Jaime Jaquez Jr. Making an Impact with the Miami Heat – A Rookie Learning Quickly from Veterans

NBA – The Heat’s rookie winger is off to a good start, with a team of veterans around him. And what’s more, he learns quickly!

While the Heat didn’t necessarily expect much from him offensively, at least immediately, Jaime Jaquez Jr. (1m98, 22 years old) has been helping out quite well on that side of the field lately.

Fifth best scorer for his team, and sixth best scorer among rookies, at just over 11 points on average per game, the Mexican international is feeling better and better in the deep end.

With nine of his last ten outings at 10 points or more, for an average of 15 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists over the period (all at 50% at 3-points).

“At every stage of my career, I have succeeded quite quickly. I always found a way to stay on the field. From my freshman year in high school to my freshman year in college, and now in the NBA where I’m probably asked more than a normal rookie. »

Selected as the 18th pick in the last Draft, the former UCLA player (where he spent four seasons) is a great pick to bring his freshness and energy to a group of old hands. In any case, it sticks to the Heat, who want versatile players capable of holding their own in defense.

Good advice from Jimmy Butler

“I’m talking to Jimmy [Butler] when he’s not playing. We talk all the time when we’re on the bench”reveals Jaime Jaquez Jr. for ClutchPoints

. “He tells me what he sees and what I can do better. In training too, he talks to me about the little things that can help me improve. It helps me a lot to have all these veterans around me. I try to make the best of it. »

With an already rather clean game (51% shooting including 40% at 3-points and 1.5 lost balls), “JJJ” provides another offensive solution, in a “point forward” role in a way. He thus puts oil in the wheels of the Heat and does not hesitate to initiate the rapid game either. To serve Jimmy Butler under the circle, for example.

A Swiss army knife on both ends of the court, the California native doesn’t seem too out of place in South Beach.

“I have always managed to adapt in my career, and do things the first time somehow,” he concludes. ” I hope it will continue. I’m just happy that the coach has this type of confidence in me. »

Jaime Jaquez, Jr. Percentage Rebounds Season Team MJ Min Shots 3pts LF Off Def Tot Pd Fte Int Bp Ct Pts 2023-24 MIA 17 26 50.7 40.0 82.4 1.3 2.5 3.8 2.4 2.2 1.1 1.5 0.2 11.2 Total 17 26 5 0.7 40.0 82.4 1.3 2.5 3.8 2.4 2.2 1.1 1.5 0.2 11.2

How to read the stats? MJ = matches played; Min = Minutes; Shots = Successful shots / Attempted shots; 3pts = 3-points / 3-points attempted; LF = free throws made / free throws attempted; Off = offensive rebound; Def=defensive rebound; Tot = Total rebounds; Pd = assists; Fte: Personal fouls; Int = Intercepts; Bp = Lost balls; Ct: Against; Pts = Points.

2023-11-28 18:12:42
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