With the Miami Heat having pushed back giving up their first round selection to the Philadelphia 76ers by at least another year, the decision on who will be around for the No. 10 selection now takes center stage for Pat Riley and Co.
The drafting drama was one of the remnants of bringing LeBron James’ talents to South Beach for four seasons, a selection which the Cleveland Cavaliers then sent along to the Sixers. The deal was crafted in 2010, with the Heat sending a first rounder for 2015 that was protected if it was in the top 10. That same provision exists next year, but by 2017, any protection disappears.
Five names figure to still be around when it’s time for the Heat to select on June 25, so it’s time to take a look at what they can offer.
1. Devin Booker (SG) – Kentucky
It’s possible that it might be too soon to choose one of John Calipari’s latest stable of freshmen that came up short after going undefeated for most of the season. However, Booker’s shooting touch, especially from beyond the three-point circle, can be deadly. Plus, despite the fact that he won’t turn 19 until the NBA season starts, the 6’6″ shooting guard brings a mature approach to the game, which means he’s not prone to taking wild shots or turning the ball over. One thing’s for sure is that the Heat need to begin preparing for the post-Dwyane Wade era at some point, making Booker a highly viable candidate.
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