Don't be shocked if you see this name on the Miami Heat roster next season, James Ennis. The 50th pick in the 2013 draft is starting to make a name for himself in the NBA's Summer League in Orlando.
In his first two games with the Heat this summer, he's scored 47 points in 54 minutes while shooting 9/10 from three point land. That could fit into the Heat's plans as they can add another shooter off the bench to help replace aging veterans at a cheap cost. He had a positive summer league last year too as he scored 13 points a game while shooting over 42% from three point range.
The main reason for the second year man out of Long Beach St not on the roster last season was due to the Heat's limited cap space. So Ennis decided to play in Australia, where he played for the Perth Wildcats. He averaged over 21 points per game while helping lead his team to the title. He made the league's All-First team as he shot over 46% from the field.
Ennis was also very successful at Long Beach St, where he won the Big West player of the year in 2013 and was an honorable mention for the All-American teams in his senior season. He went to JUCO for two years before latching on with the 49ers.
It was a smart financial decision last year for Ennis, as the max salary in the D-League he was looking at was $25,000. He opted to play in Australia as the Perth team gave him an out to play in the NBA next season. Most overseas contracts require a player to play with that team for two years, with no opt out options.
Ennis has a disabled mother and five siblings to help support so here's to him landing that NBA deal this year. The Heat will definitely have the cap room to do so. At 6'7" and 210 lbs. for a shooting forward, he definitely has an NBA body and the Heat may have found a diamond in the rough.