Tonight marks the 2015 NBA Draft. A total of 60 players will be selected in tonights draft. While 60 players will be selected, not all will sign immediately for the 2015-2016 season. The Miami Heat hold the 10th pick and 40th pick in the draft. The Heat have a bunch of solid options at 10 whereas at 40, that could be 1 of many different options. Let’s take a look at who they could go with.
Devin Booker – Kentucky
Devin Booker is a product of the John Calipari one and done system. Standing at 6’6 Booker possesses the size to play and also has the shooting stroke to play shooting guard at the NBA level. During his one year at Kentucky, Booker averaged 10.0 points in just 21.5 minutes a game while shooting 41% from the three point line. The knock on Booker is if he may be too one dimensional. A couple of years back a similar player, Doron Lamb, came out of Kentucky as a great shooter but didn’t last long in the NBA due to his inability to do much else on the floor.
Stanley Johnson – Arizona
Stanley Johnson was a highly touted player coming out of high school and he showed why at Arizona. In his lone season with the Wildcats, Johnson averaged 13.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.5 steals, while shooting 37% from the three point line. Johnson stands at 6’7 and 245 pounds, a great fit to play the small forward at the NBA level. With Luol Deng likely looking for a new deal, Johnson would be a great pick for the Miami Heat.
Sam Dekker – Wisconsin
Sam Dekker is an interesting prospect. While some scouts have worried about his perimeter game, Dekker has shot well for teams in recent workouts putting that worry to rest. At 6’9 220 pounds, Dekker possesses great size and length in order to play small forward in the NBA. He shot 53% from the floor on a great Wisconsin team that was constantly tested by top 25 programs. He averaged 13.9 points, 5.5 rebounds, and .5 steals and blocks per game. He too would be a great replacement for Luol Deng.