Achiuwa and Vincent show off tantalizing talent in exhibit
Nigeria’s shocking 90-87 win over Team USA featured four Miami Heat players – Bam Adebayo for Team USA and Precious Achiuwa, KZ Okpala and Gabe Vincent for Nigeria.
Achiuwa made the match climax by blocking a Kevin Durant dunk attempt with his free hand. This is the type of play that has revealed his defensive versatility. Achiuwa same knocked down a 3 point, a crucial skill that will help determine if he fits into the Heat’s long-term plans.
But Gabe Vincent scored a high of 21 points out of six 3 points in the show. He also had two free throws with 13.2 seconds left to secure the victory.
Vincent joined Miami in the 2019-20 season and only has a two-way contract. His future with the Heat seems to be reaching a crossroads. Either he’ll have a standard contract and become a rotational player – like Duncan Robinson and Derrick Jones Jr. have done in the past – or he’ll have to find another NBA team.
Although he came from the G League as a 3-point specialist – he shot 40.4% on 10 attempts per game in 2019-2020 – he struggled at the NBA level. In 50 games last season, Vincent only managed 30% of his long-range shots.
Can Vincent bottle his G League and international shooting and let it fly in the NBA? The answer to that question may determine whether the former UC Santa Barbara will play for the Heat next season.