By Jared Doyle @outofboundsjay on June 13, 2014
The Miami Heat will have a plenty questions to address this summer in terms of their roster, as only two players are on guaranteed contracts for the 2014-15 season. Miami will be looking to shore up a few things, mainly the backup point guard position, depth in the frontcourt and a defensive-minded backup small forward. Here are the five prospects the Miami Heat must avoid in the 2014 NBA Draft.
The one thing the Miami Heat should look for in drafting a potential center this summer is the ability to rebound well and defend. Jusuf Nurkic lacks both of these fundamentals. Nurkic does have an offensive touch around the glass and from mid-range, but the Heat already have that covered with stretch forward Chris Bosh.
Although the Heat value athleticism, and Patric Young has a ton of it, this promising young frontcourt player lacks consistency on the offensive end. With how Young is built, you would think he could absolutely dominate the glass through rebounding, but that isn’t the case, which should be a major point of concern for the Heat.
When selecting a point guard in this summer’s draft, the Heat should be scouting for two main attributes: the ability to shoot well from beyond the arc, and the ability to defend opposing point guards. These just so happen to be Efrid Payton’s biggest weaknesses. Payton does have the ability to take his defender off the dribble, but so do many other Heat wing players, so this isn’t considered a priority.
Although Clint Capela is a solid rebounder, he lacks consistency on the offensive side of the ball and is also a very weak post-defender. Post defense has been a huge weakness for the Heat over the last few seasons, so this is an attribute they should look for in potentially drafting a frontcourt player.
Even with the amazing athleticism and outstanding play in transition he possesses, Glenn Robinson III should not be a player the Heat organization considers drafting. His inability to defend well plus lack of effective three-point shooting make him a poor backup for LeBron James at the small-forward position.
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