News: Heat guard Norris Cole earned his second straight start during Tuesday's contest against the Knicks. Cole, who was starting in place of the injured Mario Chalmers, finished with 14 points in the 102-90 defeat on 6 of 12 shooting from the field. He went 1 of 2 from downtown and also added three assists, two steals and two rebounds to his stat line, while logging 42 minutes of game action.
Analysis: Cole also turned the ball over seven times against the Knicks, which takes some of the luster off of his productive stat line. While Cole has shot the ball better during his second year in the league, his numbers have gone down from his rookie campaign. He entered his latest tilt averaging 5.0 points and 1.4 assists on the year, which isn't going to help out many Fantasy owners. At this point in the season, Cole should not be owned or active in most formats.
News: Heat guard Norris Cole had a hard time finding his shot in Tuesday's contest against the Hawks. Cole went 1 of 5 shooting from the field, including 0 of 1 from downtown, and 0 of 3 from the free throw line. He finished with two points, four rebounds and four assists while logging 22 minutes of game action in a 98-81 victory.
Analysis: Cole has been held to single-digit scoring in each of the last nine games as he struggles to make much of an impact off the bench for Miami. He is shooting 33.3 percent from the field and .13 percent from downtown over that span. Cole has averaged roughly 20 minutes off the bench in March but has marginal Fantasy value. He should be ignored in all formats for the remainder of the regular season.
News: Miami point guard Norris Cole came off the bench to play 22 minutes on Monday night during a win at Minnesota. Cole took six shots and hit just one of them to score four points in the game. He grabbed two rebounds and added two assists for the Heat while contributing a steal and a block.
Analysis: The 24-year-old Cole is still averaging fewer than 20 minutes per game and he very rarely puts together a Fantasy-viable stat line. As long as Mario Chalmers is healthy, Cole will probably have low-end Fantasy value.
News: Heat guard Norris Cole enjoyed a solid performance off the bench Saturday night against the 76ers. He went 5 of 10 shooting from the field and 2 of 2 from the free throw line as he finished with 12 points and three rebounds in a 114-90 victory. He also chipped in with an assist and two steals while logging 21 minutes of game action.
Analysis: Cole scored in double figures for the first time since Feb. 6 against Houston and just for the fourth time this season. The 24-year-old is starting to somewhat pick his game up offensively. He is averaging 8.2 points on 53.8 shooting from the field in the previous four games played. That said, the Heat rely on him more off the bench for his defensive prowess, so Fantasy owners should continue to ignore him in the majority of formats moving forward.
News: Heat guard Norris Cole continued his decent play Thursday against the Thunder, as he scored nine points on 4 of 7 shooting. Cole scored his nine points in just 17 minutes of action, hitting a three-pointer and adding two rebounds and two assists. The Heat would win the game, 110-100.
Analysis: Cole is showing some signs of life offensively, shooting 50.0 percent over the teams last five games, compared to his 40.0 percent mark for the season. Still, he is more useful for the Heat for the defense he brings to the floor, so Fantasy owners should continue to ignore him in most Fantasy formats.
News: Heat guard Norris Cole was not much of a factor during Monday's contest against the Bobcats. Despite logging 29 minutes off the bench, Cole finished with just four points in the 99-94 win. He made two of his six field-goal attempts and also added five assists and two rebounds to his stat line.
Analysis: Cole continues to serve as Mario Chalmers' primary backup at the point guard position, which normally allows him to see around 18-20 minutes most nights. However, the second-year guard has not been doing much with his limited minutes as he entered Monday's tilt averaging just 4.7 points and 1.7 dimes. Unless Cole starts to see a major spike in minutes and production, he should not be owned in most formats at this point in the season.
News: Heat guard Norris Cole played fewer than 20 minutes for the fifth time in six games Thursday, as he has seen his role shrink recently. Cole played 16 minutes against the Lakers, scoring six points on 3 of 6 shooting. He missed both of his three-point attempts, and added just one steal to his stat line.
