Stanley Johnson, Devin Booker, Frank Kaminsky, Kelly Oubre, Myles Turner, the lists went on and on about who the Miami Heat would and should select in the 2015 NBA Draft. But when it came down to it, they got extremely lucky and picked Justise Winslow with the tenth pick.
No one thought Justise Winslow would be available this late in the draft. He fell from around #5 to Miami at #10. Winslow is a 19 year old, 6'7, 222 lbs. small forward from Duke. This is exciting because Winslow is a young James Harden, and he plays defense. He is tremendous at getting to the basket and he can shoot the ball well, though he can get better.
This is a home run selection for the Miami Heat. They couldn't have been more fortunate to get a pick like Winslow. He's got a huge upside, and a winner's mentality. It makes Luol Deng a bit more expendible if he chooses to leave, and it gives the Heat a potential great wing scorer alongside Dwyane Wade.
Winslow can also back-up Wade at shooting guard. I personally think he is going to be a star, and I have thought it from day one. Winslow has the skills to be a star and alongside a talented roster like Miami's, he should do just fine in his first year, although he is young. Last year at Duke, he averaged 12.6 PPG, 6.5 RPG, and 2.1 APG.
He's a great rebounder for his size. I can go on and on. It's just a flat out great pick for the Heat. You should be excited. So many people had Winslow slotted in the top 5, but he slid down and Miami took him. He didn't even work out for the Heat because they didn't think it was a reality.
We've got another left hander joining the lineup!
We will have much more insight into Winslow very soon!