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By: Jack Alfonso
Over the past few weeks one player has become a big topic of discussion for many Miami Heat fans. Many questions surround the 2013 Heat draft pick, James Ennis, coming into his debut NBA season, but he has the potential to have a very successful NBA career.
After an impressive college career, James Ennis was drafted out out of Long Beach State with the 50th pick of the 2013 NBA draft by the Atlanta Hawks but was promptly trade to the Miami Heat for a future second round pick. After a solid summer league performance the former Big West Player of the Year spent the 2013-14 NBA season playing overseas for the Perth Wildcats in Australia. Already an athletic freak with a promising jump shot, the 6’7” 210 pound small forward improved his game while with the Wildcats, reportedly adding significant muscle and even growing an inch. Ennis performed better than anyone could have hoped overseas, winning the NBL’s Player of the Year award and eventually leading the Perth Wildcats to the league championship.
After averaging an impressive 22.3 points per game 7.3 rebounds per game and 2.2 assists per game on 47.8 shooting(39.5% from 3 point land) , Ennis the Menace as he was affectionately called Down Under took his talents to the Amway Center in Orlando for his second summer league season with the Miami Heat. Ennis quickly showed how much he improved while overseas, getting off to a phenomenal start in Orlando. In the Heat’s second summer league game the young forward put together a breathtaking performance leading his team to victory against the Nets with 29 points and an impressive showing from beyond the arc with 7 threes (see below). Ennis showed off his monster athleticism along with a much improved handle and three point shot during the summer league which led to Miami signing him to a multi-year deal.