HEAT VP of Player Personnel Talks NBA Draft

Miami, 6/22 - HEAT Vice Present, Player Personnel Chet Kammerer took questions Tuesday on the NBA Draft. The 2010 NBA Draft will be held Thursday, June 24. The HEAT holds the Nos. 18, 41, 42, and 48 picks. 

With the HEAT expected to have many roster spots open this summer, Kammerer cautioned that the HEAT will not necessarily draft based on need. Instead, it intends on taking the best player available – a philosophy, Kammerer said, the team normally takes. 

“I think we’ll continue to do what we’ve done in the past," he said, "and that is go with who we feel is the best player, who we feel will have the best chance to succeed in the NBA. 

“When we took Dwyane Wade (in the 2003 NBA Draft),” he continued, “we did not need a two guard. We had Eddie Jones. We needed a point. We needed a big. That’s not the direction we took.” 

Miami currently holds one first round and three second round picks. Kammerer said during his 15-minute presser that there are currently 15 prospects that the team “likes”. He’s hoping that one of them lands to the HEAT with the 18th pick. 

If one of the 15 prospects are not available, however, then the HEAT will explore the options of taking the next best player available or trading the pick.  

“There’s been interest in our 18th pick. I don’t think there’s anything hot right now,” he said. “Usually those things take place late in the process on draft night. At that time we have to look at our board, look at the possibilities and make a decision.” 

The HEAT has a history of finding valued second round draft picks, such as Mario Chalmers, Rasual Butler, and Eddie House. Kammerer said the key to drafting late is finding players with special skills that fit your team’s needs. 

“When you’re drafting in the 40s, you’re looking for a role player,” he said. “If you can get someone that fits a need or has a certain NBA skill – great defender, great shot blocker, great shooter – that’s the player you hope to be able to draft.”  

The 2010 Miami HEAT Draft Party will be hosted at the AmericanAirlines Arena on Thursday, June 24. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free and free parking will be provided in the P2 parking garage while space is available.