Flying Under the Radar: Chris Quinn

Miami is desperate for offense and defense and really isn't finding it anywhere. The Heat have had one bright spot though, and that has been the play of second year guard, Chris Quinn.

The Miami Heat currently have the league's worst record, and the punches keep coming. First it was announced that star shooting guard Dwyane Wade will be out for the season, and now high energy big man Udonis Haslem hasn't played in four of Miami's last five games.

Quinn hasn't been a dynamic player for Miami by any means, but the 24-year-old who attended Notre Dame has filled in for Wade and the often injured Marcus Banks, and he might develop into the Heat's long term solution as a perimeter threat.

At 6'2, 185 lbs, Quinn lacks the athleticism and size to be an effective starter in the NBA, but he has displayed range and the ability to make open three-pointers. On the season, Quinn is shooting 42% from behind the arc and he's averaging just under one trey per game.

Quinn also uses screens very well, which enables him to get free and make the mid-range jumper. His shot is amongst the purest in the league and if Quinn gets hot, he can put up points in a hurry. Earlier in the season, Quinn connected on six three-pointers and scored 22 points against the Washington Wizards.

Aside from shooting, Quinn doesn't offer much else. Although he technically plays point guard, Quinn would be more effective if he were several inches taller, and isn't a natural ball handler. However, Quinn is averaging just half a turnover per game, and he does play very smart. This is validated by his 3.5:1 assist to turnover ratio. On the season, Quinn is making 83% of his free throws, but is getting to the line less than once per game.

On defense, Quinn loses stock. Again, his size hinders his ability to play a more prominent role, and Quinn also has a difficult time keeping up with quicker opponents. Quinn does average a steal every other game, which is solid for the amount of playing time he receives, but his man-to-man defense is certainly a liability.

Orlando travels to Miami on Friday to face the Heat, who are certainly several players short. Miami will rely on Quinn to help elevate their offensive play against the Southeast Division leading Magic. Last time the two teams played, Quinn scored 14 points and made both of his three-point shots. Orlando's defense has picked up as of late, but the team still struggles on rotations, which could benefit Quinn, who could get open looks on the perimeter. On defense, Orlando must take advantage of Quinn's size and lack of speed. If he is forced to guard either Jameer Nelson or Maurice Evans, he could be taken advantage of. Nelson is quick off the dribble and Evans can post Quinn up. While the season hasn't turned out the way Miami hoped it would, Quinn has been a pleasant surprise for the Heat and could have a nice career by making open three's.