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3 NBA Draft Day Steals the Miami Heat Can Make a Play for

Trevor LowryContributor IAugust 4, 2016

3 NBA Draft Day Steals the Miami Heat Can Make a Play for

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    The Miami Heat are obviously already stacked with the Big 3 of South Beach and all, but there are some areas they could improve. In fact, there are some players that the Heat can make a play for in the upcoming NBA draft to help with these improvements. 

    First things first, Miami absolutely needs to draft a center in the draft. Once the Heat achieve this, they really can go for whoever they want.

    Keep in mind that Miami only has one draft pick as of right now, with the 27th overall pick, so all of these players obviously will not be drafted by the Heat.

    So, read on to find out three NBA draft day steals the Miami Heat can make a play for. 

Fab Melo, Syracuse

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    This is the most obvious pick that the Miami Heat are probably considering. The only problem is the fact that Fab Melo may be off the board when it is time for the Heat to make their pick.

    If Melo is still available then Miami will obviously pick him up.

    Melo is not particularly gifted on offense, which is fine considering the Heat have LeBron James and Dwayne Wade on their team. 

    Melo can rebound the ball very well though and play defense. This is exactly what Miami needs, since it isn't the best rebounding team in the league at 18th. This pick would also take a lot of pressure off of Chris Bosh since he is not a true center and wouldn't have to cover the other team's big man from time to time. 

Marquis Teague, Kentucky

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    The Miami Heat don't necessarily need a point guard, but it definitely wouldn't hurt them to draft one. 

    Obviously, Miami has three very high scorers, but after LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh, there really is no one.

    Mario Chalmers is having a pretty decent year, but is only putting up 9.8 points per game. This could be because that is all Miami needs him to do, even so, Chalmers isn't the greatest scorer in the world.

    Marquis Teague may have only scored 9.4 points per game for Kentucky, but much like Chalmers, that is all he needed to score. However, Teague has a lot of room for improvement.

    Teague would be the perfect point guard for Miami because he is fast and could make an already great transition team that much better.

    The only problem is the fact that the Heat would most likely have to trade up to get Teague. 

Festus Ezeli, Vanderbilt

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    Festus Ezeli is much like Fab Melo, except Ezeli is a little better on the offensive side of the ball.

    Ezeli is great on defense, thanks to his size and shot-blocking ability. He is also rather quick for a big man, which would work well with Miami's fast paced offense. 

    He is a great rebounder, averaging 5.9 rebounds per game in his senior year, but could certainly do much better in the NBA with some more playing time.

    Miami doesn't really need the offensive production, but it certainly wouldn't hurt. Ezeli's offensive game really improved over the course of his time at Vanderbilt and he still has room to grow in that department.

    Ezeli will most likely be picked before Fab Melo, so Miami would definitely have to make a move on this big man.


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