2 Best-case scenarios, 1 worst for Heat draft pick Kel'el Ware

The Miami Heat selected Kel'el Ware with the 15th pick. Will they be able to maximize his potential?
2024 NBA Draft - Round One
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Worst case scenario: Kelly Olynyk

I believe Kelly Olynyk is a comparable talent for Kel’el Ware’s floor potential. It is not a bad comparison considering Olynyk has been a decent role player throughout his NBA tenure, but he has not been able to find a consistent role, which would be considered disappointing for Ware.

Olynk was the 13th pick in 2013 and has struggled to earn consistent starter minutes throughout his career -- whether in Boston, Miami, Houston, Detroit, Utah or Toronto -- and has mostly been coming off the bench providing steady contributions. Olynk is a former Heat player who was a part of the legendary NBA Bubble run but was very inconsistent. 

I feel like these two are comparable because they both have similar concerns about their game. Olynk is not a physical big man and is seen mostly as a stretch big who seems to lose confidence when he is not able to match the physicality of his opponents. This is my exact worry with Ware. I believe the Heat will be able to turn him into a more physical player, but if he is not able to, he could very well turn out to be the next Olynyk.

I ultimately believe that Ware will turn out to be something closer to Jackson. I don't think he will end up with the same accolades but he will provide similar contributions on the court alongside Adebayo. Both players are great defensively, especially when it comes to rim protection. If Ware can translate his shooting abilities to the NBA, then he will be very comparable to Jackson.