The Miami Heat have been a very, very good basketball team ever since their Big 3 came into existence. I am sure many people are aware of that by now. With that said, the Heat don’t necessarily have to strike gold in the 2014 NBA Draft. Sure, the draft is important to Miami, but the team will be fine next year even if its first round pick doesn’t breakout right away, or ever. Regardless, the Heat should draft Cleanthony Early with pick No. 26.
Early played a huge role for the Wichita State Shockers this season. In case if you didn’t know, the Shockers had a very successful regular season — went undefeated.
Early put up 16.4 points per game, 5.9 rebounds per game and made 66 threes on 37.5 percent shooting from behind the arc. However, he really showed off his talent in the 2014 NCAA tournament. He scored 23 points on Cal Poly and then went off on the Kentucky Wildcats by dropping 31 points.
He wouldn’t lead Miami in scoring or anything like that. That’s LeBron James‘ job. Still, he could be a reliable scorer off the bench (possibly more), would provide great shooting, solid rebounding and a 6-foot-8 body.
Early may not be the highest rated prospect in the draft, but he is still one of the better players and he showed that by scoring at will against Julius Randle and the Wildcats in the tournament. Randle could go in the top five of the NBA draft, so that is saying something.
No matter what the case, Miami will be more than fine next year, as long as James returns. If Early is still available when the Heat are on the clock, drafting him would be a smart move by Miami.