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

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3. Stanley Johnson, SF, University of Arizona

Stanley Johnson Arizona Wildcats

The best player comparison to make when it pertains to Stanley Johnson is the artist formerly known as Ron Artest.

Artest (or Metta World Peace) won a Defensive Player of the Year award during the 2003-04 season and carved out a long NBA career as a defensive stopper and three-point specialist.

Johnson fits that mold and has the size and upper body of Artest—he’s 6’7″ and 245 pounds.

His offensive game still leaves a lot to be desired, but he’s already a defensive-ready prospect and he’s just 19 years of age.

If Luol Deng decides to decline his player option for next season, can you imagine Johnson in a starting lineup with offensive stalwarts such as Bosh and Dwyane Wade?

The Arizona product can be a long-term role player for a team that already has a couple of offensive stars.

Next: Willie Cauley-Stein

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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.