Analysis: Cole is averaging just 15.6 minutes per game in the month of January, after topping 19 on average in each of the first two months of the season. He is still scoring at about the same rate (4.9 points per game), but his role remains too expect much upside. At this point, Cole remains just a low-end Fantasy reserve in deeper formats.
News: Heat guard Norris Cole made a multiple three-pointers for the first time all season Thursday, in a 92-90 loss to the Trail Blazers. Cole connected on both of his attempts from long range, to finish with six points in 13 minutes. He added one rebounds.
Analysis: Cole made at least one three-pointer in back-to-back games for the first time all season, as he is trying to find other ways to contribute. He has made 4 of his last 7 over the last eight games. Cole is averaging just 4.5 points and 1.9 assists per game on the season, and can be considered unworthy of owning in any Fantasy formats given his current level of production.
News: Heat guard Norris Cole's shooting struggles continued during Wednesday's overtime win over the Mavericks. Cole made just two of his seven field-goal attempts in the 119-109 defeat to finish with four points. He did not register an assist or rebound to his stat line while logging 17 minutes of game action.
Analysis: Cole continues to see around 15-20 minutes most nights, but has only scored in double figures once all year. While his defensive prowess continues to earn him minutes, his season averages of 4.5 points and 2.1 assists aren't going to help most owners. Fantasy owners should continue to ignore the 24-year-old in the majority of formats at this point in the season.
News: Miami point guard Norris Cole didn't miss a shot on Monday in a win over Atlanta. Cole came off the bench for 23 minutes and went 4 for 4 from the field with two 3-pointers to score 10 points. Cole added two rebounds and four assists.
Analysis: Cole hit two 3-pointers on Monday and would gain Fantasy value if he could just do that consistently. Unfortunately, Cole has averaged less than 1/2 a 3-pointer per game this year. Unless something changes, Cole will continue to have low-end Fantasy value.
News: Despite being forced to miss the teams previous game with hamstring and groin injuries, Heat guard Norris Cole was active and in uniform for Thursdays game against the Knicks. He played 15 minutes off the bench, but was held scoreless on 0 for 3 shooting in a 112-92 loss. He also added one steal, one rebound, one assists, and one block in the game.
Analysis: Cole has shown flashes of productivity in his year-plus in the league, but his overall production leaves a lot to be desired. He is averaging just 4.7 points per game in his second season in the league. At this point, Fantasy owners should leave him on waivers in all but the deepest of formats.
News: The Heat appear healthier than expected heading into Thursdays matchup with the Knicks, as Mario Chalmers (finger), Shane Battier (knee), Norris Cole (groin) and Udonis Haslem (hip) are all active. Each player was a game-time decision, and their roles have yet to be determined.
Analysis: Cole missed the teams previous game, but that was considered more of a precautionary measure. He scored a season-high 12 points in the teams previous game, but has seen his production dip on the season as a whole. He remains just a low-end Fantasy option in deep formats at this time.
News: Miami guard Norris Cole will missed Tuesday's game in Washington due to a slightly strained hamstring and groin. He is day to day.
Analysis: Cole scored 12 points his last time out over 30 minutes against Brooklyn Saturday. That said, he's seeing less than 20 minutes per game this year and putting up limited statistics. Cole has low-end Fantasy value, when healthy.
News: Heat guard Norris Cole played 20 minutes off the bench Thursday against the Spurs, scoring eight points on nine field-goal attempts. Cole connected on four of his shot attempts from the field, though he missed both from three-point range. He added just a pair of assists and rebounds, in a 105-100 win.
Analysis: Cole is averaging just 4.5 points and 2.4 assists per game, while shooting 33.3 percent from the field. He showed flashes of promise as a rookie a year ago, but he seems to have settled in as just a reserve point guard. Fantasy owners should ignore him in all formats moving forward.
