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Western Conference scout doesn’t think Justise Winslow should play point guard for Heat

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Justise Winslow wants to play point guard for the Miami Heat next season and doesn’t see himself butting heads with Goran Dragic.

Dragic played in only 36 games for the Heat last season due to a knee injury which required surgery, so Miami played Winslow at the point guard spot. The lefty averaged 12.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 2018-19 and recorded six double-doubles.

Dragic is 100 percent now, but Winslow still wants to be the floor general. One Western Conference scout, however, doesn’t think that’s such a good idea.

“He’s long, athletic and looks the part as a prototypical small forward but I’ve never said he could play point guard,” one Western Conference scout told Shandel Richardson of The Athletic. “He’s not a poor man’s LeBron James or Scottie Pippen. He doesn’t shoot it well from any of the stripes. I just don’t see him as a point guard. Maybe in an emergency situation. He needs improvement in other areas.”

Justise Winslow shot 43.3 percent from the field and 37.5 percent from beyond the arc for the Heat last season. Dragic is the better scorer, shooter and passer. In April, Heat president Pat Riley reiterated Dragic was the starting point guard moving forward.

It will be interesting to see where Miami head coach Erik Spoelstra plays Winslow in 2019-20.