Miami Heat's Norris Cole: The Next Rajon Rondo?

Carlos IglesiaContributor IIIDecember 28, 2011

DALLAS, TX - DECEMBER 25:  Norris Cole #30 of the Miami Heat dribbles the ball past Shawn Marion #0 of the Dallas Mavericks during the NBA season opening game at American Airlines Center on December 25, 2011 in Dallas, Texas.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Lots of hype about this kid Norris Cole all of a sudden. He's had a couple of impressive games with the Miami Heat as of late.

Looking at his high school and college ventures, however, he was OK, but far from being among the best young prospects for the big-boys' league.

Check his numbers for the Cleveland State Vikings, for instance, they were nothing impressive.

But if you live in Miami, or read any local blogs there, young Norris Cole is already being praised as the next CP3 or Rajon Rondo, at least. 

One must remember all the hype regarding his teammate at point guard "Super Mario" Chalmers. We all know how he has underperformed for years with the Miami Heat. 

Reminds me of all this new hype with young Norris Cole.

It's not too hard to score points when you're playing with the Miami Heat's formidable trio of Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh.

They will draw all of the defenders to themselves. If you're an unknown, and unproven kid named "Norris Cole" early in the season, you'll have lots of open looks to the basket. 

So, I'm not too impressed at all by this new NBA prospect. He still has a lot to prove in years to come.

Statistically, his assist numbers are almost laughable at this point, considering all the talented players he has around him to pass the rock to.



Rajon Rondo practically delivered another triple-double performance last night. Playing without Paul Pierce and facing Mario Chalmers plus Norris Cole.  And the depleted, "old" Celtics were within three points of an upset in the final minutes of the game.

Good point guards also need to defend, unless your name is Steve Nash.

Is Norris Cole better than "Rio" Mario Chalmers? Perhaps, we'll see.

But it's way too early to tell.

My guess is he's being way over-hyped thus far. And that's because this Heat team is so desperate for a decent, true point guard.

We'll have to wait and see if this kid Norris Cole can consistently deliver in the long-term.