By Bryce Welker on March 11, 2014
The Miami Heat have become the gold standard of the NBA for the past couple of seasons. That usually happens when a team wins back-to-back titles and is the odds-on favorite to win another. Miami's competitors, however, are only getting stronger, and the Heat need to start finding players who can produce as the team continue to age. Here are five players they should consider taking in the 2014 NBA Draft coming up in June.
Napier has been an excellent senior leader for a solid UCONN squad this year. He could provide a scoring punch off the bench for Miami and provide some insurance if the Heat decide to part ways with Mario Chalmers.
This 7-footer from Kentucky has been a defensive force in the paint for the Wildcats. Given Miami's lack of quality big men, he would make a fine addition to the Heat's second unit.
Michigan State's senior big man is a tough matchup on both sides of the court. Payne would bring good energy, athleticism and physicality to the Miami Heat frontcourt.
Every team needs shooters to stretch the floor, and Stauskas is one of the best in college basketball. It is possible that he could be the guy to potentially fill Ray Allen's shoes in South Beach.
This guy would be the best fit for the Heat. Early was potent in the paint and from long distance during Wichita State's tournament run last year, and that has continued into their current undefeated campaign. He would bring physicality and toughness at the forward position for Miami and be an immediate help off the bench.
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