We've talked a lot about who the Miami Heat will select with the 10th pick in the 2015 NBA Draft this Thursday. But we haven't talked a lot about who or what they will do with their second round pick, the 40th overall selection in the Draft.
Here we are going to look at the top 5 home runs for the Heat. But, I will preface it with this: how the Heat's roster fleshes out, it's likely that the Heat trade away their second round pick. We aren't sure what the Heat will do with Michael Beasley, Tyler Johnson, Henry Walker and others, so keeping a #40 pick might not give them the flexibility they like in signing free agents.
But, if they decide to keep their pick, there may be some very intriguing prospects that could help the bench. Here's the top 5 best players available in that range for the Heat.
Dakari Johnson (7'0 Center from Kentucky)
Johnson is a long athletic big that could be a energizer off the bench. In the wake of the idea that Chris Andersen could be on his way out, Johnson could be a great addition. He only averaged 6.4 PPG and 4.6 RPG last year at Kentucky behind Karl-Anthony Towns, but he has some potential.
Pat Connaughton (6'5 Shooting Guard from Notre Dame)
Depending on what the Heat do with their first pick, Connaughton could be a valuable pick-up. If Miami goes big with Myles Turner or Frank Kaminsky, Pat should be looked at. He's a great scorer and rebounder for his size. He can shoot the ball is a better athlete than you think. He will have to work for everything, but he is ready.
J.P Tokoto (6'6 Shooting Guard from North Carolina)
Pure athlete with supreme defensive skills. Tokoto needs plenty of work on the offensive end in the NBA. But I think with Goran Dragic dominating the ball, he could fill in on the break and do great. Out of the 5, he's the least ideal, but could be a great find for the team.
Rakeem Christmas (6'10 Power Forward from Syracuse)
Rakeem is just a raw defensive talent that also finds baskets around the rim. He had a successful 17.5 PPG and 9 RPG season last year. He'll likely go before the Heat select at #40, but Christmas would be a great combo of enough offense and defense to get some playing time. He's thin, at only 243 lbs. but some time with Alonzo with help.
Andrew Harrison (6'6 Point Guard from Kentucky)
Falling pretty late in the draft wasn't the plan for him, but Andrew has great basketball instincts. Although he played point at Kentucy, Harrison could easily play some shooting guard for Heat off the bench. If Mario Chalmers is dealt, Harrison could be the shooting guard with the ball in his hands in the second unit. He has some range shooting, although it could be improved. Harrison could find himself as a really good pro if he fits in well.
The second round is such a long shot to predict. We don't know who will be there or not, and what the Heat will do with the pick. But, Riley has found some gems in the past and we will wait and see.
The NBA Draft is this Thursday, June 25.