- Jimmy Butler predicts why Miami Heat will succeed in playoffs: ‘We get there, us as a team, I’ll handle the rest’
- Erik Spoelstra says Bam Adebayo was ‘really angry’ Miami Heat kept him out of game vs. Houston Rockets
- Report: Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo available to play Wednesday vs. Spurs
- Stephen A. Smith and Spike Lee issue strong criticism regarding Dwyane Wade’s ownership stake in Utah Jazz
- Duncan Robinson’s humble reaction after passing Dwyane Wade in Miami Heat record books
- Report: Rockets player gets jumped at strip club, takes bottle to face in Miami day before taking on Heat
- Report: Miami Heat to be without Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo and Tyler Herro vs. Houston Rockets
- Report: Miami Heat have been ‘concerned now for months’ about Tyler Herro’s celebrity status
- Report: Miami Heat to be without Bam Adebayo and Tyler Herro vs. Houston Rockets
- Dwyane Wade says Zaire has activated ‘Wade hops’ after he jumps over grown man for impressive dunk
Five Players the Miami Heat Could Pick in This Year’s NBA Draft
- Updated: May 21, 2015
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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