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Miami Heat

2013-14 record: 54-26

First place, Southeast Division

Lost to San Antonio in NBA Finals

2014 Draft Picks: Round 1 - Pick 26 | Round 2 - Pick 55

Draft Picks - Round 1

26
P.J. Hairston (traded to Charlotte Hornets) | Shooting Guard | Texas Legends (NBA D-League)

Draft Picks - Round 2

55
Semaj Christon (traded to Oklahoma City Thunder) | Point Guard | Xavier
Draft Overview

TRADE 1: Heat acquire No. 24 pick Shabazz Napier from Charlotte in exchange for No. 26 pick P.J. HairstonNo. 55 pick Semaj Christon, a 2019 second-round pick and cash considerations.
 

Pre-Draft Analysis

 

Areas of Strength

The Heat's core group, starting with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, remains intact. And building around that core will get tougher this summer with the free agent options of all three of their All-Stars. If they decide to stay together, the Heat will continue to operate from a position of superior strength.

 

Needs Work

Crazy as it sounds, the Heat still don't have a consistent low-post presence to balance the floor on both ends. They've tried the piece-meal approach and the glorified role player (Joel Anthony), the aged warrior (Udonis Haslem), the reluctant big man (Chris Bosh) and whatever other incarnation Heat coach Erik Spoelstra needed at the time. But the revamped Heat need a legitimate low-post presence, someone they can lean on as the Big Three continue to transform their games.

 

Two Stats That Matter

4 -- The number of consecutive seasons the Heat will have played to the final day of the NBA season, wrapping up a grueling physical stretch for any core group. The ranks will have to be bolstered for next season either way, because no team can handle that sort of physical toll and stay fresh enough to compete at the highest level.

 

30 -- A big man is definitely needed to help the Heat dig themselves out of last place in the rebound rankings. It defies logic for the best team in the league the past two years (and maybe three) to be dead last in this category.

 

The Way To Go

NBA.com's Draft expert, Scott Howard-Cooper, offers up his suggestions:
Mario Chalmers is about to become a free agent and the Heat are in point-guard row at No. 26. Someone else may become a free agent as well, except that if LeBron James hits the door, a time machine is the only thing that will save Miami from ruin. Either way, it’s unlikely there is a potential replacement for Chalmers so late in the first round and the Heat would prefer experience, if a new starter is needed at all. But there is a chance to develop a prospect into depth at the position. Elfrid Payton, Deonte Burton,Vasilije Micic, Shabazz Napier, maybe Zach LaVine, are all tracking to the mid-20s. Pat Riley could also concede no one helps a team in win-now mode and makes an investment pick for a player to remain overseas.

 

2013-14 Team Stats (points per 100 possessions, with NBA rank) 
Offensive: 109.0 (2nd)
Defensive: 102.9 (11th)

 

Under Contract
G: Norris Cole
G: Dwyane Wade
F: LeBron James
F: Chris Bosh
C: Chris Andersen
F: Udonis Haslem
F: Justin Hamilton

 

Free Agents
G: Mario Chalmers
F: Shane Battier
G: Ray Allen
G: Toney Douglas
F: James Jones
F: Rashard Lewis
C: Greg Oden
G/F: DeAndre Liggins

 

Recent Draft History
2012: Arnett Moultrie (27)
2011: Norris Cole (28)
2010: Dexter Pittman (32), Jarvis Varnado (41), De'Sean Butler (42), Latavious Williams (48)
2009: Marcus Thornton (43), Robert Dozier (60)
2008: Michael Beasley (2), Darnell Jackson (52)

 

-- Sekou Smith

 

 

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