It didn’t take long for Miami to figure out Justise Winslow was a special player.
In his first professional appearance, with the Heat at the Orlando Summer League, Winslow lined up all over the court and found numerous ways to make an impact.
The versatile forward wound up playing at four different positions during his 27 minutes on the floor and had no trouble establishing his presence.
Winslow finished with 15 points, three assists and two steals as Miami crushed the Pacers in the opening game of Summer League play, 92-76.
At times, Winslow was guarding power forwards in the post, then was bringing the ball up the floor and facilitating the offense.
“That’s my game, that’s what I do, I do everything on the court,” Winslow said. “Whatever position coach wants me to play, whatever they want me to do, I’m going to do it. That’s my goal.”
The 19-year-old was able to adapt to any situation in his debut, as he swished home a shot from beyond the arc, created numerous scoring opportunities for his teammates.
After his debut performance in the NBA, the most glaring stat, at least according to Winslow, was the zero rebounds he posted in the game.
Even though he failed to corral an errant shot, Winslow did crash the glass and managed to defect the ball to out and managed to provide suffocating defense on the perimeter.
Winslow’s play helped force 25 turnovers from Indiana in just 40 minutes of action.
The 10th overall selection of the 2015 NBA Draft has quickly established himself as the most versatile player in his class.
“I just try to do everything, make plays for my teammates and myself,” Winslow said. “However that comes, whatever position I’m doing it at, it doesn’t matter to me. (I’m) playing position-less basketball like Coach (Erik) Spoelstra says and make it work.”