From our new contributor Jaccare Givens, as we continue to engage the Five Reasons Sports community. We will be compiling these and posting them leading up to the NBA Draft on June 20:
With the NBA draft seven days away let’s look at 3 prospects for the Miami Heat to draft at number 13 in the 2019 NBA draft. The Miami Heat’s main objectives should be to draft the right player, but also to avoid drafting guys who are redundant to what they already have on the current roster. For example, the Heat should stay away from a player like P.J. Washington because he has a lot of characteristics of a Bam Adebayo or Derrick Jones Jr. and that was one of the Heat’s major problems last year with the roster too many alike players at the same position.
I do understand that this draft class isn’t deep but players such Kawhi Leonard and Giannis have been drafted in the back end of the lottery and turn into great players. In my opinion, the Heat need to take a high potential player who can be an All- Star or a player who can be instant offense an average 20-25 points per game. In general, they just need a player who can develop into the next D-Wade as a franchise player and can be the best player on a championship team.
My top 3 prospects for the Heat in the 2019 NBA draft are:
1. Cam Reddish: 6’8 Guard with a 7-1 wingspan, who can flat out shoot the basketball he has an effortless shooting stroke and at times can be a great defender. He was very overlooked at Duke but I think he has the most potential out of all of the Duke prospects in the draft to be a immediate contributor, he can be a better version of Paul George because he’s already a better offensive talent then Paul George was as a rookie. My biggest concern with Reddish is that he’s very aloof at times on the court but I think being in a system like the Miami Heat he can develop into a superstar level player because they have the foundation and coaches to get the best out of their players.
2. Kevin Porter Jr.: Can be an elite scorer at the NBA level he’s a 6’6 SG crafty scorer and draws comparisons to James Harden. He will be a lottery pick strictly based off potential because before he entered college many in NBA Draft circles had him going in the TOP 5. I will say this he can be one the big steals in the draft because he’s falling due to character concerns but I don’t have that issue with Porter JR. because he’s a young kid so yes he won’t make the best decisions at the present moment so we can give him a pass because he will mature as he gets older.
3. Bol-Bol: Based off purely measurables and game he should be a top 3 pick a 7’2 center who can stretch the floor and handle the ball with a 7’8 wingspan. He’s the definition of a boom or bust prospect because you can hit big with him or lose it all with the pick. If you can develop him, you have an unstoppable force at the 5 because his skill set would be unmatched and hard to defend for anyone. His length and height can make him an excellent defender and rim protector. He does have to develop his game more and also put on weight and he did have a foot injury that derail his college career and guys his size are know to have foot issues i.e. Yao Ming which foot injuries end his career and Joel Embiid did as well that stopped him from playing his first two years in the NBA. We do hope the kid has a healthy NBA career no matter where he lands. In all if Bol Bol lands in the right system that team gets a player with All-Star potential.