But the option of trading should also be considered, especially because Pat Riley doesn't have a history of drafting the right guy but is gifted when it comes to trading for the right guy.
First off let's look at who's been drafted at #10 over the past fifteen years:
Now the purpose of that table was to see how the careers of those fifteen players went. Were there any stars? That would be Joe Johnson, Brook Lopez, Paul George, and Elfrid Payton certainly has the potential to become one. I'll add in Brandon Jennings because of his stats while he was on the Milwaukee Bucks. So there's five.
Now let's look at role players. The ones who provide offense either off the bench or is the X-Factor in the starting lineup. That would be Caron Butler, Keyon Dooling, Andrew Bynum, Spencer Hawes and Austin Rivers. So there's another five.
That's five starting stars, five role players, and the last five didn't pan out to be successful in the NBA. Miami needs a star who can start. One who can potentially receive the torch from Dwyane Wade.
In today's NBA, who would be the kind of player that best fits the Heat's need? According to Joe Goodman of the Miami Herald, they need Klay Thompson.
Goodman explained: "With its No. 10 pick in the draft, the Heat wants three things: a defender who can guard an opposing team’s best perimeter player, a shooting threat who can stretch the floor and make space in the lane for paint attacks by Dwyane Wade and Goran Dragic, and, finally, a player who moves the ball with ease in coach Erik Spoelstra’s offense and creates plays for others."
Watch how Thompson is playing in the Western Conference Finals. On one end he's sticking to James Harden like white on rice and on the other end, he's the the secondary offensive weapon behind Stephen Curry. Thompson was also selected #11 in the 2011 NBA Draft, so it's not like a player like him doesn't exist at the spot Miami is in.
"Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry, they're everything," said Riley after the end of the Heat's season. "They're the most complete backcourt in the league. Not only are they ball handlers, catch-and-shoot players, playmakers, but they're both the main long distance weapon for that team. While we felt we had enough maybe on the perimeter, that might be an area where we look but I don't want a one-dimensional guy."
Maybe it's the motor of Stanley Johnson. It could be the potential of Kelly Oubre. It might even be the raw ability of Mario Hezonja from Spain. The bottom line is that Miami HAS to draft the right star. Not the player who is lost on defense and can only give you a few points on offense (Michael Beasley) or the guy that waves the towels at the end of the bench (Beasley again).
Bottom line: Riley needs to find a special player such as Klay Thompson, but will he?