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2020 NBA Mock Draft Plus Possible Miami Heat Picks

There are many players drawing uncertainties as they enter the NBA draft this coming year. Since teams are unable to see the players true colors during March Madness, everything seems up in the air about guys. Even though it seems as if the draft will most likely be pushed back, here’s a mock draft using the current standings.

1. Golden State Warriors: Anthony Edwards

  (Georgia, SG, 19 PPG)

Anthony Edwards is the best prospect by far in this draft since he already has a polished game that’ll translate well into the NBA.

 

2. Cleveland Cavaliers: LaMelo Ball

(Illawarra Hawks, PG, 17 PPG)

LaMelo Ball has the most potential out of any prospect in this draft, while being such a confident scorer, he has great vision averaging 8 assists per game.

 

3. Minnesota Timberwolves: Obi Toppin

(Dayton, PF, 20 PPG)

Obi Toppin is a high flying and super athletic player, who is most known for his vertical and dunk packages, while his shooting has gone majorly underrated after he improved his three ball in his last ten games.

 

4. Atlanta Hawks: Deni Avdija

(Maccabi Tel Aviv, SF, 12 PPG)

Deni is an outstanding shooter and has a great IQ for the game, and would fit in nicely next to Trae Young to try and make a Curry and Klay type of backcourt.

 

5. Detroit Pistons: James Wiseman

(Memphis, C, 20 PPG)

James Wiseman has a great feel once he gets the ball in his hands inside the paint, and would replace Drummond perfect as they can build around an improving 20 year old center.

 

6. New York Knicks: Cole Anthony

(North Carolina, PG, 19 PPG)

Cole Anthony is a very explosive point guard that would give the Knicks a fun young player to watch, who has the guts to play in a city like New York.

 

7. Chicago Bulls: RJ Hampton

(New Zealand Breakers, SG, 9 PPG)

RJ Hampton is another all around player with great scoring and passing ability, but his draft stock fell once he didn’t get as many minutes as he would’ve liked overseas.

 

8. Charlotte Hornets: Killian Hayes

(France, PG, 13 PPG)

Killian Hayes has major upside and has an opportunity to get even drafted higher with his slashing and passing abilities, and while Devonta Graham has had a great year, moving him to the 2 might be better as he has been a great three point shooter the past year.

 

9. Washington Wizards: Onyeka Okongwu

(USC, C, 16 PPG)

Okongwu has been turning heads since he played with the Ball brothers in high school, and putting his athleticism and defensive versatilities next to Wall and Beal would be a great start for the next couple of years.

 

10. Phoenix Suns: Tyrese Haliburton

(Iowa State, PG, 15 PPG)

Tyrese Haliburton has unbelievable passing abilities, and is able to play off the ball which would complement Devin Booker perfectly, and give them a young PG which is what they need.

 

11. San Antonio Spurs: Issac Okoro

(Auburn, SF, 13 PPG)

Issac Okoro is by far the best defensive wing in this draft and can guard all 5 positions at times, which will fit into the Spurs system perfectly.

 

12. Sacramento Kings: Tyrese Maxey

(Kentucky, SG, 14 PPG)

Tyrese Maxey is a player that doesn’t lack an ounce of confidence on the court with the ball in his hands, while he is streaky with his shooting ability, he would be a great spark off the bench for the Kings to replace Fox or Hield.

 

13. New Orleans Pelicans: Precious Achiuwa 

(Memphis, PF/C, 16 PPG)

Precious Achiuwa likes to establish himself in the paint at all times which causes him to draw many fouls by the basket, and he is also one of the best rebounders in this draft at only 6’9.

 

14. Portland Trail Blazers: Devin Vassell

(Florida State, SF, 13 PPG)

Devin Vassell is one of the top shooters in this draft class and can defend both the perimeter and paint at a high level, which will entice the Blazers to put him next to Lillard and McCollum.

And….

23. Miami Heat: Vernon Carey Jr

(Duke, C, 18 PPG)

Vernon Carey is a South Florida native who grew up around the Heat as he turned heads constantly in high school. He uses his size inside the paint to score, but has one of the best big man passing abilities in the draft. Having a center come off the bench who can rebound at a high level would be perfect for Miami, which is where they struggle at times.

