Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra only expects the development to continue.
Rookie forward Precious Achiuwa finished the preseason with a 13-point, 15-rebound performance against the Toronto Raptors. With the regular season set to begin Wednesday against the Orlando Magic, Achiuwa has already proven he is smart enough to play in the NBA.
The heat is now awaiting the next step.
“That will continue to get better and more efficient because he understands our system and its role,” said Spoelstra. “Of course he has a lot of ability at the moment and as a screen and roll man, lobbyist or traffic catcher and able to finish… His physical equipment is extremely waterproof. His ability to move his legs and defend five positions. ”
Achiuwa, who played one season at Memphis, is ahead when it comes to rookie preparation. He often watches a movie with the teachers the next day after games. That and the Heat environment have helped slow down the game for him.
“I love it,” Achiuwa said. “I am very competitive and our practices are also very competitive. Just going against guys who are really good at basketball every day in practice, I think pushing me to upgrade my game and do what I have to do. Just playing with those boys every day, I think the game is a lot easier. ”
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