The Miami Heat took forward Precious Achiuwa of Memphis with the 20th pick of the NBA Draft. Here’s why he could become an immediate contributor.
The Miami Heat came into the 2020 NBA Draft with immediate needs to address. They needed another guard, preferably one that could operate out of the point guard position, along with help in the middle.
Then it all started to happen. The NBA Draft got all crazy and players started to fall.
After all of the chips landed where they did, the Miami Heat’s 20th pick came up. With it, they selected forward Precious Achiuwa out of Memphis.
Achiuwa was the American Athletic Conference Player Of The Year, Rookie Of The Year, and of course, a member of the conference’s first team after taking over as the lead man for Memphis following the departure of Golden State’s number two overall pick in James Wiseman. Here is what ESPN’s Jonathan Givony had to say of the Achiuwa pick after it was made.
"After an improbable run to the NBA Finals, the Heat scored big on draft night as well by picking the sliding Precious Achiuwa, who easily could have been selected 8-10 spots in front of them. Achiuwa is a perfect fit both positionally on their roster as well as characterwise fitting into the #HeatCulture, as he’s arguably the best athlete in the draft and also one of the most versatile defenders in the class. If Achiuwa can continue to make strides with his jump shot, he could end up being one of the biggest steals of the draft, giving him huge value with the 20th pick."
That’s just what we were thinking. But let’s dive a bit deeper.
Here are three reasons why Achiuwa should be able to make an immediate impact in just his first season. Let’s dive in!