How These Five Young Players Fit Into The Miami Heat’s Future

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5. Michael Beasley

Michael Beasley shooting against the Atlanta Hawks

Obviously the biggest name of this group is none other than Beasley. The former No. 2 overall pick began his third stint with the franchise in late February when he was signed to a 10-day contract due to the roster’s lack of depth.

The 26-year-old forward finished the year with per game averages of 8.8 points, 3.7 boards and 1.3 assists on 43.4 percent shooting. He averaged 21 minutes a contest.

Beasley’s biggest game of the year was easily his lone start of the season—the 105-101 victory over Philly. He scored 34 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and dished eight assists on 12-of-27 from the field. He went to the free-throw line 11 times and converted on 10 of them.

There is little doubt that the veteran forward has a future with the Heat. If he can continue to provide a scoring punch off the bench, he could very well be the team’s sixth man for 2015-16.

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D.J. Siddiqi grew up in the heart of South Florida in Broward County. Growing up in South Florida during the late 90's and 2000's, D.J. witnessed the Pat Riley years where the Miami Heat faced off with the New York Knicks all the way to the painful late 2000's seasons where the Heat were a one-man team with Dwyane Wade. D.J. has closely followed the Heat over the past decade-and-a-half, and unfortunately witnessed Game 2 of the 2011 NBA Finals in person when the Dallas Mavericks overcame a 15-point deficit to knock off the Heat. D.J. has writing experience as a columnist with sites such as Bleacher Report and Rant Sports, and he is proud to bring his knowledge of the Heat and the NBA to Heat Nation.