Locking Up Norris Cole Before Season Was Great Move By Miami Heat

By Shane Phillips
Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Only a few weeks ago, the Miami Heat picked up the rookie option on Norris Cole‘s contract. The move made Cole the only player locked into the roster for the 2014-15 NBA season.

Cole was also the center of trade rumors as Pat Riley and Miami were apparently looking to shop the point guard, but it seemed to be nothing more than a value rating.

Whatever trade rumors there may have been, Cole has put them to sleep so far. Now entering his third season, all with the Heat, Cole is averaging career high numbers through four games.

His first two seasons, he averaged around six points, two assists and one rebound. This season, the backup point guard is averaging nine points, three rebounds and three assists per game. Those are all career-highs.

Cole has also been shooting the lights out, making 62 percent of his field goals and 44 percent from long range. All of his numbers have shown great improvement.

Miami made a terrific move locking up Cole and got him for a steal. He has proven to be a great spark of the bench. He was a big help in Miami’s back-to-back championships, and now he is gunning for Mario Chalmers‘ starting job.

I don’t think Cole will eclipse Chalmers, but he will continue to see an increase in playing time if he continues the way he is playing. The young man has turned out to be a fantastic surprise for Riley and Erik Spoelstra.

Cole has shown he is worthy of playing in South Beach and alongside the ” Big 3″. Unless everything falls apart — i.e. Miami does not win the championship and Riley constructs some sort of mega deal — Cole will be with the Heat next season and longer if he keeps his play up.

Shane Phillips is a Miami Heat writer for RantSports.com Follow him on Twitter @Smphil01, “Like” him on Facebook or add Shane to your network on Google.

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