Justise Winslow Available for a Trade?

Miami Heat forward Justise Winslow drives against the Phoenix Suns during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Guess who is buying Justise Winslow stock? Me.

Jake Fischer of SI, who has been a busy bee around the rumor hive lately, reported this today:

Teaming up with Jeremy Woo, these two have revealed that Miami is looking to get back into the first round of this draft. Their current pick belongs to Phoenix (#16.) What would a team be getting in Winslow?

At first glance, his first three years in the League have not been that impressive. Check out the stats.

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Let’s take a deeper dive, albeit a quick one.

Winslow did show improvement in year two, despite it being cut short by injury. At 6’6″ with a 6’10” wingspan, Winslow is a long and strong wing who has three (potential) strengths with his corner shooting, creation, and defensive versatility. At least, we have seen glimpses of these strengths.

Exhibit A: Floor Spacing/Corner Threes

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The 22-year-old took over 50% (!) of his threes from the corner last season and banged 40% of them! Corner spacing is incredibly important for teams and Winslow kills it from there.

Exhibit B: Creating/Passing

Winslow is not a primary ball handler but, he can be a good secondary creator. His PnR game is criminally underrated. Right now, he is a bull with the ball who straight-line drives to the rim, but is damn good at it. His vision is promising, however, if he develops more PnR passing skills, look out!

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This play isn’t sexy, but it is what teams do in this league Every. Single. Night. Tons of potential for the Duke product.

Exhibit C: Defense

One of Winslow’s original selling points, his defensive potential is outrageous. Watch him shut down CJ McCollum and then stare at him for bonus points. This is some lockdown D right here.

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Trade Partners?

Teams with extra firsts, or mid-to-late first should be taking a flier on Winslow. Who are these squads?

Atlanta, Phoenix, Boston, Chicago, Philly, LA, Washington. Brooklyn and Milwaukee. I would watch out for the Celtics, as Danny Ainge once tried to move a bevy of picks for the former Blue Devil. The 27th pick plus Guershon could be interesting, although I am sure Miami would want a higher pick.