News: Heat guard Norris Cole did not see a ton of playing time in Tuesday's season opener against the Celtics. He played six minutes off the bench, scoring three points in the 120-107 win. He went 1 for 2 from downtown. Cole also recorded an assist in the victory.
Analysis: Cole averaged 6.8 points with two assists during his rookie campaign and possesses minimal value in Fantasy in his current role. Continue to ignore him in all but the deepest of formats at this point.
News: Heat rookie guard Norris Cole continues to struggle mightily, as he scored just six points with one assist on Friday against the Raptors, while playing 17 minutes off the bench in a 113-101 victory.
Analysis: Cole has now failed to reach double-figures in scoring in 14 out of 16 games in the month of March, as he has struggled mightily with his shot. Cole is averaging just 2.9 points and 1.5 assists while shooting a horrific 27.1 percent from the field in the month of March. He has lost most of his minutes and responsibilities in the Heats offense, and as such should no longer be on the radars in most Fantasy formats.
News: Heat guard Norris Cole finished with four points during Tuesday night's contest against the Suns. Cole, who was shutout in his last contests, made two of his four field-goal attempts in the 99-95 win. He also chipped in with four assists, two rebounds and one block, while logging 12 minutes off the bench.
Analysis: After getting off to a strong start, Cole has hit a rookie wall over the last few weeks. He has only scored in double figures once over his last 11 games and is shooting 30 percent from the field over that stretch. He continues to see around 15 minutes per game and should not be active in the majority of formats at this point in the season.
News: Miami point guard Norris Cole was afforded 22 minutes on Tuesday night as the Heat rested its regulars in a blowout win over the Nets. Cole took advantage of his minutes as he went 5 of 7 from the field and 2 of 3 from 3-point range for 13 points to lead his team in bench scoring. Cole dished out four dimes and added a rebound and a steal for the Heat in the win.
Analysis: Cole hadn't seen over 20 minutes since notching 23 right before the All-Star break. The Heat are happy with their current rotation. Until Cole sees more consistent minutes, his Fantasy value will be extremely low-end.
News: Heat rookie guard Norris Cole was able to get his scoring back into double figures during Tuesday night's contest against the Kings. Cole finished with 12 points in the 120-108 win, on 5 of 7 shooting from the field. He went 2 for 2 from the free-throw line and also chipped in with four assists and two rebounds, while logging 20 minutes off the bench.
Analysis: Cole continues to serve as the Heat's primary point guard and has been playing well over the last few weeks. The 23-year-old has been shooting 50 percent from the field over his last five games and is averaging 11.2 points and 3.2 assists over that stretch. While Cole has shown flashes of being a solid Fantasy contributor this season, his inconsistent production makes him of a low-end reserve option at this point in the season.
News: Heat G Norris Cole matched his season high with 20 points during Tuesday night's blowout win over the Pacers. Cole, who also logged a season-high 30 minutes in the 105-90 win, made eight of his 12 field-goal attempts, including going 1 for 2 from downtown. He also connected on all three of his free-throw tries and added three assists and one rebound to his stat line.
Analysis: With the Heat either blowing teams out or getting blown out over their past five games, Cole has been seeing some extended run of late. He has logged over 30 minutes twice over the last five days and is averaging 25.8 minutes per game over that stretch. However, we would expect things to balance out a bit moving forward, which means the rookie will go back to seeing his normal 20-plus minutes per contest. While Cole has showed some of his potential this season, his inconsistent production makes him more of a low-end reserve option at this point in the season.
News: With Mario Chalmers sidelined with a hand injury, Miami guard Norris Cole got the first start of his NBA career. He finished with nine points and four assists in his 31 minutes of action for the Heat. Cole shot 50 percent from the field and went 1 for 3 from downtown. He also grabbed two rebounds in Miami's 102-89 loss to Orlando.
Analysis: Cole had been struggling with his shot prior to Wednesday night's outing. Until the extent of Chalmers injury is revealed, Cole still doesn't have much Fantasy value. He's averaging 5.8 points and 1.2 assists per game over his last five contests. Fantasy owners should consider the 23-year-old more of a low-end option in deeper formats at this point in the season.
