Five Players the Miami Heat Could Pick in This Year’s NBA Draft

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3. Stanley Johnson (SF) – Arizona

Stanley Johnson Arizona Wildcats

Johnson is a player who’s built himself up into someone who can battle for boards, while also being able to draw defenses out with his prowess from long range. He also might be the best defender in this quintet, but he struggled in the Wildcats’ final three games in the NCAA Tournament. Also, as good as he can be from beyond the three-point line, he has had his fair share of trouble finishing in the paint. One other potential fly in the ointment is that he sometimes loses focus as a defender, but depending on the vibe the Heat get from potential free agent Luol Deng, Johnson may end up being someone who could replace him.

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Brad Sullivan is a freelance writer for, having been an avid fan of NBA basketball for more than four decades. During that time, he's watched the Heat evolve from gestation period to expansion team all the way to three-time NBA champions. He'll follow their quest toward again reaching those lofty heights, and do so by offering some perspective along the way.