2011 NBA Draft Grades: Norris Coles Goes No. 28 Overall in a Trade to Miami Heat
The details are long, so they will be spared, but to make a long story short, Miami acquired Cleveland State point guard Norris Cole via trade with Minnesota.
To learn from a solid veteran in Mike Bibby, Norris Cole can definitely contribute to the Heat’s backcourt depth.
Now, although Miami is still in the need of a center, they may even put Bibby on the market, thus leaving Cole with Mario Chalmers.
However, both are much younger and quicker than Bibby, because keeping up with LeBron’s and Wade’s defense is key.
Make no mistake about it, Miami greatly improved with the addition of Norris Cole, who isn’t afraid to drive the lane and make things happen.
He’s had to work for everything he’s earned, so it should be no different in the NBA.
That said, the threat of him driving (and he will become one sooner than anticipated), will free up Wade and LeBron to have an even more efficient offense.
Switching to defense, and Cole has the ability to transition with Wade and LeBron, as well as be a force in not allowing the opposing backcourt to penetrate.
In turn, all that leaves is a center, and Miami is complete.
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