News: Heat G Norris Cole struggled with his shot during Tuesday night's contest against the Cavaliers. Cole, who is shooting 42 percent from the field on the season, made just one of his seven shots in the 107-91 victory. He also added two rebounds to his stat line, while logging 14 minutes off the bench.
Analysis: Cole really struggled against the Cavaliers and the rookie has been struggling to score the basketball of late. He has failed to score in double figures in three of his last five contests and is averaging just 6.4 points over that stretch. While he continues to see around 20 minutes per game, owners should consider the 23-year-old more of a low-end option in deeper formats at this point in the season.
News: Miami PG Norris Cole's eye is no longer a problem for the rookie guard, reports the South Florida Sun Sentinel Sunday. Cole played in Sunday's game against Chicago. Cole wasn't even sporting the "Cole-Aid" bandage he wore at Saturday's practice. He played 17 minutes and went 2 of 7 from the field to score five points. Cole added three assists and two rebounds for the Heat.
Analysis: The 23-year-old Cole did not miss any time with the eye injury. That said, he's averaging just 7.5 points and 1.5 assists per game over his last four contests. As long as Mario Chalmers is getting decent playing time, Cole's value will be extremely low-end. Cole is not a recommended Fantasy option heading into the next scoring period.
News: Heat G Norris Cole received four stitches above his left eye after getting elbowed in the face by Jared Jeffries in Friday night's contest against the Knicks. Cole sustained the injury in the second half of the 99-89 victory, but was able to remain in the contest. He finished with eight points, four rebounds, two steals and one assist in the win.
Analysis: Cole should be fine moving forward, but we will throw him on the injury report just in case. The rookie has cooled off a bit since his red-hot start as he is averaging just 7.4 points over his last five contests. However, he continues to see 20-plus minutes per game for the Heat, which is a trend that should continue as the season progresses. Despite his recent struggles, Cole's upside continues to make him an intriguing Fantasy reserve in most formats.
News: Heat rookie G Norris Cole had another bad game on Sunday, scoring just three points on 1 of 5 shooting as the Heat lost 91-82 to the Bucks. He had just a single rebound and steal and was unable to register even a single assist for the second time in five games. He also played just 13 minutes in the game, his second-lowest total of the season as the Heat continue to rely more heavily on Mario Chalmers.
Analysis: Cole started off the season by scoring in double figures in four of his first seven games; however since then he has reached that plateau just once while all of his other relevant stats have fallen off in a big way. He has seen his season scoring average fall to below nine points per game and is shooting just 39.1 percent from the field since the beginning of January. In just a few short weeks, Cole has gone from an intriguing rookie guard option to an afterthought in most Fantasy leagues. He still has plenty of potential, but definitely keep him benched while he sorts out the growing pains.
News: Miami PG Norris Cole has really cooled off after an interesting start to his rookie year. Cole saw minimal time on Wednesday night in a game in Los Angeles. Cole scored just one point in the overtime contest over 13 minutes on the court. He went 0 for 5 in the game and added three rebounds and two assists with two turnovers.
Analysis: Cole is still averaging over 10 points per game after a hot start, but he hasn't scored in double figures in his last four contests. His assist numbers have been minimal lately as has his time on the floor. Cole still could earn the trust of Pat Riley and coach Erik Spoelstra, but right now Mario Chalmers is the main PG. Cole has low-end Fantasy value.
News: Miami PG Norris Cole has been solid but unspectacular since blowing up for 20 points on Dec. 27 against Boston. Cole's minutes are dwindling again and he's not been able to produce consistently for the Heat yet at this point in his young career. Cole scored 10 points on Monday against Atlanta in Miami's first loss. He added just one assist in that game over 18 minutes and shot 4 of 7 from the field with one 3-pointer.
