Who Could Riley Be Targeting Tonite?

The NBA Draft is underway, but the Miami Heat won't be picking for a while.  We have the 31st overall selection, and there will be a plethora of players to choose from. 

Pat Riley will most likely look to see what Big Men are available, as the team struggled to rebound the basketball often times.  Plus, most of our frontcourt players are old and ready to retire (Big Z, Magloire, Dampier, Howard).  If the Heat pass on a PF or C, that would prove that their is alot of confidence in Dexter Pittman and Jarvis Varnardo.  I don't think PG is a big need if we intend on retaining Mario Chalmers.  Anyways, let's look at some of the possibilities.


Jon Leuer

PF/C Wisconsin.  7'0" 223 lbs.


1st team All-Big Ten last seasons in Madison.  Last season, averaged 18.3 points per game and 7.3 rebounds/

Leuer measured out a 7 feet tall, and was a reliable rebounder last season in the Big Ten.  If he can add strength and beef to his frame, he could start at Center next to Bosh.  He has excellent shooting range, a 37% 3-pt shooter last season, and would get alot of open jumpers when Wade and LeBron drive, which he would make most of them.



Andrew Goudelock

PG/SG Charleston.  6'2" 200


A sharpshooter and all-around scorer that would be a fine addition in our offense.

Goudelock scored 32.7 points per game last season, while shooting 41% from downtown.  Would be excellent in a catch-and-shoot role.  He's not big and not a great athlete so he wouldn't put the ball on the floor too often, but that's not what we need the guy to do.

Rick Jackson

PF/C Syracuse.  6'9" 245


Jackson was one of the top rebounders in the nation last season for the Orange.  He will be able to rebound in the NBA, but he's only 6'9" so he will have some trouble adjusting and won't be dominating the boards like he did in college.  I don't want him because he doesn't have alot of offense, so he's not much better than Joel Anthony


Justin Harper

6'10" 225.  PF/SF Richmond.


Harper is a long, athletic combo forward, with one of the best shooting strokes in the draft. 

I like his versatility, he could come off the bench and play either foward position.  He is a 45% 3-pt shooter, and he could definitely still hit those shots in the NBA.


Jordan Williams

PF/C Maryland.  6'9.5" 247


Williams measured in a little short at the combine, but that could be why he's available at #31.  He was a beast in the ACC last season, averaging 17 and 10 per game.  He is a solid athlete at his size, he can really run the floor.  He has good mechanics on his mid-range jumper, but it needs practice to go in more often.


Those are 5 possibilities, but you never know what Pat will do!  Should be interesting.

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