2014 NBA Mock Draft: Predicting the Miami Heat’s Picks

Shabazz Napier

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Although they just lost in the 2014 NBA Finals, the Miami Heat have a ton of work this offseason. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh can all opt out if they choose to. If that happens, the Heat need to find players in the draft who can make an impact, even if they are in a bad spot in the draft. The Heat should also look into trading down in the draft if they want to have more draft picks, which may be a good idea in this deep draft class.

The Heat saw in the finals how Mario Chalmers is not a starting-level point guard in this league. That being said, the Heat should target Shabazz Napier in the back-end of the first round. Napier had an excellent four-year college career and LeBron has raved over the Connecticut product. Napier is capable of running an offense and he has the ability to stretch the floor.

Some other options for the Heat at the end of the first round are Kyle Anderson and Walter Tavares. Anderson is a player who came to UCLA with high expectations. He failed to exceed those expectations, but he is a 6-foot-9 player who is excellent at point guard and his versatility could be of great use in Miami. Tavares is a 7-foot-3 center who has a ton of potential to be a dominant defensive player. The Heat have failed to have a competent player at the center position and Tavares has the ability to do just that.

The Heat have a ton of talent on their team, but to get back to the championship, they will need to bring in new players because the cast they had this past season could not get it done. The best option for Miami is Napier, in my opinion, as he would be a terrific player alongside the Big 3 if they come back next season.

Ryan Ratty is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @RyanRattyNFL or add him to your network on Google.

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