Justise Winslow has a broken jump shot, that much is clear in his young career. The Miami Heat has tried mightly to fit a square peg into a round hole without much success. But then, Julius Erving and Bill Russell had legendary careers without the dead-eye accuracy of a Ray Allen.
Heat fans were excited to get Winslow in the 2015 NBA Draft due to his championship pedigree at Duke University. Along with Jahlil Okafor, Justise formed an elite duo who promised bright futures in Miami and Philadelphia. The NBA exposed that one couldn’t score, while the other couldn’t defend.
What to do? Numbers show that Winslow can thrive under the right conditions, for example palm trees flourish in Miami, but wouldn’t survive the frigid winters of Minnesota. In the Heat’s 2-man pairings, Justise does best alongside marksman extraordinaire Wayne Ellington. Like his college days with Okafor, Winslow needs a talented scorer beside him to thrive.
Winslow’s defensive strengths aren’t in question, but what does he bring to the table on the offense? One noticeable trait he possesses is the ability to handle the ball equally well with either right or left hand. While going up the court you see him dribble the basketball smoothly switching it from one hand to the other.
The ability to show with one hand and finish with other isn’t for everyone, but can lead to some impressive finishes at the rim.
Not saying Winslow can finish like Michael Jordan, but mastering the technique of show and switch at an elite level can lead Justise to contributing on the offense side of the court. In Winslow’s case, his show and go works best, not by scoring himself, but in distributing ball to finishers such as Ellington, Hassan Whiteside, Tyler Johnson, Bam Adebayo.
Standing in the corner waiting to score hasn’t done Winslow justice. Using his ability to easily handle the ball with either hand and driving into the paint for a show and assist could lead to his redemption. At almost 22, Winslow might make the Heat hot down the stretch.