With Justin Hamilton, the Miami Heat get a useful role player who will provide sneaky offense and, more importantly, big-man depth.
In Hamilton, the Heat are strictly getting a big body to help depth. Joel Anthony and Udonis Haslem are far from sure things, so getting the seven-footer makes sense here.
Besides, seven-footers in the NBA are always a commodity.
Let's take a closer look at the big man.
What Justin Hamilton Brings to the Team
As I mentioned, first and foremost, he brings depth. He doesn't have much athleticism, but he provides a legit NBA body who can take up some room in the paint.
Hamilton is 7'0", 260 pounds and he's strong, so it will be tough to move him out out of the way. In that aspect, even though he's not a great defender, he will never be a liability, even though he's not a great athlete.
On offense, Hamilton actually has plenty of skill. He has a nice touch from the post, so if you combine that with his elite size and effective jump hook, he can be a good scorer from the inside.
What's more, Hamilton has a fantastic mid-range jumper for a man of his size. He could be a sneaky weapon in the pick-and-pop when Miami's second unit is in.
What Experts are Saying
ESPN's Chad Ford, who ranked Hamilton a mere 76th among this year's NBA prospects, had this to say about this kid:
He's not an explosive athlete, but he moves pretty well and showed some nice moves around the basket. He caught the eye of a number of scouts at the New Jersey workout and should see plenty of workouts from teams leading up to the draft.
Hamilton is sort of like an unathletic Meyers Leonard, so you can process that however you want.
The great size will help him see a few minutes in the NBA during his rookie season, but it will likely only be in garbage time or when Miami's big men get in foul trouble and they can't go small.
Nonetheless, he's someone who has the skill to score a few points per game whenever he gets the chance.
While no one was really expecting Hamilton to be the pick here, especially in the middle of the second round, he serves a purpose for the Heat.
We saw how desperately Miami needed a big man who could score when Chris Bosh was injured during the playoffs, so Hamilton gives them good insurance in that aspect.
He's not going to light up the scoreboard, but with talented options around him, he can certainly hold his own when called upon.
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