Briante Weber didn’t make the Heat’s 15-man roster to start the season. But he could be on an NBA roster soon.
The 23-year-old point guard is drawing a lot of attention for his play with the Heat’s NBA Development League affiliate this season. Weber is averaging 13.7 points, 7.8 rebounds, 6.8 assists and a league-leading 3.2 steals in 13 games for the Sioux Falls Skyforce.
On top of that impressive stat line, the Skyforce have outscored opponents by a combined 93 points with Weber on the floor (an important statistic for a point guard). Weber had already recorded two triple-doubles this season.
The 6-foot-2, 165-pound Weber is currently the No. 1 NBA prospect in the D-League’s “Prospect Watch” Top 25 rankings. The list is determined by a panel of basketball experts from various aspects of the industry and is based on a prospect’s ability to contribute to an NBA team both this season and beyond.
Weber is known for his defense, but he struggled offensively in his preseason tryout with the Heat. He finished the preseason with 20 turnovers to his 23 assists, and shot 30 percent from the field and 14.3 percent from three-point range.
In Sioux Falls, Weber is shooting 39.4 percent from the field and 32.4 percent from 3-point range. Those aren’t great shooting percentages, but he does have a solid 2.32 assist-to-turnover ratio.
Although Weber is a member of the Heat’s D-League affiliate, he can currently be signed by any NBA team. So, will the Heat sign Weber to an NBA contract at some point this season?
Right now, Miami’s roster is maxed out at 15 players. The Heat could have one open spot in February, though.
Miami can apply for salary-cap relief from Chris Bosh’s contract starting on Feb. 9 — a process that includes releasing Bosh. That would leave the Heat with 14 players and one empty slot in their 15-man roster.
The question is, will another NBA team sign Weber before that point?