Achiuwa made the highlight of the game when he blocked a Kevin Durant dunk attempt with his off hand. It was the type of play that revealed his defensive versatility. Achiuwa even knocked down a 3-pointer, a crucial skill that will help determine whether he fits into the Heat’s long-term plans.
But Gabe Vincent scored a game-high 21 points on six 3-pointers in the exhibition. He also sunk two clutch free throws with 13.2 seconds left to secure the win.
Vincent joined Miami during the 2019-20 season and has only been on a two-way contract. His future with the Heat appears to be reaching a fork in the road. Either he’ll be on a standard contract and become a rotation player — as Duncan Robinson and Derrick Jones Jr. have in the past — or he’ll have to find a different NBA team.
Though he came from the G League as a 3-point specialist — he shot 40.4 percent on 10 attempts per game in 2019-20 — he’s struggled at the NBA level. In 50 games this past season, Vincent made just 30 percent of his long-distance shots.
Can Vincent bottle up his G League and international play shooting and let it fly in the NBA? The answer to that question may determine whether the UC Santa Barbara alum plays for the Heat next season.