Miami Heat draft Tyler Herro, fans not thrilled

Sekou.

KPJ.

Bol Bol.

Three high upside players, which the Miami Heat need.

Even Brandon Clarke, the so-called safest pick.

Plenty of players thought to be Heat options were available at No. 13.

Pat Riley, however, went back to his alma matter, for a player — swingman Tyler Herro — who was projected in the 20s until recently.

Miami has done good work in the draft the past four years, so maybe this works out.

Herro was certainly happy.

But the initial reaction was mostly skepticism.

Early polling on @5ReasonsSports had about 75 percent of the fans against it.

Nor was there much excitement in the main bowl of AmericanAirlines Arena, where the Heat were hosting a draft party.

 

More on a podcast posting soon, plus comments from Herro and Pat Riley.

Miami Heat’s draft night gets busier

Refresh our memories.

When is the last time the Miami Heat were the team giving up cash considerations?

Maybe it’s happened recently, but it doesn’t come to mind. The Heat have been in cost-saving, more than cost-adding, mode since the middle of the Big Three era — but apparently they like some of the prospects in this draft enough to pony up a little.

Here’s the trade they just made:

What’s interesting about this deal is that the Heat have done such an incredible job of developing undrafted players of late that it hasn’t seemed necessary to stockpile second round picks.

But apparently, the Heat scouts are intrigued by the depth in this year’s draft. And they also may see a need. The team’s depth, particularly in the backcourt, has already been thinned by the cost-related subtractions of Rodney McGruder, Tyler Johnson and Wayne Ellington — plus the retirement of Dwyane Wade.

Look for coverage from American Airlines Arena — on this website and on podcasts — from myself (Ethan Skolnick) and Alphonse Sidney. That will include a recap of Pat Riley’s remarks, which now figure to occur early Friday morning, when everything is over.

Another thought on Miami Heat’s draft options

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.

 

Miami Heat pre-draft tracker

Welcome, welcome, welcome to the official Miami Heat Beat pre-draft tracker. This story will be updated as new information becomes available on draft prospects the Miami Heat have conducted pre-draft workouts AND/OR interviews with.

Follow along as we keep tabs on who Miami might take at No. 13 on June 20 at the 2019 NBA Draft in New York.


Draft Chatter

Update (5/29): “The Heat has told people it wants to find athletic wing players who can shoot and defend, ideally in the 6-foot-6 range. But at No. 13, Miami would take a power rotation player if one is clearly ranked ahead of a wing, even though a wing is the preference,” according to Barry Jackson, Miami Herald.


Confirmed Player Meetings with the Heat:

• Bruno Fernando | Center, Maryland (first reported by David Wilson, Miami Herald)

• Naz Reid | Big, LSU (first reported by David Wilson, Miami Herald)

• Carsen Edwards | Point Guard, Purdue (first reported by David Wilson, Miami Herald)

• Ignas Brazdeikis | Forward, Michigan (first reported by David Wilson, Miami Herald)

• Grant Williams | Forward, Tennessee (first reported by David Wilson, Miami Herald)

• Terance Mann | Forward, Florida State (first reported by Ben Stinar, Amico Hoops)

• Ky Bowman | Guard, Boston College (first reported by Greg Sylvander, Miami Heat Beat)

Note: Above prospects are considered mid-to-late-first and second-round projections.


Confirmed Individual Player Workouts to be Hosted at Heat Facility in June:

• Brandon Clarke | Big, Gonzaga (first reported by Ira Winderman, Sun-Sentinel)

• Tyler Herro | Guard, Kentucky (first reported by John Alfes, Amico Hoops)

• Matt Mooney | Guard, Texas Tech (first reported by ESPN 99.1 FM in Sioux Falls, confirmed by Greg Sylvander, Miami Heat Beat)

• Kevin Porter Jr. | Guard, USC (first reported by Barry Jackson, Miami Herald)

• P.J. Washington | Forward, Kentucky (first reported by Barry Jackson, Miami Herald)

• Dewan Hernandez | Forward, Miami (first reported by Barry Jackson, Miami Herald)

• Kyle Allman | Guard, Cal State Fullerton (first reported by Harrison Faigen, SB Nation)


Pro Day Attendance (Agent Organized Workouts):

