Duncan Robinson is an American pro basketball player for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association. He was born in York, Maine in 1990 to Elisabeth and Jeffery Robinson, who are from Brooklyn, New York. He spent the first four years of his career at the University of Kentucky, where he was an All-American point guard. Injuries forced him into a move to the NBA, where he spent the next seven seasons with the Heat.
During his time with the Heat, he became one of the best defensive players in the league, averaging a career-high nine.3 points per game. During his time with the Heat, he formed a defensive unit with a lot of key players, which made the Heat a perennial contender for championships. He also earned All-NBA Second Team honors twice. He was also an integral part of the Heat's championship team in three consecutive trips to the NBA finals, the Heat won the 2021 Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers and the 2021 Finals against the defending champions, the Chicago Bulls.
Since joining the Heat in the offseason, though, it has been speculation that Duncan Robinson will not have a role with the team in the near future. There has been much speculation that this is due to the fact that Miami did not re-sign its own players such as Rashard Lewis and Udon Butler. This is the same reason why two-way contracts are often being employed by most NBA teams right now. Teams cannot simply place players on the two-way contract and then have them play in the rotation until they are ready to be placed into the regular rotation.
Now, even if they cannot place a player on the two-way contract, it doesn't mean that they should not bring somebody in to compete for minutes with the Heat. Just because the Heat apparently are done adding big men, that does not mean that they are finished working out the best players in the league to compete against the Bucks. The fact is that Dunan shouldn't be written off just yet. As mentioned earlier, there is still an outside possibility that he could earn his third All-Star appearance this season.
Even if he doesn't play in the championship game this year, don't count the fact that he is one of the most improved players in the league out. There is no player in the league today that has developed as much as Duncan has. His three-point shooting has been phenomenal, and his defense has been even better. His rebounding numbers have been improved as well. On a statistical standpoint, there is little doubt that he has been improved.
In my opinion, there is no way that he is any better than Al Harrington or Troy Murphy as far as getting buckets, passing, and rebounding. I would put those two together at the top of the list as far as three-point shooting in the NBA. That's why I feel that the Heat need to seriously consider adding a three-point shooting specialist to their arsenal as soon as possible.
If the Heat can get someone like Kyle Lowery, they will finally be able to take advantage of the huge potential of having a true shooting guard on their team. This would give Miami the best chance of winning the title in the NBA's second-largest media market. So the question remains… Will they take the right steps to get Duncan Robinson and become a true competitive team? They had better hope so, or else they are going to continue to flounder in the NBA's Eastern Conference for the next few years.
At the very least, it appears that the Heat front line of rookies Justise Winslow, center Hassan Whiteside, and the recently acquired big man Dontae Redd will have a lot to prove over the next couple of seasons. They certainly have much to prove after missing out on the championship last year by just missing a few games. The expectations are high, and that is only natural when you consider what kind of talent that Duncan is. He is a beast in the paint and will absolutely destroy some defenders in the process. If he is playing with a good defensive player next to him, then the sky is pretty high for Miami in the near future.