Analysis: Cole followed up his 20-point performance by scoring five points on 2 of 8 shooting at Charlotte. He's scored in double figures in four of the last five games, and is averaging 11.7 points per game on the year, but he's shooting just 22 percent from 3-point range and he's only getting 3.2 assists per game. He's not consistent and is currently being outplayed by Mario Chalmers. Chalmers has also been the better Fantasy option after six games. Cole is just a low-end option with upside if he can find some consistency.
News: Heat G Norris Cole had the best game of his young career on Tuesday night against the Celtics. He played 29 minutes off the bench, scoring 20 points in the 115-107 win. The rookie scored 14 of his points in the fourth quarter, including some big buckets at the end to seal the victory. He went 8 for 16 from the field, including 0 for 3 from downtown, and made 4 of 6 free throws. Cole also chipped in with four rebounds, four assists and three steals.
Analysis: After scoring seven points in his NBA debut, Cole put on a show on Tuesday and played 10 more minutes than starter Mario Chalmers. He is a solid ball-handler that plays defense well so he will have every chance to succeed in Miami. Keep an eye on his progress going forward as he could end up starting over the turnover-prone Chalmers by mid-season. While he likely won't score a ton of points on a nightly basis, Cole might be worth scooping up off waivers as a possible sleeper.
News: Miami PG Norris Cole came off the bench for 23 minutes and out-played starter Mario Chalmers during Wednesday's preseason finale against the Magic. Cole shot 4 of 9 from the field, including hitting a 3-pointer, and scored 11 points. Chalmers had three points over 25 minutes. Cole added an assist and turned the ball over once.
Analysis: Cole is a rookie out of Cleveland State and the Heat have liked him since he joined the team. Cole could see major run this season if the Heat don't figure out a better option at point guard. The starter at this point will either be Cole or Chalmers and Cole might be the better option at this point. Cole could be a big Fantasy sleeper heading into the season. Fantasy owners might not consider drafting him just yet, but should monitor his progress once the season starts.
News: Miami rookie PG Norris Cole could get a chance to earn major minutes this season for the Heat, reports the Palm Beach Post Monday. Although Pat Riley doesn't like playing rookies, Cole could join the likes of Caron Butler, Dwyane Wade and Mario Chalmers as guys who got plenty of run as rookies for the Miami franchise.
Analysis: Cole could see major run this season if the Heat don't figure out a better option at point guard. The starter at this point will either be Cole or Chalmers and Cole might be the better option at this point. Cole could be a big Fantasy sleeper heading into the season. Fantasy owners might not consider drafting him just yet, but should monitor his progress in the preseason.
News: The Sports Xchange reports that lacking a single point guard under contract for next season, the Heat, as expected, moved in that direction in the NBA Draft, going through a complex series of maneuvers to land Cleveland State's Norris Cole. After downplaying the possibility of trading into the first round, the Heat did just that, acquiring the No. 28 selection from the Timberwolves in exchange for the No. 31 pick, a future Heat second-round pick and cash. Cole was taken with that No. 28 pick. The irony is that the No. 28 pick originated with the Heat, then was traded to the Raptors to complete last summer's sign-and-trade agreement for Chris Bosh. The pick then was dealt by the Raptors to the Bulls at midseason. Thursday, the Bulls then formally the selection of Cole, dealt Cole to the Timberwolves, who then moved Cole to the Heat for the aforementioned package. In Cole, the Heat get a 6-foot-2 senior who averaged 21.7 points last season on .439 shooting.
Analysis: The Heat have no point guards under contract, although a qualifying offer is in place to Mario Chalmers, who becomes a restricted free agent July 1. That offer allows the Heat to match outside bids. Mike Bibby, who started most of the postseason for the Heat at point guard, is not expected to return. Cole has the chance to make the final roster for the Heat, but he isn't expected to garner much playing time. Chalmers should return, and Miami will likely add another point guard via free agency. Cole should only be drafted with a late-round pick in dynasty/keeper leagues and rookie-only formats.