The Miami Heat were able to hold onto most of their roster after winning their second consecutive championship this summer, which has already placed them as the front runners by most betting circles to win a third straight championship next season. The Heat will continue to have one of the best rosters in the league.
Becoming a big name in the NBA is extremely difficult but even more so when you are on the same roster as LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. In this upcoming season, one player in particular will make a name for himself amongst the Heat’s Big Three, and that is Norris Cole. Although his points per game average decreased since last season, every other statistic of Cole’s went up, including his field goal percentage and three point shooting percentage.
Not only has Cole become a more effective offensive threat, but the young guard has also become one of the stoutest defenders in the league. Although his average of steals per game didn’t increase in the two seasons he has been in the league, it nearly doubled between both his appearances in postseason play jumping from 0.4 in 2012 to 0.7 in 2013.
This season could be a breakout year for Cole. Cole has proved he is not afraid to take the big shot and not afraid to guard some of the best players in the league. Cole will exceed all expectations of him this season and become the Most Improved Player for the Heat.