The confetti has barely finished coming down from the Golden State Warriors championship parade, but now we are mere days away from the 2015 NBA Draft. The Miami Heat will find themselves in an unfamiliar position and that’s selecting No. 10 in this Thursday’s draft.
Some basketball analyst have them going in a number of different directions, so let’s take a look at the various predictions on who the Heat will select.
ESPN- Chad Ford
Chad Ford of ESPN predicts the Heat will select Stanley Johnson from the University of Arizona. Johnson has the potential to become an NBA All-Star, but he should at least be a strong role player for many years.
His 6-7, 240-pound frame allows him to play both forward positions as well as at shooting guard. Johnson is a solid shooter and a good slasher to the paint area because of his quick first step.
Johnson is also a great defender, which is amazing given he is only 19-years-old. His 7-foot wingspan allows him to create a number of turnovers.
The biggest thing Johnson needs to improve on is his play in half-court situations. Most NBA teams don’t run fast-paced offenses and Johnson needs to become more skilled around the rim.
The selection of Johnson would make a lot of sense for the Heat because the age and uncertainty of future of Hall of Famer Dwyane Wade.
CBS Sports- Gary Parrish
CBS Sports’ Gary Parrish have the Heat selecting Kentucky guard Devin Booker. Despite playing limited minutes for the Wildcats last season, Booker is almost a lock to be a lottery selection.
Booker’s shooting ability is probably his best asset. The 6-6 guard hit 41 percent of his three-point field goals for Kentucky last season.
The biggest strength of Booker is his shooting off ball screens. He uses his quickness and footwork to evade defenders and his quick releases is also a great attribute as well.
Booker’s biggest weakness is on the defensive end. He doesn’t have a wide wing span (6-8) and he lacks defensive instincts.
The bright side about Booker is he is only 18-years-old, so he has a lot of time to improve his game and work on his weaknesses on the defensive end.
NBA.com- Scott Howard-Cooper
Scott Howard-Cooper has Miami drafting Myles Turner.
Even in an era where the big men don’t dominate the league like they use to, it is easy to fall in love with the potential of Turner. He is a 6-11 center that has the shooting skills and shot-blocking ability teams like to see from someone of his stature.
Not only can Turner be a force defensively, he also has excellent range for someone his size. Last season for the Texas Longhorns, Turner shot 27 percent from the three-point line. While that’s not a high percentage, it does show that Turner has the range to generate offense in another way outside of the painted area.
The biggest question regarding Turner is his lack of speed and athleticism. Because he isn’t very athletic, he could have trouble guarding and getting past NBA big men.
Overall, Turner’s shooting ability and high motor will generate a lot of interest from some NBA general managers. They just hope his last season at Texas is merely a blip on the radar and not a sign of things to come.
Johnson, Booker and Turner are all excellent prospects. But if Booker is on the board at No. 10, expect the Heat to draft him.
If Wade does return to the Heat like most expect, Booker could learn from one of the best shooting guards of all-time. If Wade decides to take his talents elsewhere, Booker could step in and should be able to contribute immediately.