SB Nation NBA couldn't wait until the actual NBA Draft on June 25 so a representative from each team site conducted a mock draft so we could pretend to be general managers for a day.
In addition to selecting a draft prospect, we were allowed to make draft day trades as well and the Philadelphia 76ers (aka Liberty Ballers) made us a trade proposal we couldn't refuse: The No. 10 pick in exchange for the No. 13 pick plus Oklahoma City Thunder's 2016 first round pick (protected 1-15) plus a 2016 second-round pick (via Denver Nuggets) and a 2017 second round pick from the 76ers.
The prospect of restocking the Heat's collection of draft picks in exchange for trading down just three spots was an enticing idea and so Hot Hot Hoops pulled the trigger and allowed the Sixers to select Stanley Johnson and instead select versatile big man Frank Kaminsky out of Wisconsin with the No. 13 pick.
Our original explanation for the pick is as follows:
Pat Riley loves NBA-ready players and the senior will be able to fit right in and provide much-needed size as a versatile seven-footer who can knock down the outside shot. The Heat's collection of big men are only getting older and Kaminsky will improve with time on both ends of the floor. His unique skill set will add several dimensions to a potent offense in a dynamic frontcourt alongside either Chris Bosh or Hassan Whiteside.
By trading down just three spots, the Heat were able to acquire valuable draft picks either to be used as future trade pieces or to fill out the roster with cheaper players, a necessity if Pat Riley wants to resign his current starting five and lock them down for several years. The Heat's depleted collection of future draft picks after the Goran Dragic trade gets a boost with the addition of a future first round pick and a pair of second round picks.
Check out the complete SB Nation Mock Draft right here on Ridiculous Upside.
Commentary and analysis for each pick in the mock draft can be found on Sonics Rising with their specific post on Hot Hot Hoops' selection of Kaminsky here.
What do you think of the "draft day" trade and the pick of Kaminsky? Have your say here and don't forget to read our latest draft coverage, including a quick recap of what the draft pundits are predicting what the Heat will do.