Josh McRoberts: I’m probably not your favorite player

He is nearly 7-foot tall, but plays like a point guard.

Six teams have tried to figure out how to use him, yet he remains mysterious.

He would rather flip a no-look pass than go for the dunk.

He is the most interesting power forward in the world.

The Heat remain as fascinated by Josh McRoberts as they were when they signed him in July 2014, and he is finding his fit with their second unit. In particular, coach Erik Spoelstra’s crafty substitution pattern has set him as the perfect low-post complement to Chris Bosh.

McRoberts’ value is hard for anyone to quantify. He is a brilliant facilitator, can explode to the basket and is a potent 3-point shooter, yet none of his stats are amazing. He is averaging 2.6 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 14.7 minutes, and has never put up more than 8.5 points per game in his nine-year career.

“I’m pretty accepting of knowing that my game might not be appreciated by everybody,” he said. “If you’re just looking for numbers or scoring, that’s probably not gonna be your favorite player.”

His scoring could go up now that he is getting a better feel for the offense. Spoelstra wants him to be more assertive, especially given that he is a respectable 34.3 percent 3-point shooter for his career.

Beyond that, though, the Heat seem to simply love the indefinable qualities that make McRoberts who he is. So many teams have been drawn to his talent, but few have figured out how to use him. Charlotte coach Steve Clifford came the closest to getting it when he made him a full-time starter in 2013-14.

“The game has evolved with smaller ball to make me more comfortable and have the opportunity to create plays,” McRoberts said. “When I initially came into the NBA, it was more like, ‘This 4 guy is a passer. What are we gonna do with him? We don’t really have room for him.’ But I think it’s given me an opportunity to be more comfortable and make plays.

“I owe, if not everything, most of it to Coach Clifford. He was the first one to give me a full opportunity and to recognize what I might be able to bring to the team and put me in that role to really succeed.”

By: Jason Lieser, Palm Beach Post
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