Miami’s Newest Two-Way Player: Gabe Vincent

By Matt Dykstra | January 9, 2020

Sioux Falls fans might recognize recently-signed Miami HEAT two-way player Gabe Vincent from the Force’s most recent home game against the Stockton Kings. Vincent scored 19 points in just 24 minutes off the bench for the Kings despite the Skyforce victory. That type of production is no anomaly for the NBA G League’s fifth-leading scorer at 23.4 points per game, and it clearly hasn’t gone unnoticed.

Only three players in the league have currently made more three-pointers this season than Skyforce guard Mychal Mulder (77), and Vincent is one of them. In fact, Vincent ranks first in the G League with 88 made three-pointers to his name this year while shooting at a 41.9 percent clip from beyond the arc.

Vincent is a prime example of someone who has put himself on the map through hard work and consistent improvement. In four seasons at UC Santa Barbara, Vincent appeared in 113 games (104 starts) and averaged a respectable 12.8 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. It was a more-than-solid collegiate career, but not one that jumped off the page or blew anyone away.

Vincent went undrafted in the 2018 NBA Draft before signing a contract with the Sacramento Kings. He was then waived and allocated to the Stockton Kings as an affiliate player. In 24 games (three starts) as a rookie during the 2018-19 season, Vincent averaged 8.8 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 18.6 minutes per contest. This year has been a different story. The second-year man has averaged 23.4 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 20 appearances (three starts) this season.

Vincent is in line for the G League’s Most Improved Player Award if his pace continues, and it’s clearly something the HEAT had been keeping an eye on. Signing Vincent to a two-way ensures that he will continue to develop within the Miami HEAT system while being protected from other NBA suitors.

For Vincent, the most valuable piece of signing a two-way contract with the HEAT will be the NBA exposure and opportunity to prove himself in practice and in games at the sport’s highest level. However, the Skyforce will surely also benefit from his presence if he is to be transferred to Sioux Falls for stretches of the season.

The combination of Vincent and Mulder would give Sioux Falls two of the top four three-point shooters in the G League, an area of need for the Force in recent weeks. After a hot start to the season, Skyforce now rank 23rd in the league, shooting just 32.6 percent from long distance this year. There are plenty of guys on the roster that can knock down shots, but easy looks have been hard to come by as of late.

If Vincent spends time in Sioux Falls, whether in the starting lineup or coming off the bench as he did in Stockton, Vincent’s range and physicality when attacking the rim will create both spacing and opportunities for teammates to get open looks as well.