Priority Sports — Pro Day in Chicago, May 24 (per Chris Kouffman, Five Reasons Sports, and Barry Jackson, Miami Herald):

Miami Heat officials in attendance: Pat Riley, Nick Arison, and Chet Kammerer

• Brandon Clarke | Forward, Gonzaga

• Bruno Fernando | Center, Maryland

• Isaiah Roby | Forward, Nebraska

• Dylan Windler | Forward, Belmont

• Carsen Edwards | Guard, Purdue

• Admiral Schofield | Guard, Tennessee

• Ty Jerome | Guard, Virginia

• Ethan Happ | Forward, Wisconsin

• Max Strus | Guard, DePaul


Impact Basketball — Pro Day in Las Vegas, May 27 (per Brian Goins, Miami Heat Beat):

Miami Heat officials in attendance: Andy Elisburg and Adam Simon

• Nassir Little | Forward, North Carolina

• Mamadi Diakite | Big, Virginia

• Ky Bowman | Guard, Boston College

• Terence Davis | Guard, Ole Miss

• Zach Norvell | Guard, Gonzaga

• Ignas Brazdeikis | Forward, Michigan

• Charles Matthews | Guard, Michigan

• Miye Oni | Guard, Yale

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— Pro Day in Santa Monica, May 28 (per Greg Sylvander, Miami Heat Beat):

• Rui Hachimura | Forward, Gonzaga

• Nickeil Alexander-Walker | Guard, Virginia Tech

• De’Andre Hunter | Forward, Virginia

Klutch Sports — Pro Day in Los Angeles, May 28 (per Jonathan Givony, Draft Express):

Miami Heat officials in attendance: Erik Spoelstra and Pat Riley

• Darius Bazley | Forward, Princeton High School

• Donta Hall | Forward, Alabama

• Talen Horton-Tucker | Guard, Iowa State

Roc Nation Sports — Pro Day at Mamba Sports Academy in Los Angeles, May 28 (per Jonathan Givony, Draft Express):

Miami Heat officials in attendance: Erik Spoelstra, Pat Riley, and Adam Simon

• Kevin Porter Jr. | Guard, USC

• Zylan Cheatham | Forward, Arizona State


Notables

• Cam Reddish | Forward, Duke

• Kevin Porter Jr. | Guard, USC

Note: Both were slated to meet with the Heat at the combine, but did not, according to the Sun-Sentinel’s Ira Winderman.

• Nassir Little | Forward, North Carolina

• Romeo Langford | Guard, Indiana

Note: Both confirmed they did not meet with the Heat at the combine, as well, according to the Miami Herald’s David Wilson.

• DaQuan Jeffries | Forward, Tulsa

Note: Jeffries was invited for an individual workout, but a minor hip injury prevented it from taking place, according to the Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson.

Can the Heat find another Justise or Bam at 13?

The Heat will continue to need to build through the middle, unless they can flip picks and players for a superstar, which doesn’t seem especially likely over the next season.

Until that opportunity arises, Miami’s front office and scouting staff will be looking at options for No. 13 this season, hoping to get a player as promising as Bam Adebayo (No. 14 in 2017) or, even better, someone as good as the guy who went one spot ahead of Adebayo that year, Donovan Mitchell.

The process has been ongoing, but it accelerates in Chicago for pre-draft camp, and the reporters on scene from South Florida — Ira Winderman, David Wilson, Shandel Richardson — had the details.

That’s not a surprising list, even if it seems unlikely that Reddish would be there at 13. Porter — along with Clarke and Bol Bol — has been among the prospects linked to the Heat in early mock drafts.

Don’t pay much attention to position. The Heat need help everywhere, though it would seem that center would be the least pressing need, at least while Hassan Whiteside and Kelly Olynyk are still in Miami with Bam Adebayo.

And this is a franchise that took Dwyane Wade in 2003 when it was paying Eddie Jones a fortune to play two-guard.

Also, don’t place too much emphasis on who the Heat interview in Chicago.

In 2015, I recall speaking with Justise Winslow there. Winslow was expected to go higher than the Heat’s slot (No. 10) and he told me that he hadn’t met with the Heat there.

There will be plenty of tidbits between now and the draft in six weeks, including this one: