On Tuesday, the Miami Heat made what was probably a fairly easy decision, picking up the 2014-15 option on reserve point guard Norris Cole’s contract, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst.
Last season, Cole’s second in the NBA, he averaged 5.6 points, 2.1 assists, 1.6 rebounds and 0.7 steals in 19.9 minutes per game in 80 games. He shot 42.1% from the field, 35.7% from beyond the arc and 65.0% from the free throw line.
Cole was much more efficient in the postseason. In 19.9 minutes per game, he averaged 6.1 points, 2.0 assists, 1.9 rebounds and 0.7 steals per game. He shot 48.0% from the floor, 53.1% from three and 73.7% from the charity stripe.
In his two year career, Cole has averaged 6.1 points, 2.0 assists, 1.5 rebounds and 0.7 steals per game.
He upped his three-point percentage form 27.6% in his rookie season to 35.7% last season, which is key for a team that relies so heavily on spreading the floor.
The Heat selected Cole with the 28th overall pick in the 2011 draft. Since being drafted, the Cleveland State product has served as the backup to incumbent starter Mario Chalmers, who had his option picked up prior to the season.
The Heat had until October 31 to pick up Cole’s option, which is worth $2 million.