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Duncan Robinson
Duncan Robinson
Position: F
Born: 04/22/94
Height: 6-7 / 2.01
Weight:215 lbs. / 97.5 kg.
Salary: $1,416,852
Miami Heat forward Duncan Robinson is still working to carve out his place among the NBA’s top shooters. After all, he’s still in the middle of his second season and first full season in the league after going undrafted in 2018. But Heat guard Goran Dragic believes Robinson is already one of the NBA’s best. “He’s the best shooter in the league,” Dragic said Wednesday following the Heat’s win against the Sacramento Kings to open its three-game scrimmage schedule at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista.
Robinson said coaches wear masks and gloves and only one-on-one instruction is allowed between a player and coach. No more than four players can be in the facility at the same time, players cannot shoot on the same hoop, and they must remain separated, Robinson said. “It’s definitely an adjustment but in Orlando people are going to be competing for a championship,” Robinson said. “We’re all on the same page in regards to that challenge. It’s more finding ways to be creative and maintain being in shape while challenging ourselves and pushing ourselves.”
Miami head coach Erik Spoelstra said during a teleconference call with local reporters earlier this month that the team held a virtual meeting to discuss the country’s reaction to Floyd’s death and how players and staff can help make a change. “In terms of what I took away most (from the meeting), just listening and hearing different perspectives,” Robinson said. “How I grew up and where I grew up is much different than my teammates, peers and counterparts. It’s important for somebody in my position to show empathy toward those different perspectives and allow those voices to be heard.”
The Heat has rights to both Vincent and Alexander this summer. Miami can convert their two-way deals into regular contracts or offer them another two-way deal during the offseason or preseason. The hope is that each will join the long list of Heat development success stories, including Udonis Haslem, Ike Austin, Voshon Lenard, Duncan Robinson, Kendrick Nunn and others. Ideally, Okpala and Silva — and Vincent and Alexander if two-way players are eligible to play in Orlando — would be able to observe in postseason.
It didn’t take long for second-year forward Duncan Robinson to make a strong impression on Miami Heat newcomers Jae Crowder and Andre Iguodala. In Crowder and Iguodala’s first few weeks with the Heat before the NBA season was suspended March 11 because of the coronavirus crisis, they both came away impressed by Robinson. Not only with Robinson’s ability to make threes, but also with his relentless off-the-ball work to find open shots and his desire to become more than just a three-point specialist.
“He’s establishing himself as an NBA player, not just an NBA player but a threat out there on the court,” Iguodala said of Robinson. “He’s very eager to get better and not be content, and I think you have a lot of shooters, especially in today’s game, that are satisfied with just being able to shoot because the game is trending that way. But I think he wants to be a complete basketball player.”
So, where does Robinson rank among the elite three-point shooters Crowder has played with? “He’s definitely top five,” Crowder said. “I’ve played with a few. Probably top two. I think about Kyle Korver and I think about Duncan. “To be honest with you, Kyle Korver comes off one way, though. Duncan is coming off both sides, so he’s a little more dynamic in that sense. I don’t want to say he’s a better shooter, but he’s more dynamic because really Kyle Korver wants to come off the left side of the floor. If you notice, he wants to come off that left side corner. So, Duncan can come out and play both sides. He’s a little more dynamic.”
The Heat had an off day in New York last season on a night their G League team played in Westchester, New York. A group of Heat coaches attended. Duncan Robinson played well, but did not chase one loose ball with enough gusto for the Heat contingent. “I knew that would be the one thing they’d notice,” Robinson said. When the Heat called Robinson up, they introduced a loose ball drill to his practice regimen. A coach would roll the ball, and demand Robinson dive for it, tip it to another coach, and sprint to the corner for a catch-and-shoot jumper. Robinson got good at cushioning falls. “It’s a skill,” he said. “Don’t fall on your hip.”
In November at Cleveland, Spoelstra bolted from the bench and screamed when Robinson veered inside the arc on a cut: “It was a bunch of expletives, and I almost yanked him,” Spoelstra recalled. Robinson heard it, and launched the next time he touched the ball. Spoelstra still makes him run wind sprints for pump-faking out of 3s. Robinson is firing more than eight 3s per game, and has hit almost 45%. Before this season, only three players had shot 40% or better on at least eight triples per game: Stephen Curry, Ray Allen, and Klay Thompson.
So what is the Heat getting in the three 6-foot-6 wing players acquired before Thursday’s trade deadline, all of whom were declared available for the Heat’s Sunday night game in Portland? A veteran NBA scout weighed in: “[Andre eIguodala] was a little less last year; he wasn’t as good as he was the prior year,” the scout said. “He’s lost a step. Obviously a smart player and can do a lot of different things. Not a great shooter. Is he a stopper now? No. He’s still a good defender but no longer elite. Maybe you play him 20 to 25 minutes a night. You could go offense/defense substitutions with him and Duncan Robinson late in games to some extent, but I don’t know if they’ll sub out Iguodala much late in games.”
Miami has told teams that Tyler Herro is off limits, at least for now. The Heat hit big with the Herro/Duncan Robinson/Kendrick Nunn pickups, and Miami isn’t interested in any contracts that stretch beyond 2021 … when Giannis Antetokounmpo could be a free agent, and Pat Riley will have another chance to lure a transformational star to South Beach. Danillo Gallinari fits that mold, and Gallo’s three-point shooting would be a welcome addition to Miami’s frontcourt.
Robinson played at Michigan but was lightly pursued by NBA teams until he was spotted in a Los Angeles workout in 2018 by longtime Heat scout Chet Kammerer, who has a history of finding diamonds in the rough for Riley. The Heat got Robinson on their summer league team, and now he’s third in the NBA in 3-point field goal percentage (.462). “He’s one of the best shooters on this planet,” Spoelstra said. “He’s hungry, he’s driven and he’s ambitious.”
With 94 made threes in the first 29 games, Robinson is on pace for 265 made threes this season. That would surpass Wayne Ellington’s mark of 227 made three-pointers from 2017-18 for the most threes made in a single season by a Heat player in franchise history. “Not surprised,” Robinson said of his success this season after spending most of his rookie year with the Heat’s G League affiliate while on a two-way contract in 2018-19. “I’ve learned that you don’t want to expect anything or feel that you’re owed anything. I could have put in the same amount of work and not played a minute. That’s just kind of how it goes. This league is so competitive and I have an understanding and appreciation for that. For me, it’s that competitiveness and competitive spirit that I think at times brings out the best in me.”
With the shooting display Robinson has put on this season, a spot in the three-point contest during February’s NBA All-Star Weekend in Chicago could be in his future. “Only just because people keep saying stuff to me about it,” Robinson said when asked if he has thought about the possibility of competing in the three-point contest. “It would be an honor, obviously. I’ve had that in my skill set my whole life. It would pretty surreal to be a part of it. But I try not to get too caught up in that and just focus on making shots and winning games.”
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Waiters, who has not played for the Heat this season, has lost $83,500 for each of the 17-games he has been suspended, $1.42 million total. As a matter of perspective, that is equal to the season salary being earned by the Heat’s Kendrick Nunn and Duncan Robinson this season. Whether the appeals are heard concurrently or individually, the appeal process is not expected to take place for months. The union did have the right to expedite the appeals of the two latest suspensions, but bypassed the opportunity, limited in the amount of times it can request expedited appeals for its entire membership.