Duncan Robinson started 68 games for the Miami Heat this season, but as the team improved and moved toward the playoffs, he was brought back to the bench as Max Strauss took over the main winger role. In the playoffs, Robinson saw his role shrink further, as he earned some DNP-CDs.
On his podcast “The Long Shot,” Robinson said that not running is “bad in many ways.”
“Not playing is bad…especially when you feel capable and you feel you can help win. It feels really hard.”
Dunc opens up about embracing his changing role in the playoffs. The full episode drops tomorrow.
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“Don’t play, it’s bad in so many ways…especially if you’re capable and you can help win. It’s a really tough feeling to fight. Especially when you’re on the cusp and in the midst of a race where your team is playing really well. It’s a really challenging mix of feelings of excitement because you You sacrificed a lot for the team and in your personal life to be in this position, but you also understand with that sacrifice comes an expectation that you feel you have a role where you’re contributing.”
Robinson went on to say he thought he handled his demotion as a professional and would thrive in whatever role the team gave him.
Robinson had a respectable 37.2% of 3 last season (more than three-quarters of his shots were from outside the arc), a fall from being above 40% in the past two years. Combine that with Robinson being an imperfect defender, and in the post-season, coach Eric Spoelstra looked to other players (Stross fired 41% of 3 on the season and is a slightly better defender).
Robinson signed a five-year, $90 million contract with the Heat last summer (the final year of that being an option player). His name has appeared in trade rumors as Miami is looking to upgrade its roster and already has Tyler Herro – who has a similar skill set – on the payroll.