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James Ennis | Forward

Team: Miami Heat
Age / DOB:  (25) / 7/1/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'7' / 210
College: Long Beach State
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James Ennis said his knee was a major reason why he was a disappointment during the summer league, and he is hoping to impress the coaching staff now that he is "a lot better."
"I was down on myself because I expected more from me," Ennis said. "I’m really hard on myself. But I looked at it and said, ‘You’re injured.’ I was playing at 65 percent. I did a lot of treatment. My knee is a lot better. You’ll see it in the preseason." Ennis isn't a lock to make the final roster by any means, but head coach Erik Spoelstra admitted that he looked much better physically. Even if Ennis makes the team, he will likely be buried on the bench. Oct 2 - 9:53 AM

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If the Heat are unable to trade away Mario Chalmers or Chris Andersen this offseason, James Ennis may be in danger of not making Miami's opening-night roster.

Ennis did not look very good at all during Summer League, shooting just 30.4 percent from the field to go with other unimpressive averages of 8.7 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. His contract worth $845,059 becomes fully guaranteed on October 28, so if he doesn't get things on track during training camp, Miami could very well decide to waive him.
Sep 6 - 10:10 PM

James Ennis' contract will become fully guaranteed on opening night of the 2015-16 season and not 50 percent guaranteed on Aug. 1.

There was a very good chance the Heat would have released Ennis this upcoming weekend, so instead he'll be at training camp and get a chance to fight for his guaranteed deal. He's going to need to play better than he did at Summer League.
Jul 27 - 8:49 PM

James Ennis' agent said that he recently spoke with head coach Erik Spoelstra and GM Andy Elisburg and he did not receive any sense of an imminent parting.

Ennis was dreadful during Summer League, shooting 26.3 percent from the field and going 0-of-14 from beyond the arc, but it's likely knee tendinitis had a lot to do with his less-than-stellar performance. The Heat have agreed to send Ennis to train at P3 Peak Performance Project training facility in Santa Barbara this offseason, which would imply that they are willing to move forward and guarantee his salary by the August 1 deadline. As long as Miami's roster is healthy, Ennis will have zero fantasy value.
Jul 22 - 11:05 AM

James Ennis struggled mightily during the summer league, but Heat assistant coach Dan Craig said that Ennis was battling knee tendinitis.

"This is something that he's really been struggling with," Craig said. "He started off great. And then, obviously, toward the end of the week, he didn't have the performances he wanted to. But his rhythm was really broken up from the injury, not feeling great. And that's not an excuse. That is what it is, just talking to the trainers." Ennis shot just 26.3 percent from the field in Vegas, so this injury does explain a lot. He has repeatedly expressed concern about his roster spot on the Heat, so this situation is worth watching as we approach training camp.
Jul 18 - 11:50 AM

James Ennis is worried about his roster spot on the Miami Heat.

In addition to his struggles at Summer League, Ennis said his non-guaranteed contract and the Heat's re-loaded roster has put stress on him. Ennis evaluated his recent play as "terrible" and said he doesn't feel like he's progressed at all since last season. While Ennis will likely find his way onto Miami's final roster, the presence of rookie Justise Winslow could end up pushing him out of the Heat's rotation and crush his already minimal fantasy impact.
Jul 16 - 10:28 AM

James Ennis said he's worried about his contract not being guaranteed.

The Heat had a solid offseason and picking up Justise Winslow could wind up as the difference maker. Ennis also didn't play well on Wednesday, missing all seven shots from the field in 25 minutes.
Jul 15 - 8:47 PM

James Ennis played well vs. the Pacers on Saturday, scoring 13 points with seven boards, five assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in just 22 minutes of action.

Ennis was expected to play a larger role with the Heat during the 2014-15 season, but he ended up averaging just 17.0 minutes per game in 62 appearances. Ennis did look more confident today and his ball-handling and passking skills look they have improved, so he is definitely worth keeping an eye on this summer. He will be battling Justise Winslow for minutes off the Miami bench next season, so his fantasy outlook isn't great right now.
Jul 4 - 11:12 AM

James Ennis said that his primary focus during the offseason will be "getting stronger" and working on his "ball-handling."

Ennis showed some flashes during his rookie season with the Heat, and he ended the regular-season on a high note by putting up his first-career triple-double. If Luol Deng opts out of his contract and leaves Miami during the offseason, Ennis could potentially be looking at a starting role with the Heat. However, there are far too many ifs right now to accurately project Ennis' value, and with season averages of just 5.0 points and 2.8 rebounds per game, he has a long ways to go before entering the standard league equation.
Apr 17 - 3:38 PM

James Ennis had the first double-double of his career against the 76ers on Wednesday with 17 points, 12 boards, six assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 48 minutes.

He actually played seven minutes at shooting guard, which is very rare for him. Ennis was a very exciting player over the summer, but he was a mild disappointment this season partially due to the fact that the Heat really didn't play him at SG even while they were shorthanded. Apparently having six players was enough for the team to change its mind.
Apr 15 - 11:15 PM

James Ennis started the second half against the Cavs on Thursday, playing 28 minutes for 12 points, five boards, two assists and one 3-pointer.

He started opposite Luol Deng at the forward spots, which is probably going to continue going forward. The Heat did play Ennis at shooting guard on occasion at summer league, but they've kept him almost exclusively at forward. In other words, he doesn't benefit much from the Dwyane Wade injury. Ennis is only an option in deeper leagues.
Apr 2 - 10:56 PM

James Ennis made a rare start vs. the Spurs on Tuesday, finishing Miami's home loss with seven points, one 3-pointer, four rebounds and one steal in 27 minutes.

The rookie swingman was coming off a 16-point outburst on Sunday and he's rapidly gained momentum in an expanded role this week. Luol Deng (knee) is day-to-day and his return would spoil the fun for Ennis and his opportunistic owners, so keep a close eye on the injury report before committing to Ennis on Thursday.
Mar 31 - 11:11 PM

James Ennis will start for the Heat on Tuesday, joining Goran Dragic, Dwyane Wade, Henry Walker and Chris Andersen.

It's a makeshift lineup for Erik Spoelstra and the Heat, who will bring Michael Beasley (elbow) and hopefully Hassan Whiteside (hand) off the bench tonight. Given Miami's dire situation with injuries, Ennis is worth a look for temporary value.
Mar 31 - 7:26 PM

Heat rookie James Ennis stepped up in 24 minutes off the bench on Sunday, notching 16 points, two 3-pointers, six rebounds and one assist.

He made 5-of-7 FGs and 4-of-6 FTs to help Miami pull out a victory despite finishing the game with only seven healthy players. Michael Beasley (elbow) and Luol Deng (knee) are both questionable to return on Tuesday, but Ennis would be a viable fill-in fantasy option if one or both forwards are ruled out. Stay tuned.
Mar 29 - 8:52 PM

James Ennis (hip) is expected to play vs. the Blazers on Wednesday.

When asked about the health of his team, Erik Spoelstra replied, "Everybody is ready to go." Miami's rookie hasn't played in their previous four games and isn't likely to crack the rotation with a playoff berth hanging in the balance. He's a staple of the waiver wire in all leagues.
Mar 18 - 5:56 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Goran Dragic
2Mario Chalmers
3Tyler Johnson
SG1Dwyane Wade
2Gerald Green
3Josh Richardson
SF1Luol Deng
2Justise Winslow
3James Ennis
PF1Chris Bosh
2Josh McRoberts
3Udonis Haslem
C1Hassan Whiteside
2Amare Stoudemire
3Chris Andersen