Miami Heat: NBA Draft Team Needs
2007-08 Record: 15-67; 5th Southeast
Draft Picks: 2, 52
Key Free Agents
G Jason Williams
G/F Ricky Davis
F Shawn Marion (can opt out of contract)
F Dorell Wright (restricted)
How they got here and what they need
Talk about a freefall. This past season was doomed from the start for Pat Riley's Heat, as injuries flattened the tires on the bus from the opening tip. Dwyane Wade once again couldn't stay healthy, and an aging Shaquille O'Neal as shipped to Phoenix for Shawn Marion among other pieces. Things got bad enough that Riley spent more time in March evaluating prospects than he did coaching the team. Not sure if the fifteen wins was a result of a tank job or the fact that without Wade this team was terrible, but make no bones about it this franchise needs some serious help.
With O'Neal gone and Alonzo Mourning more than likely headed into retirement (even if he does come back, how many more seasons can you realistically expect out of him?), there's a serious need for some size in the post. But similar to the Bulls with the top pick, there really isn't a post presence worthy of being selected this high. Therefore, the Heat truly are at the mercy of the Bulls, and they could really use whomever Chicago doesn't go with: either Michael Beasley or Derrick Rose.
Who they take
With Derrick Rose most likely going to Chicago, look for the Heat to select Kansas State's Michael Beasley with the second pick. He'd make a good sidekick for Wade, provided Dwyane can stay healthy.
Draft History (since 2000)
- - 2007: Jason Smith (20th); Stanko Barac (39th)
- - 2006: No picks
- - 2005: Wayne Simien (29th)
- - 2004: Dorell Wright (19th); Pape Sow (48th); Matt Freije (54th)
- - 2003: Dwyane Wade (5th); Jerome Beasley (33rd)
- - 2002: Caron Butler (10th); Rasual Butler (53rd)
- - 2001: Ken Johnson (49th)
- - 2000: Eddie House (37th); Ernest Brown (52nd)