The Miami Heat had one of the most up and down seasons last year, starting the season 11-30. They were one of the best teams in basketball in the second half of the season, finishing the season 30-11 in their final 41 games to finish with an even 41-41 record. Down the stretch, the Heat showed potential to be one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference, but in order to work off of that, they will need to fill some needs for the upcoming 2017-18 season. With the NBA Draft a little over a week away, it is time to look at some players that could fit with the Heat. Today, we will look at Ike Anigbogu, a terrific power forward out of UCLA.
In his freshman campaign at UCLA, Anigbogu proved to NBA scouts, that he had the potential to be a terrific big man in the NBA. At 6’10”, 250 pounds, Anigbogu possesses a 7’6” wingspan and a 32.5 inch vertical. According to CBS Sports, he is projected to be a mid-1st to last-1st round selection. On Draft Express, he is ranked as the 17th best prospect in the draft.
In just 13 minutes per game last season, Anigbogu averaged 4.7 points and 4.0 rebounds per game. He shot efficiently from the field, shooting 56.4 percent, while struggling at the line, shooting 53.5 percent. He was great on the defensive end as well, averaging 1.2 blocks per game.
Anigbogu could create quite the 1-2 punch with Heat star Hassan Whiteside. Both provide a terrific presence at the rim and have the potential to be great offensive players. With Anigbogu’s potential to play at the power forward position, he could play on the floor at the same time as Whiteside.
The Heat have the potential, with Whiteside, to be one of the best defensive teams in the Eastern Conference if they find the right fit at power forward. Anigbogu could be an intruiging project for the Heat but as you look down the road, he could be quite the two-way player.
There is a ton of different directions that Miami can go with with their 14th pick in the first round. The position I believe they should target at power forward. If they want to be contenders in the Eastern Conference, Luke Babbit can not be the team’s starting power forward next season.
With Anigbogu in mind, who do you think the Heat should draft at No. 14? Comment below!