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From Wade to Winslow: SI cover highlights present and future for Heat

Sports Illustrated magazine cover foreshadows the future of the Miami Heat

Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

As you read HERE, four NBA teams are featured on the regional covers of Sports Illustrated, previewing the NBA season.

The article focuses on how each team has a superstar, but now that star has a "student" to mentor. One of the featured duos is Justise Winslow and Dwyane Wade representing your Miami Heat.

So what did Wade have to say about the pairing and what the future for both players may look like?

"We went in, knocked it out, and we had fun doing it," Wade told Ira Winderman of the Sun-Sentinel after Tuesday's practice. "We just saw the cover today. He was happy with it. He gave his thumb up of approval of how he looked."

Wade also recently spoke of his connection to the rookie:

"It's just passing down knowledge to someone who I think could be good at things I think I have strengths at. It's going to take a while. But if he figures it out at 21, he's ahead of the curve. I figured it out at like 27. So I'm just trying to help him get ahead." Wade continued: "I try to spend as much time with him as possible, sometimes just spending time together," he said. "Obviously he's someone who's similar in the sense that we're two of the best play makers on this team. We have some things in common in our job for our team. So a lot of things I run he's probably going to be running."

Winslow has shown flashes of Wade's style of play this preseason, especially Wade's signature Euro Step move.

Winslow is in the perfect place to grow, learning from Wade while also leading the second unit. His defensive tenacity is key for a bench where most of the players are known for their offense.

So can Winslow carry the torch passed by Wade? Sports Illustrated thinks so. So do I.