NBA Draft: Five Players Experts Say the Miami Heat Will Choose Tomorrow
Chances are one of the five guys below will soon play home games at American Airlines Arena.
Let's be honest: Few fans know much about the NBA Draft. Even if you watch college basketball religiously, chances are you don't have time to keep up with the goings-on of an 18-year-old player in Iowa. Plus, the draft will take place oddly close to the end of the NBA Finals, and fans have only so much time to spend on You Tube.
Good news! New Times has done all the research for you in advance of this year's draft. Here are the five guys who appear most often in Miami Heat mock drafts. When the Heat picks tenth tomorrow night, these are the guys most likely to be donning a black-and-red hat.
Texas center Myles Turner
Turner is not your average 6' 11" center. The Longhorn standout shot 27 percent from the three-point line last season at Texas, which might not seem great, but shows what sort of unique range he brings to the table that that height. NBA.com's Scott Howard-Cooper predicts the Heat will take Turner, calling him an " impact shot blocker", which is always in demand in the NBA. It remains to be seen if the Heat are that into adding more big bodies to an already crowded stable that includes Hassan Whiteside, Chris Bosh, Josh McRoberts, and Udonis Haslem. Notice I didn't mention Chris Anderson — that's because ESPN reported Monday the team is attempting to trade him in order to clear cap space to retain Dwyane Wade.
Kentucky guard Devin Booker
If you could pinpoint one thing the Heat lacked all last season, it would be good health. If you moved past that obvious point and looked deeper into shortages that caused them to fall flat, a lack of three-point shooting would have to be next on that list. That;'s why CBS Sports' Gary Parrish predicts the Heat take Booker, a 6-6 guard that nailed threes at a 41 percent clip last season. That sort of shooting would be super helpful for this lineup. Amazingly, Booker is just 18 years old, so he's not the prototypical college-seasoned Pat Riley selection.
Arizona forward Stanley Johnson
At 6-7 and 254 pounds Johnson projects to be a fit at both forward spots. The consensus among most draft reviews — including ESPN's Chad Ford, who predicts the Heat take Johnson — is that he's a boom-or-bust project. Either he ends up an NBA All-Star or a an expensive role player with little impact. Anytime you have a 19-years-old with a 7-foot wingspan, teams are going to look past a lot of risk, because the potential reward is so obvious.
Kansas shooting forward Kelly Oubre Jr.
Oubre might be the most exciting player left for the Heat when they select 10th tomorrow night. Oubre's incredible length is what sets him apart from the rest of the players thought to most likely be available when the Heat pick. Oubre stands 6-foot-6, but his wingspan is that of almost 7 feet three inches. Freakish! That wingspan makes Ourbe one hell of a defender, and adds length at both sides of the floor that most teams just do not possess, which is why CBS Sports Zack Harper sees him going to the Heat in the 10th slot. Oubre was a respectable 3-point shooter at Kansas, and most believe that will eventually translate to NBA 3-point territory. Want to feel old? Oubre was born just a few days shy of 1996. What the hell.
Wisconsin's Frank Kaminsky
Skilled skilled 7-footers don't just grow on trees, but that's exactly what Kaminsky is. Jonathan Wasserman of Bleacher Report pulls a quote from an NBA scout that basically sums up why Kaminsky to the Heat might make a lot of sense: "He's a matchup problem for anyone because of the way he handles it, and how he shoots it," the scout said. "He is one of the most versatile bigs in recent memory because of his skill set." Frank "The Tank" Kaminsky might bring his talents to South Beach.
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