10 Realistic First-Round Options for Miami Heat in 2017 NBA Draft

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2. T.J. Leaf

T.J. Leaf Miami Heat

Having played this past season for UCLA, Leaf is a player many believe the Heat will select if he is available at No. 14. He’s 6-foot-10 and averaged 16.3 points and 8.2 rebounds, while shooting 61.7 percent from the field in his freshman season. Leaf is also a big man who can play both away from the basket and with his back to the basket. He would provide a much-needed inside-out threat that Miami lost with the sudden loss of Bosh. Leaf shot 46.6 percent last season on 3-pointers and had 39 blocks. Expect the Heat to draft Leaf if he’s available.

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Ian is a multifaceted writer with a special interest in Miami basketball. Having caught the basketball bug as a young boy at a Heat game in 1997, he’s kept his finger on the pulse of the NBA ever since. Having been a season ticket holder ever since, he goes to all the home games and relishes in every opportunity to meet any players, participate in any events, or even just to cheer his team on and learn more about the game.