NBA Draft Prospects Who Could Be in a Miami Heat Uniform Next Season

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2. Kevon Looney, PF, University of California, Los Angeles


Kevon Looney is a freshman power forward out of UCLA.

Simply put, scouts are comparing Looney to Lamar Odom. The UCLA product is not only 6’10,” but his skills are very similar to that of Odom’s. He can handle the ball like a point guard, as he played the position in high school.

He has been labeled as a “tweener” as people are not sure if he projects better as a power forward or a small forward. Looney has great athleticism and long arms. He averaged over a block and a steal per game in college, so his tenacity and effort on defense is there.

Looney is capable of converting on mid-range shots and attacks the basket well, leading to a good number of free throw attempts.

Scouts maintain that the 19-year-old needs to gain upper body strength and needs to learn how to develop his off-hand (left).

Bosh will slide to the four position during the 2015-16 season with Whiteside occupying the five spot. The Heat are in desperate need of scoring, especially at the big positions. They were forced to rely on Udonis Haslem heavily during the stretch run of the season, and the 37-year-old Chris Andersen is merely a defensive spark plug.

Looney could easily find a role in the Heat’s rotation if Miami looks his way.

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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.