Miami Heat have promising young players under 23 years of age in Bam Adebayo and Justise Winslow, but injuries and unexpected circumstances force NBA teams to always have plans B and C ready. Part of that includes the new two-way contracts which NBA teams have embraced. That said, let's look at Miami's two-way contract players in Sioux Falls.
So far after 13 games Matt Williams is averaging a paltry 33.6% FG% against G-League defenses, with a negative plus/minus number. Derrick Walton Jr. is slightly better at 40.2%, but the team has a 2-5 record with him on the court, which indicates he's had minimum impact for the Skyforce.
If necessary they can be waived or traded, and two other players given two-contracts. Today those extra two 16th and 17th roster spots don’t seem important, but in the back end of the season, and for future planning, one uncovered gem can make a difference.
The deadline for signing players to two-contracts, for up to two-years, is about a month away at Jan. 15. Players on two-way contracts don’t have to be rookies: they can be free agents with up to three years of NBA experience. James Johnson, Tyler Johnson and Hassan Whiteside are G-League alumni who later signed NBA contracts, and now are important parts of Miami's rotation.
Of all the players on the Skyforce roster, the one with the highest +/- is a 6'3" shooting guard, Geron Johnson.
The Heat can never have enough trade-able assets to build a championship team. Going into the middle third of the season teams such as the Oklahoma City Thunder and Memphis Grizzlies may start moving pieces to salvage their season. If the price is right, Miami might be as lucky as the Indiana Pacers snagging players such as Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis in a favorable deal.