybe one or two defenders won’t get the stop, but when Miami has multiple players ready and able to protect the rim a kickstart campaign may do the trick.
The next stage in the evolution of Winslow, et al lies in shutting down other team’s starters, instead of the bench players the rotation players have faced thus far.
Much as a Whiteside and four munchkins lineup fits the current small-ball blueprint, a ”Big Five” lineup of 6’6” and over players may present a path to beautiful basketball for the Heat in Miami going forward.