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Why Thursday May Be Most Important Day for Miami Heat Since Season Ended
- Updated: June 12, 2019
On Thursday, the Miami Heat will be hosting both Kevin Porter Jr. and Nassir Little for workouts at AmericanAirlines Arena.
Porter, who played one season for the University of Southern California, and Little, who played for the University of North Carolina, are two of the best prospects that could be available when the Heat go on the clock with the No. 13 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft on June 20.
In Porter’s lone season in college, which was last season, he played in 21 games (two starts) and averaged 9.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game while shooting 41.2 percent from three. During the season, Porter was suspended for a “personal conduct” issue, but he later returned to the team.
As for Little last season, he averaged 9.8 points and 4.6 rebounds per game in 36 games (no starts).
Neither player, both of whom were highly touted prospects going into college became main contributors on their respective teams.
Little, an Orange Park, Fla. native, was a McDonald’s All-American in 2018. In that game he was named the Most Valuable Player after scoring 28 points. He was also named co-MVP of the Jordan Brand Classic in 2018.
This workout could give the Heat an opportunity to pit the two players against each other and see who they would prefer, should both of them still be available when it’s their turn to pick in the draft. Both players could become potential key pieces to the franchise’s future and it will remain to be seen which one, if either, of these players will end up with the Heat next season.