Report: Miami Heat showing interest in promising young guard from Alabama

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After a season that saw them become the NBA’s feel-good story, the Miami Heat are preparing to add to their roster via the 2020 NBA Draft, and they appear to have a few candidates in mind.

“The Heat also has expressed interest in Alabama’s Kira Lewis Jr., but many project him to be gone by No. 20,” wrote Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.

Lewis is a 6-foot-3 point guard for the University of Alabama Crimson Tide. In his freshman year this past season, he averaged a solid 18.5 points and 5.2 assists per game while hitting 36.6 percent of his 3-pointers.

One cause for concern with Lewis may be that he stands 6-foot-3, but weighs only 165 pounds.

The Heat have apparently worked out a couple of other notable players.

“Less than a month before the NBA Draft, the Heat has ramped up contact with draft prospects, working out Arizona power forward/center Zeke Nnaji on Sunday and interviewing San Diego State point guard Malachi Flynn, according to a source,” wrote Jackson.

Nnaji, a 6-foot-11, 240 pound center for the University of Arizona Wildcats, averaged 16.1 points and 8.6 rebounds a game this past season.

Flynn is a 6-foot-1 guard who put up 17.6 points and 5.1 dimes a game for the San Diego State Aztecs in the 2019-20 campaign.

The Heat have had plenty of success in recent seasons through the draft by selecting unheralded players such as Bam Adebayo and Tyler Herro. Perhaps this year’s draft choice will follow a similar path.

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Robert is a native of Santa Monica, Calif. and a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has been an avid NBA fan since he was a little kid in the mid '90s, and during that time he has lived through the Alonzo Mourning, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James era of Heat basketball. He feels strongly that the NBA and sports aren't just entertainment, but also a means for learning life lessons.