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Meyers Leonard said Heat will need Kendrick Nunn at some point. Is he right?

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Both Leonard and Nunn have gone out of the rotation.

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In interviews with media members, Meyers Leonard addressed his own move from starter to out of the rotation; he said, “This is something I’ve been through in my career.”

Leonard also spoke about another regular season starter who has also come out of the rotation — Kendrick Nunn.

But with Erik Spoelstra leaning heavily on Goran Dragic and Tyler Herro — they’ve averaged 33 and 34 minutes per game in the playoffs thus far, respectively — is Leonard right?

As I mentioned in my recap to Miami’s win in Game 2, Nunn’s best chance to enter the rotation would be a simple swap of him for Derrick Jones Jr. Jones was a -11 in both Game 1 and Game 2 of the Heat’s first-round series against the Indiana Pacers. Dragic found him for several nice lobs to the basket in Miami’s win over the Pacers in the seeding games, but that action has been mostly absent in the playoffs.

Jones isn’t a good 3-point shooter, so his offensive value comes from his cuts to the basket for dunks. And he hasn’t found his groove on that end of the floor — he’s averaging just two field goal attempts per game in the playoffs.

Defense has been Jones’ strong suit; the 2020 Slam Dunk Champion has proven capable of keeping up with point guards and anchoring the top of the Heat’s 2-3 zone. He has the upper hand on Nunn on that end of the floor. But if Nunn shows that his struggles during the seeding games are behind him, he could add value to the Heat with his pull-up midrange jumpers and respectable 3-point shooting.

Already up 2-0 in the series, Spoelstra may not feel the need to change his rotation now. Nunn may only get playing time in some garbage minutes if that’s the case. But if the Heat need some offense, a player who averaged 15 points per game this year is on the bench waiting for the opportunity.