Ranking NBA’s 25 Best Players Under 25

25. Justise Winslow — Miami Heat

Age: 22

The Heat paid a pretty penny to lock up Winslow. According to sources covering the league, multiple teams — including Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics — made lucrative deals to try and acquire the 10th overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft for the chance to select the sliding Blue Devil.

Through two years, the Heat looked like they had made a grave mistake. Winslow’s poor outside shooting was even worse than advertised, and he struggled to stay on the court for lengthy stretches.

Now in Year 4, Winslow is just starting to look like the player so many teams coveted leading up to the draft. The absence of point guard Goran Dragic has given Winslow more opportunities to act as the team’s main facilitator. His size and versatility make him a unique player — able to defend power forward’s on one end and control the offense on the other. His shooting has even improved, having knocked down just under 38 percent of his three-point attempts over the past two years.

Winslow is just approaching 23 years old, and projects to be a serviceable player who can switch on defense and create for others.

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