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Serving Justise: Strong debut for Winslow in Heat victory

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There was already plenty to like about the 19-year-old taken with the No. 10 pick in the draft.

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Glimpses of greatness. Potential for promise.

Five points, seven rebounds and two assists for rookie Justise Winslow. The final stat line wasn't flashy and didn't scream "Rookie of the Year."

Instead what it showed was potential, and that's all you can ask for in a rookies' first game and season. Glimpses of greatness. Potential for promise. You get the point right?

What Winslow showed last night was what he could be for the Heat this season. While you'll see the dunk that will replayed all across social media, it's how Justise uses his strengths on the court, and those strengths aren't reflected on the box score.

First you'll notice the defense he plays. It's against anyone, from your point guard, to your power forward, and he does it with quick feet. The way he forced Jeremy Lin to take that bad corner three because he didn't bite the fake? Good defense.

Second you'll notice how he's always around the ball. Seven rebounds for a 19-year-old? That isn't just being at the right place at the right time, but inviting yourself in without knocking on the door.

Lastly, it's his confidence in his abilities.

"He's the oldest rookie I know. He's got the body of one of my uncles. He comes in there with hair on his chest" - Chris Bosh on Winslow.

The "Big Hair Rook" isn't phased by anything, even though he had four fouls last night. Most rookies in that situation think about playing less aggressive defense in fear of fouling out, but instead you saw Winslow never changing his game due to his situation.

Now I know it was the Charlotte Hornets, a team that likely isn't going to the playoffs this season. A better measurement stick will be against the Cleveland Cavaliers, especially when Winslow goes up against LeBron James. Friday night under the bright lights will be Winslow's first real test, but last night's coming out party showed what Winslow could became.

Glimpses of greatness. Potential for promise.