Orlando, FL, United States (4E Sports) – The Summer League is proving to be a tough test for rookies as they try to transition from the college level to the pros. Miami Heat newcomer Shabazz Napier is no exception.
In his debut against the Boston Celtics, Napier shot 3 out of 15 from the field while turning the ball over eight times as the Heat fell 85-77.
According to ESPN, this seems to be a wake-up call for Napier, who believes this will make him understand the game better.
Napier also sees all of this adjustment as part of the learning process.
“I’m unable to do a lot of things I was on the college level. I’ve got to find the adjustments on how to do those things,” he added.
The two time NCAA champion is not the first ever tale of point guards having a hard time adjusting their game with the NBA.
Michael Carter-Williams, last season’s Rookie of the Year, also had a hard time playing in his stint in the Summer League but turned out to be an excellent all-around playmaker.
NBA Hall of Famer and two time champion Isiah Thomas expressed adoration for the young point guard’s game against the Celtics.
Thomas saw Napier’s competitiveness and his potential to become an impact point guard in the NBA.
The former Detroit Piston also liked how Napier shifted the momentum trying to spark a late run for the Heat without thinking about his previous play.
“The thing that is impressive is that he can have those type of bursts in a game,” Thomas added.
Napier accepted his mistakes and vowed to study and get prepared for the next games to come.
“I can come in here and not be prepared, or I can come in here and be prepared,” Napier said. “And I like being prepared for everything,” Napier stated.