10 Draft Prospects Who Should Be on Miami Heat's Round 2 Radar
But the 2014 NBA draft isn't that far away (June 26), and it's time for the Heat to start honing on which prospects they are considering with the 26th and 55th selections.
In this post, we're going to explore the Heat options at No. 55, taking a look at 10 potential late-round draftees who fit in South Beach.
Bryce Cotton, Providence, PG, Senior
With Mario Chalmers' current contract expiring at this season's end, the Heat might have a need for a point guard.
Bryce Cotton, who stuffed the stat sheet like few others did in college basketball this past season, is an intriguing option.
His biggest strength is his driving-and-finishing ability. He ranked second in the Big East in points per game at 21.8. But the Providence guard is a versatile offensive talent; he shot 36.7 percent from three-point range and ranked first in assists in his conference with 5.9 per game.
His ability to set up his teammates after attacks to the basket makes him a nice fit, as does his strong effort on the defensive end.
Russ Smith, Louisville, PG, Senior
Russ Smith showed significant growth as a floor general in his senior season at Louisville, racking up 18.7 points (38.7 percent from three) and 4.6 assists per game.
Given his work ethic and selflessness, he would fit right in with the mission in Miami.
Additionally, Pat Riley once said that the Heat wanted to trade for Chalmers in 2008 because of the point guard's penchant to step up in big situations while at Kansas.
Well, like Chalmers, Smith was a key member on a national championship team. He would not be afraid of the high-pressure situations that the Heat often find themselves in.
There's a good chance he will be gone when Miami is ready to select at No. 55, but if he slips through the cracks, the Heat should consider pouncing on him.
Jordan Clarkson, Missouri, PG, Junior
The Heat recently hosted a workout for Missouri's Jordan Clarkson, according to ESPN's Jeff Goodman, and it's not that difficult to see why.
At 6'5", he has great size at the point guard position and possesses the type of athleticism that should help his game translate to the next level. Like many of the other guards we will discuss here, he's excellent at attacking the basket and finishing. He averaged 17.5 points in his one and only season in Columbia.
But there are plenty of holes in his game. He racked up just 3.8 assists per game and shot a putrid 28.4 percent on three-point attempts this past season.
Still, his physical tools make him a solid project player for Miami if he's available.
Jahii Carson, Arizona State, PG, Sophomore
Jahii Carson is turnover-prone (3.5 per game last season) and not a very good distributor (4.6 assists). And while he averaged 18.1 points in his sophomore year, he shot just 43.3 percent from the field. Those are some of the knocks on him that stand out.
However, his game has some appealing aspects. First off, he's a capable shooter (39.1 percent from three), which is an important ability on this Heat team.
Also, he's an incredible athlete with top-notch speed and quickness. For all his flaws, those attributes make him worth a look as a developmental player.
Jabari Brown, Missouri, SG, Junior
The Miami Heat are always in need of shooters, and Mizzou's Jabari Brown fits the bill.
He scored 19.9 points per game in his junior season with the Tigers, displaying a strong ability to attack the rim. In addition, and perhaps more importantly, he shot 41.0 percent from beyond the arc.
He would give Miami another bench player who's capable of knocking down the many open jumpers created by LeBron James and Co.
Jabari doesn't provide a significant amount of value in other aspects of the games (he's not a great distributor or defender) but does enough scoring-wise to warrant a late-round flier.
Nick Johnson, Arizona, SG, Junior
With Ray Allen's career coming to an end soon, the Heat could use some depth at the 2, and Nick Johnson remains a fine option.
The Arizona guard displayed a strong shooting ability, averaging 16.3 points per game (36.7 percent from three) in his junior season. However, he did shoot just 43.2 percent from the field, which is a bit of a concern.
Another negative on him is that he's undersized at shoot guard at just 6'3".
Nevertheless, he's an elite athlete, which makes him a plus defensively and potentially deadly in transition situations on the other end.
Joe Harris, Virginia, SG, Senior
Like Jabari Brown, Joe Harris has the potential to be a three-point specialist at the next level.
He shot at least 40 percent from beyond the arc in three of his four seasons in Virginia and averaged north of 10 points every season.
Harris isn't a great athlete, but that wouldn't hinder him too much in a shooting role for Miami.
He also doesn't have a ton of upside, but there's nothing wrong with grabbing a great shooter who has demonstrated an ability to play team basketball late in the second round.
James Michael McAdoo, North Carolina, PF, Junior
James Michael McAdoo isn't on this list solely because of his distant relation to Miami assistant coach Bob McAdoo, although it doesn't hurt his cause.
While he didn't live up to the hype throughout his three years at North Carolina, he was still fairly effective (14.2 PPG and 6.8 RPG last season) and has the athleticism and length that are coveted at the next level.
McAdoo wouldn't be called on to contribute right away (his jumper and rebounding ability need a lot of work), but as a raw, project player, he's as good a pick as any.
Jarnell Stokes, Tennessee, PF, Junior
While the Heat have proved they can win big without rebounding the ball well (they ranked 30th this season), it would be a wise move to aim for at least some improvement on the glass next season.
Enter Jarnell Stokes, who with 10.6 rebounds per game, was one of the best on the boards in college hoops in 2013-14.
But his game isn't just limited to rebounding. He brings interior defense and a decent post game (15.1 points per game) as well.
Stokes isn't much of a floor-spacer on the offensive end, which hurts his value on this team, but he's a high-energy player who does the little things. That's good enough this late in the draft.
Patric Young, Florida, C, Senior
There's a lot to like about Patric Young.
He's proved to be a solid shot-blocker (1.1 blocks per game last season) and post defender. He does an excellent job on the offensive glass (2.59 per game last season) and putting back his teammates' misses. From a physicality standpoint, he has excellent strength and quickness.
Young doesn't have a top-level offensive game—although he did average 11 points on 54.1 percent shooting from the floor during his senior season)—but he doesn't need one in Miami, given the offensive talent on this team.
As a backup center who does the dirty work, Young makes sense.
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