Miami Heat: Attention could turn to Arizona’s SG Josh Green in the NBA Draft

Josh Green #0 of the Arizona Wildcats handles the ball during the first half of the NCAA men's basketball game. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Josh Green #0 of the Arizona Wildcats handles the ball during the first half of the NCAA men's basketball game. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /
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Josh Green #0 of the Arizona Wildcats drives to the basket on Chris Duarte #5 of the Oregon Ducks (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images) /

The Miami Heat have options when it comes to the 20th pick. Josh Green should be in the mix there.

Over his last 10 games at Arizona, he shot 46.7% from three on three attempts per game. It was a significant increase from where he started.

He can blend it in with some corner threes or dish it out to the wings. He practically mirrors the game and skillset of that of Danny Green.

He obviously needs more guidance and to work on his awareness, for example, his quick decisions down the stretch or the fact that he might be a bit jumpy on the defensive end but he makes up for it with his aggression. With a 6-10 wingspan, he can also be a problem for any transition scorer.

He also adapts quickly to situations, while his lateral quickness allows him to recover extremely well for a 19-year old guard. For one final bow on top, here’s ESPN’s Mike Schmitz’s pre-draft analysis on Green.

"Strengths – Ideal physical profile for an off guard/wing with a great frame, long arms and impressive open-court, run-and-jump athleticism. Good straight-line speed running the floor. Finishes above the rim off one or two feet with ease. At his best in transition. – Versatile defender who competes on and off the ball. Great feet. Can slide up and check 1s or body up with physical wings. Has gotten tougher on the floor over the years. Will stick his nose in on the offensive and defensive glass. – Improved perimeter shooter and decision maker. Capable of making a standstill 3, quick-swing passes and close-out attacks. High floor as a prospect. Known for having strong intangibles. Improvement areas – Good in a lot of areas but doesn’t quite have an elite skill on the offensive end. Not the most dynamic perimeter shooter. Not an advanced ball-handler or passer. Feel is good, not great. What does he give you offensively if he’s not making shots? – Explosive but finishing finesse is still improving. Can drop in occasional floaters but very right-hand dominant. Much better shooter with his feet set than off the dribble. – Doesn’t always have a next-play mentality. Projected role: 3-and-D wing"

The NBA is in the midst of trade season and after watching blockbuster moves like Chris Paul being sent to the Suns to play with Devin Booker or Jrue Holiday pairing up with Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Miami Heat have stood pat on any rash decisions.

This could be a hint that they are either looking to make a splash in the NBA draft by trading up or surprising us with a selection like Josh Green. They could also just wait for free agency to round out their squad.

I think that if they are choosing to build through the draft, they should definitely take a gamble on this Arizona standout. He should be able to squeeze into this lineup nicely along with Herro and Duncan Robinson.

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If anything, the Heat could look to pair young players together to evolve them into trade options for a big name haul like Giannis or Bradley Beal when it comes down the line. Either way, Green might be one of the best options left when their pick comes up on Wednesday.