The Miami Heat are set to draft 20th in this upcoming NBA Draft. Two prospects that should be on their radar impressed in recent combine shooting drills.
The Miami Heat will participate in this upcoming NBA Draft, as of now, of course. While the speculation and preference, from my perspective, would be that they trade that pick as apart of a deal for another impact guy, there hasn’t been any semblance of movement yet.
With that in mind, we must act accordingly and as if they are going to actually be making the pick when it comes up. While they need help in the paint in the form of another big man or two, they could choose to go a myriad of different ways with the pick.
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In recent days though, two of the names that you could hear called for the Miami Heat on NBA Draft night had impressive showings in their NBA Combine workouts. Specifically, the two prospects shined in shooting drills.
The first prospect is a guy we have admired here at All U Can Heat for some time now. Cassius Winston of Michigan State really had an impressive outing.
Here is proof of his workout. It comes per Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress.
The second set of footage also comes per Givony. This clip shows us a shooting drill that features Kentucky’s Immanuel Quickley.
Note, although we said that both of them could hear their names called by Miami on draft night, we didn’t say that both of them had the potential to go at 20.
The Miami Heat have draft choices to make at 20 and beyond. Could the shooting of these prospects make all of their choices easier that night?
Winston is projected to be a second-rounder by many, however, I wouldn’t be surprised if he went late in the first. Any team that needs a point guard and has a late first-round pick would be in play for Winston.
He’s been a pro from a mental standpoint and the way he goes about playing the point guard position for a while now. Again, it wouldn’t be a shocker to see him go at the bottom of the first, although you hope he’s there to give the Miami Heat a chance to snag him in the second round.
He is a guy of that Michigan State culture, which is similar to Miami’s in a lot of ways and primed to have a long career in the league. He is a lifetime rotational player at worst and a potential perennial starter because of his know-how and intelligence.
More upside may be there with other prospects, but sometimes, the certainty of a player like Winston is just as valuable, if not more so. Speaking of upside though, there is Quickley.
Immanuel Quickley was a Kentucky Wildcat, so you know that he is uber-talented. It’s all about harnessing that talent and seeing if it can thrive in the NBA.
The Miami Heat love Kentucky guys, so they are always in play. You wonder about Quickley’s mental makeup and shooting form though, as they are just things you can’t ignore.
We shall see what happens later in November, but in these drills, they were superb. I am sure that Pat Riley has already seen both sets of this footage already though.