LeBron James Praises Heat's Development of Duncan Robinson, More: It's 'Damn Good'

Erin WalshApril 17, 2022

MIAMI, FL - MARCH 28: Duncan Robinson #55 of the Miami Heat handles the ball during the game against the Sacramento Kings on March 28, 2022 at FTX Arena in Miami, Florida. 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. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2022 NBAE (Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The Miami Heat entered halftime of Sunday's Game 1 of their first-round series against the Atlanta Hawks with a 59-40 lead, in part because of solid depth performances from Duncan Robinson, Max Strus and Gabe Vincent. 

The trio combined for 22 points during the first half of Saturday's game. Before the third quarter, Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James lauded the Heat's ability to find and develop players like Robinson, saying the development in Miami is "damn good."

LeBron James @KingJames

Facts! Player Development there is damn good!! <a href="https://t.co/sA5uzs7Hro">https://t.co/sA5uzs7Hro</a>

Having played for the Heat from 2010-14, James knows just how well Miami does in developing talent. 

Robinson, Strus and Vincent all went undrafted, and all of them have been key performers this year. 

Robinson finished the regular season averaging 10.9 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists while shooting 39.9 percent from the floor and 37.2 percent from deep. Strus, meanwhile, averaged 10.6 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game, while Vincent averaged 8.7 points, 1.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game.

Considering Miami has immense depth, it'll be one of the most difficult teams to beat down the stretch of this year's playoffs.