Miami Heat Sign A Possible Gem In Omer Yurtseven

Omer Yurtseven #44 of the Georgetown Hoyas takes a foul shot(Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
Omer Yurtseven #44 of the Georgetown Hoyas takes a foul shot(Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images) /

The Miami Heat signed Omer Yurtseven on Friday to fill the final spot of their 15-man rotation. Yurtseven, a 22 year-old Turkish athlete from Istanbul, spent two of his collegiate years at NC State before he finished his final year at the University of Georgetown.

Yurtseven, a center who stands at exactly seven-feet, is mobile, runs the floor well, and most importantly, can provide adequate floor spacing. This could be yet another developmental prospect for the Heat, who remain among the league’s elite scouting groups and especially apparent over the last several years.

After signing an exhibit 10 deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder last December, Yurtseven  was waived by the Thunder just a day afterwards. In late January however, Yurtseven was assigned to the Thunder’s G-League affiliate, the Oklahoma City Blue.

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The Miami Heat signed young big man, Omer Yurtseven, to  fill their final roster spot.

He was an absolute force alongside recent NBA breakout, Moses Brown, providing averages of 15.2 points, 9.4 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.4 blocks on 61 percent from the field and 38 percent from beyond the arc. Yurtseven’s most notable performance was a 34-point, 13 rebound. double-double in a,121-115, loss against the Long Island Nets.

While the Heat are already locked into their playoff rotation with Bam Adebayo and Dewayne Dedmon at the center position, there could be a long term commitment for Yurtseven beyond just this summer. With Dedmon only signing a deal for just the remainder of the 2020-21 season, it’s no guarantee that he returns to play in a Heat uniform for next year.

This could leave an opening for Yurtseven, as well as Heat rookie, Precious Achiuwa. They could both stand the chance to continue gaining NBA-level experience.

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Furthermore, the Heat are the epitome of a well-orchestrated franchise. While in the midst of another deep postseason run, they’re also building towards the future all at once.