NBA Mock Draft: Ranking top 15 realistic prospects for the Miami Heat

NBA Draft prospect Jordan Hawkins (Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports)
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NBA Draft prospect Maxwell Lewis (James Snook-USA TODAY Sports) /

5. Maxwell Lewis, F, Pepperdine

Coming off a sophomore season in which he averaged 17 points and six rebounds on 47 percent shooting from the field and 35 percent shooting from 3-point range, I’d imagine that Maxwell Lewis could end up being taken late in the first round. And for what the Miami Heat needs heading into the offseason, Lewis would seem like a great fit as a potential 3-and-D player.

The biggest question mark about Lewis as a draft prospect is whether or not he has enough athleticism to make the seamless transition from college to the NBA. Everything else seems to fit the mold of an impactful 3-and-D player. But there are some players that simply can’t get comfortable with the speed of the game. And there is some belief that Lewis may end up struggling with that.

In a vacuum, Lewis seems like a great pickup for any team looking for shooting and depth on the wing. Lewis may never end up being a star player or a primary or even a secondary scorer, but he seems like an ideal role player that will have the chance to help a team from day 1. In what many consider a low ceiling, Lewis seems like somewhat of a safe pick late in the first round.

Is that what the Heat is looking for at this point in the draft?