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Miami Heat 2020-21 player review: Gabe Vincent

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One of Miami’s two-way players, Vincent’s role during the season fluctuated with teammates in and out of the lineup.

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We are about a month into the Miami Heat offseason!

Before we deep dive into everything regarding the future months for this team, let’s discuss the 2020-21 seasons for Heat players who played and finished the season on the roster.

For our 16th-and-final player review, we will look at second-year guard Gabe Vincent. Here’s the previous 15 Heat players we’ve reviewed:

Let’s dive into it!

Brief overview:

2020-21 stats (50 games):

  • 4.8 PPG
  • 1.3 APG
  • 37.8 field goal percentage
  • 49.8 true shooting percentage
  • 7.6 player efficiency rating

After spending his first two years in the G-League with the Stockton Kings — the affiliate for the Sacramento Kings — Vincent officially signed a two-way deal with the Heat in January of 2020. He played in 11 games with the Sioux Falls Skyforce while playing an additional nine games with the Heat — three of which came in the bubble. In the offseason, he re-signed on a two-way deal with Miami. Due to no Skyforce season, Vincent spent the entirety of 2020-21 on the roster and carved out a role as a 3-and-D point guard with moderate playmaking — playing behind Dragic and Nunn.

Number to note:

41.9 - Similarly to Robinson and Strus, Vincent will continually hoist the rock without a sliver of conscience. He took over half his shots from beyond the arc, sporting a 37.7 3-point percentage in college at UCSB; in 31 G-League contests with Stockton and Sioux Falls in 2019-20, Vincent shot 40.3 percent from 3-point range on 10.3 (!!!) attempts a game.

This year, Vincent’s 3-point efficiency plateaued to 30.9 percent while attempting nearly 64 percent of his field goal attempts from deep. However, his 3-point efficiency improved throughout the season. In his final 15 games of the season, Vincent shot 41.9 percent from deep — accounting for 65 percent of his attempts.

Best game?

Jan. 12 vs. Philadelphia 76ers

Two of Vincent’s best games came against the Sixers when Miami was ravaged with a combination of COVID-19 absences and injuries. Vincent started in both games and played 35-plus minutes in each performance.

In its Jan. 12 meeting, Vincent tallied a career-high 24 points on 9-of-20 shooting, including 4-of-12 from 3-point range with two rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Two nights later, Vincent tallied 21 points with eight dimes on 6-of-17 shooting, including 4-of-11 from beyond the arc.

According to John Hollinger’s game score metric, Vincent’s best game came in the Heat’s regular season finale against the Detroit Pistons. Vincent notched his first career double-double. He posted 15 points with ten assists on 6-of-12 shooting — 3-of-7 from 3-point range — adding six boards and two steals.

What’s next?

Vincent enters restricted free agency and it’s feasible that he returns with a close-to-minimum contract. If the Heat don’t have enough roster flexibility and want to keep Vincent as insurance in the G-League, Vincent signing a two-way contract makes sense.

However, depending on how the roster shakes up, Vincent could carve out a minimal role off the bench — assuming he re-signs. Over the offseason, Vincent will also play for Nigeria in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics — with teammates KZ Okpala and Precious Achiuwa potentially joining him. A positive tour against some of the nation’s best players could further incentivize Miami to bring Vincent back, too.