Pre-Draft Analysis

Areas Of Strength
Erik Spoelstra is the longest tenured coach in the league behind San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich, giving the Heat a leader with a track record of winning and getting the best out of his players (not named Whiteside). With Pat Riley handling the overall vision of the franchise and Spoelstra locked in on the ground level with the daily direction of the team, the Heat have the sort of consistent power structure that is the envy of plenty of other organizations around the league. And the Heat have a nucleus right now that, provided they stay healthy, should keep them in the playoff mix for the foreseeable future.

Needs Work
Hassan Whiteside is being paid like a franchise player, but as his performance in the playoffs indicated he’s not quite ready for prime time. He’s plenty talented, no one disputes that. But the maturity concerns that existed before he signed his huge contract with the Heat remain. The Heat have to figure out a way to get the best out of their big man, which is critical if they are going to move into the upper echelon of the Eastern Conference playoff picture on a permanent basis.

Two Stats That Matter
53 -- The Heat played 53 games, most in the league, that were within five points in the last five minutes.

8.9 -- The Heat were 8.9 points per 100 possessions better offensively with Kelly Olynyk on the floor (scoring 109.4) than they were with him off the floor (scoring 100.5).

-- John Schuhmann

The Way To Go
In the absence of a move to get into this draft, the Heat will spend the big night in a strictly observatory role. The Heat have a roster ready made for the playoffs without adding any younger bodies through the draft. But there is always room for improvement, even for an organization as well run as the Heat. If they sit out draft night expect Riley to make up for it in free agency.

2017-18 Team Stats (points per 100 possessions, with NBA rank)
Offensive: 104.5 (20th)
Defensive: 104.0 (7th)

Under Contract
G: Goran Dragic
G: Tyler Johnson
G: Dion Waiters
G: Josh Richardson
F: Justise Winslow
F: James Johnson
C: Bam Adebayo
C: Hassan Whiteside
C: Kelly Olynyk 

Free Agents
G: Dwyane Wade (unrestricted)
G: Derrick Walton Jr. (unrestricted)
G: Wayne Ellington (unrestricted)
F: Udonis Haslem (unrestricted)
F: Derrick Jones (unrestricted)
F: Rodney McGruder (restricted)
F: Jordan Mickey (restricted)
F: Luke Babbitt (unrestricted)

Recent Draft History
2017: Bam Adebayo (14)
2015: Justise Winslow (10), Josh Richardson
2014: P.J. Hairston (26) traded to Charlotte
2013: No picks
2012: Arnett Moultrie (27) traded to Philadelphia
2011: No picks

-- Sekou Smith


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