The Miami Heat finished the 2016-2017 season in promising fashion. The team nearly made the playoffs in the Eastern Conference, even after one of the worst starts in franchise history. The Heat finished the season tied for the eight seed in the Eastern Conference but lost the tiebreaker with the Chicago Bulls. While they missed out on the playoffs, it was promising to see that the team had the talent to make it in.
Now they will look to strengthen an already strong lineup for next season. With the NBA Draft right around the corner, we will discuss options that can help the Heat become contenders next season. Today, we will talk about a talented shooting guard out of Duke, Luke Kennard.
Kennard proved to be one of the best all-around scorers in all of college basketball last season. In his sophomore campiagn, he averaged 19.5 points per game on 49 percent shooting. His best ability on the offensive end, is his ability to shoot. He shot 43.8 percent from behind the three point arc last season. His shooting ability will transfer well to the next level.
The 6-foot-6 guard showed in high school that he could score as well. In his senior season of high school, Kennard broke LeBron James’ scoring record in the state of Ohio. Yeah you heard that right, he broke the King’s high school scoring record.
He brings a long frame that can play great defense as well. Kennard proved at Duke that he can guard multiple positions, from a point guard to a small forward. The tall frame doesn’t slow him down though, as he showed by consistently beating guards off the dribble as well. Kennard can bring the Heat another scoring option that they desperately need.
The Heat’s second best scoring option last season was Hassan Whiteside. Whietside averaged 17.0 points per game last season. While he has showed he can be a reliable second scoring option, the Heat need another guard that can consistently score next to Goran Dragic. Dion Waiters also played well last year but I don’t think that they team can count on him to play that well again next season.
Look, I know that the Heat desperatley need a power forward in the draft, but I think that they can address that problem in free agency and draft Kennard with their 14th pick in the first round of the NBA Draft. From what I have seen, Kennard is a must-get prospect and if he is still available when the Heat come up to pick, they have to consider taking him. Watch for Luke Kennard to make a huge impact in his first season in the NBA.