MIAMI — Miami Heat rookie Shabazz Napier has been shut down for the rest of the season after undergoing successful surgery to repair a sports hernia, the team announced Wednesday.
The point guard, who had missed 10 of the past 11 games, was in and out of the lineup since the team traded for Goran Dragic. The loss of Napier further depletes the Heat’s bench as they make a final push for the playoffs.
Napier appeared in 51 games (10 starts) in his first NBA season, averaging 5.1 points, 2.5 assists, 2.2 rebounds in 19.8 minutes. After scoring in double figures for six straight games in November — the longest such streak by a Heat rookie since Michael Beasley in 2008 — he only reached double figures in five other games the rest of the way in a reduced role.
Miami also assigned him briefly to its NBA Development League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce, for two brief stints in December.