The Miami Heat are a fairly young team with just Jimmy Butler, Goran Dragic and Andre Iguodala over 30 years old. They did wonders with this team in the 2020 NBA Playoffs showing courage after losing key players to injury. There were a lot of things to remember for Erik Spoelstra’s men from last season.
However, what worked earlier will not necessarily work again. They therefore need to draft and swap new players to further correct their defensive issues. Pat Riley’s carefully knitted team will have the 20th pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, which takes place on November 18. So what are they interested in?
Miami Heat showed an inclination towards a west-based prospect
When a team has the 20th pick overall, the assurance is that the rest will get the best. It is therefore rather a matter of settling for the element of surprise with fingers crossed. The Miami Heat envision one of those key prospects in Kira Lewis Jr., who is expected to be the 14th pick overall.
Lewis is a 6-foot-3 point guard who gave Alabama two years. He averaged 18.8 points, 5.2 assists and shot 36.6% from downtown last season. He had shown great shooting and playing ability and is one of the brightest talents to be drafted. But in order for Heat to land it, they will most likely have to give other players in the trade option.
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In an interview, the president of Heat reportedly said: “I’m just glad we have six [first-rounders] in the next eight years because, again, you never know if something’s going on and, and you can make a deal that can get you a player that you really want. So you just have to be ready. We will therefore continue and use the pick. Whether we keep it or not remains to be seen. “
They are also considering other avenues
Pat Riley is also eyeing Arizona forward / center Zeke Nnaji, whom they have previously interviewed. 7-footer Nnaji averaged 16.1 points and 8.6 rebounds at an impressive 57.6 percent from the field in his only year in Arizona. As per the NBA’s revised pre-draft rules, a franchise can only make 10 pre-draft visits to lock in prospects. This clearly shows that a team will not waste their option on a payer they are not very serious about.
The fact that Tyler Herro helped the Heat win postseason games increases the importance of getting the best rookie for the Heat. Tyler averages 16 points, 5.1 rebs and 3.7 assists at 37.5 3P%. He surpassed many other rookies and his own expectations. Miami would like to recruit someone like him or who could be polite to become the next Jimmy Butler.