Heat draft workouts: What we know, analysis and fit

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The Miami Heat have the 15th and 43rd picks in this week’s NBA draft. The first round is Wednesday and the second round is Thursday. 

Here’s who we know the Heat have worked out ahead of the draft, according to HoopsHype’s draft workout tracker.

First-round prospects the Heat have worked out

Devin Carter, guard, Providence: A lockdown perimeter defender who shot 38% on 3s as a junior last season. Beyond the off-the-chart intangibles, basketball IQ and hustle, he also might be the best pound-for-pound athlete in his class.

Ron Holland, forward, G League Ignite: At 6-foot-7 with a 6-foot-10 wingspan, Holland has all the tools to be a star but needs to remake his jump shot and dial in on details. But he’s a defensive playmaker, downhill attacker and high-character guy with the look of a prototypical wing. 

Zach Edey, center, Purdue: At 7-foot-4 with a 7-foot-10 wingspan, Edey will be one of the biggest players in the NBA. At least we know that. Can he hold up defensively against NBA offenses? Will his touch in the paint translate to the 3-point line? Those are other questions. But he will provide elite size to any roster from Day 1.

Kel’el Ware, center, Indiana: Ware, at 6-foot-11, has the look of a modern, floor-spacing center. He shot 42.5% on 3s last season but on low volume. He’s raw and needs to add strength before he can battle with bigger centers in the paint, but the upside is undeniable.

Yves Missi, center, Baylor: A run-and-jump athlete who, at 7 feet, will provide a vertical spacing threat. He has nimble feet and a wide frame and should develop into a high-end defender. Think Clint Capela.

Isaiah Collier, guard, USC: Elite, downhill athlete built like a running back. He might have the best first step in the class and he made getting to the rim look easy. But a shaky outside jumper (34%), poor decision-making and lack of defensive effort have sent him sliding down draft boards.

Tyler Smith, forward, G League Ignite: A versatile frontcourt player who can really shoot the ball at 6-foot-9. He has the tools to be a plus defender but needs to put it together on that end. Think John Collins.

Jaylon Tyson, guard, Cal: Tyson was a high-usage player on a bad Cal team but has the tools to be an elite role player in the NBA. He can get downhill, knock down open 3s and guard multiple positions. Think Caleb Martin.

Terrence Shannon, forward, Illinois: Explosive athlete who uses his burst to get by defenders and finish at the rim. He’ll thrive in transition and as a cutter early, and has shown flashes of creating his own shot with the ball in his hands. He’s a solid defender who should get on the floor early in his career.

Pacome Dadiet, forward, Ulm: A long-armed wing with a wide frame and upside to develop into a 3-and-D wing. At 18 years old, he’s very raw. 

Second-round prospects the Heat have worked out

Adem Bona, center, UCLA: A smart, high-motor defender who rebounds, blocks shots and commits on the defensive end. Won’t score a lot of points but coaches will love him. Think Kevon Looney.

Dillon Jones, forward, Weber State: At 6-foot-4 with a 6-foot-11 wingspan and 237 pounds, Jones is built like a tank. He was Weber State’s No. 1 option and averaged 20.8 points, 9.8 rebounds and 5.2 assists as a senior. He gets to his spot in the paint and uses his body to overpower defenders. There are questions about his outside jumper and defense, but the tools are interesting.

Keshad Johnson, forward, Arizona: Strong forward who defends well, makes plays in the open floor and will work as an 0ff-ball cutter. He needs the shooting to be real (38.7% on 2.6 attempts per game last season) to raise his ceiling.

Tristen Newton, guard, UConn: A floor general who throws well-timed, accurate passes and, at 6-foot-4 with a 6-foot-7 wingspan, will provide solid on-ball defense.

Zyon Pullin, guard, Florida: Another floor general with an elite assist-to-turnover ratio (4.9 assists to 1.3 turnovers). He can run pick-and-roll and defend, but is a below-average athlete and needs to prove the outside jumper is reliable at the NBA level.

Boogie Ellis, guard, USC: A below-average athlete but has a strong motor and quick first step, and could develop into a reliable pick-and-roll ball-handler and shooter in the NBA.