The NBA Draft is coming up, which means The Game Haus will be doing draft profiles for each NBA team. Each day, a new team will be analyzed for their past season, their team needs and targets. Today, the Miami Heat will be evaluated.
In Dwyane Wade’s final NBA season, the Miami Heat finished two games back from the eighth seed, with a 39-43 record. Wade was still a major contributor for the Heat, averaging the second most points per game on the team with 15, along with four assists and four rebounds.
Shooting guard Josh Richardson the team in scoring, and has improved every season with the Heat. Going forward, he is one of the team’s main building blocks. Goran Dragic, Hassan Whiteside, Dion Waiters and Justice Winslow all averaged double-figures for the Heat as well.
Despite getting moderate scoring from a variety of players, Miami ranked 26th in offense rating last season. While the seventh best team defensively, the Heat turned out to be an average team. Going into coach Erik Spoelstra’s 11th season, the Heat should aim to get better offensively to avoid being a perpetually average team.
The Heat have one pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.
First Round: Pick No. 13
Power forward/Center- With Hassan Whiteside a potential free agent and Udonis Haslem nearing retirement, the Heat may have to add a big man in the draft. Center Bam Adebayo was productive in his second season in Miami, but more depth needs to be added at one of these positions.
Point guard- Goran Dragic has a player option headed into this summer. If he chooses to go elsewhere, the Heat will need to acquire a point guard either in free agency or the draft.
Shooting- As a team, Miami ranked near the bottom of the league in both field goal percentage, as well as three-point percentage. Selecting the best offensive player with the 13th pick could be a good option for the Heat heading into next season.
First round, Pick No. 13- Bol Bol, Center, Oregon
While some mock drafts don’t have Bol as high as 13, he could be a good selection for Miami. Bol is 7’2″, 235 lbs., with a 7’8″ wingspan; already NBA size.
In one season at the University of Oregon, Bol had a huge impact. He averaged 21 points on 56 percent shooting, in addition to averaging nearly 10 rebounds per game.
If Whiteside decides to leave, Bol could play the center position while Adebayo could move to the power forward spot.
A good scoring center in Bol would be a great addition to young players like Richardson and Winslow going forward. If Miami can find a point guard in free agency, Miami could have a promising future through their young players.