Jaime Jaquez Jr. named Eastern Conference Rookie of Month

Jaime Jaquez Jr.
Jaime Jaquez Jr. was selected No. 18 overall by the Heat in the 2023 NBA Draft. (Credit: Matt Blewett-USA TODAY Sports)

Despite falling out of the lottery in a loaded draft class, Jaime Jaquez Jr. continues to stamp himself as one of the NBA’s top rookies.

Miami’s No. 18 pick in the 2023 draft was named as the Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for October/November, the NBA announced Monday. Oklahoma City’s Chet Holmgren earned the award for the Western Conference.

It marked the 10th time in franchise history the rookie has won this award, though only four Heat rookies–Caron Butler (four times), Kendrick Nunn (thrice), Josh Richardson and Michael Beasley–earned the award.

Jaquez has played an integral part in the Heat’s 11-9 start, especially without guard Tyler Herro, who’s missed the last three weeks due to a Grade 2 ankle sprain.

For the season, Jaquez, 22, is averaging 12.0 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.1 steals on 52.5 percent shooting, including 39.3 percent from 3-point range and 79.3 percent from the free-throw line. Though over his last 12 games, he’s posted 15.6 points, 4.5 boards, three assists and 1.1 steals on 53.2/46.3/80.0 shooting splits–equating to a 60.1 effective field goal percentage and a 62.3 true-shooting percentage.

The star rookie has three 20-point games over that stretch, including a 24-point outing on 8-of-13 shooting (7-of-7 FT) Thursday in Miami’s 142-132 comeback win over Pacers. He has scored in double figures in 11 of his last 12 with 15-plus points in seven of those contests.

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JJJ is the recap of the previous game lol
Anyways, previous game was the 20th sad it was a loss and Heat is now 11-9. 7th in East. Last season it was the opposite at 9-11. so are we going to be average the rest of the way like last season? 2 games above .500 is not that good but i guess not bad. like a lot here mentioned Heat have not beaten teams above us in the standings (except Indy). well not yet. and we will have several chances for a stretch this december but hope we pile up Ws before another test vs Wolves, then Magic and Philly. For the first 20 games, i give the Heat a C.


I agree.

When you look at the overall level of the competition (mediocre) balanced against the home (8) vs road (12) games, plus injuries to Herro and others, I think C is a very fair grade.

The schedule will get much more difficult, especially in January and February. Hopefully, we will get all our key players healthy and be able to see what the potential of the team truly is. I hope to see Hampton at some point and a return to form by Cain. I also hope to see the further development of Orlando and Jaime.

We probably will not see the playoff version of the Heat until after the trade deadline on February 8. I expect Miami to make at least one (possible multiple player) trade and to pick up at least player who has been bought out or waived. Time will tell.


Last edited 2 months ago by SunManFromDogBone

I give us a b- , sure we haven’t beaten any real good teams, but context matters… we’ve been one of, if not the most injury stricken teams in the NBA. Also we lead the league in starting lineup changes. So I like our spot for now…

heat for life

if u cant defend in the nba u cant play.thats hfls motto and ill stand by that till the day i die which might come sooner than later with the way we play d


Dame would not have fit.

heat for life

theres exceptions to the rule luka dame dunc


Uh. Exceptions? What happened to: “if u cant defend in the nba u cant play.thats hfls motto and ill stand by that till the day i die”? Asking for a friend. 


lmao 😂

heat for life

if your level is so high i make an exception or 2


So, in other words, you won’t stand by your motto until the day you die? Good to know for future reference.

Reality czech

Consistently inconsistent 😆


Keep it coming bro.
Viva la Juan Wick!


Indiana knocked first place Boston out of the play-in tournament 122-112. Bitchin! Haliburton had a triple double!

Last edited 2 months ago by SunManFroimDogBone
heat for life

they have a track team sort of like the miami dolphins.only way to beat them is to have only athletic players on ct.turtle love and dunc need not show up vs indiana and as far as im concerned for any other game.my opinion


Celts will flop in elimination no matter the level of talent they have.


Awesome! 12 ppg this year. 15 ppg next year. 18 ppg the next year. 21 ppg the next and so on…

Now if we can get Jovic and Hampton on the same track…voila!

heat for life

points ar not the most important offensive stat that shooting %over 50 is sweet.i dont need a guy taking lots shots shooting 43% scoring 20 a game .ill take 18 with 50% shooting any day

Reality czech

A guy who puts up a lot of shots with career fg% under 44% and who plays very little defense?
That would be the guy you wanted to trade everyone on the team for —- Damian Lillard.
Im sure you’ll try to move the goalposts on this fact to fit your narrative.

heat for life

dont want ty here if he can fetch me something good like a rozier .jjj better overall player not even close .j rich over all game fits a team better than a one on one player with sht d .tys overall game doesnt work for me. my opinion rc .

Reality czech

Yes, that’s exactly what it is. Other people have other opinions. Doesn’t mean one person is right and another wrong.
I’m not against trading most players, including Herro if we get a fair return. His numbers were very good early on. Last season he was #1 in ft%, and one of the most prolific players in the league in clutch points 4th quarter. Like many, I want and look forward to see how he fits upon his return.

heat for life

best ft shooter in nba last year.let him do it for another team need pg or pf like sunmans been preaching


I have been very impressed by Duncan’s evolution this past year. It is obvious he is making a serious effort to be more than a one dimensional player. His passing, driving, cutting, and even his defensive effort has shown considerable improvement.

Herro is much more athletic than Duncan. If he makes the same serious effort to improve his overall game, especially his defense, he can develop into an all-star candidate. If not, I have no problem using him for his primary skill, offense, coming off the bench, only if he can continue scoring 20-25 ppg.

Meanwhile, I have no problem trading Herro for a legitimate two-way PG who scores a little less. Unfortunately, there aren’t many of those available these days. Note: Lowry is the 10th highest rated defender among NBA PGs this season.

If there some way to leverage Herro, Lowry and/or other assets into a good two-way PG AND a PF, I would be all in on that.

heat for life

rozier and ball thats 2 pgs.ball and herro only one and we get a borderline all star type pg.with major quickness.when was the last time we had a tim hardaway type pg that can break down a defense get us some layups.


I think Miami will pull the trigger on a trade or two between December 16 (first day players signed during offseason can be traded) and Feb 8 (trade deadline). The names of everyone except Bam, Jimmy or Jaime should be on the table.


Tyler is good but he should not be the leading shot taker on this team, he isn’t efficient enough to be taking the most shots.

His problem is that he doesn’t get to the FT line enough.

We play better when he takes less shots and looks to pass and defend more.

He can’t return looking to take 20 plus shots again, it has to be like around 14-15 a game, if not he’s going to hurt the team and he’s going to interfere with JJJ’s rapid development.

heat for life

jim and bam need to take the most shots followed by jjj.i want ty taking 10-12 shots focusing on defending passing a little more doing winning things not just chucking and scoring


Nah bro 10-12 shots is not enough.

He’s one of our top 3 scorers and as good as Jaime is now Tyler is still a the more polished scorer and commands way more attention than Jaime as a scorer.

I think Tyler’s goal this season should be a stat line like 20/6/5/1.5 on 15 shot atts per game.

We would kick some serious azz this season if his stat line reads something like this.


Jaime the veteran rookie!

Reality czech

Congrats and well deserved!

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