After the Miami Heat grabbed Edrice “Bam” Adebayo in the 2017 NBA Draft, they invited undrafted London Perrantes, Zak Irvin, Matt Williams, Gian Clavell, Justin Robinson, Eric Mika, Sebastian Saiz to join their Summer League team in Orlando and/or Las Vegas.
Two years ago Bobby Marks describes how little players received at that time during summer camp in his article “The life of the non-guaranteed NBA player.”
The player’s stats are listed below in order of Win Shares(WS), generously supplied by sports-reference.com. As benchmarks, Markelle Fultz had a 3.8 WS, Lonzo Ball a 6.8 WS, Jayson Tatum a 4.1 WS, Josh Jackson a 4.9 WS, and De’Aaron Fox a 5.1 WS. Analytically-minded Shane Battier (2001 Naismith College Player of the Year) might have looked at the WS factor as the new face of player development for the Heat.
A 22 year-old 6’10”, 230 lb center from Alpine, UT, he averaged 20.3 PPG, 1.6 AST, 2.5 TO, 9.2 REB, 1.9 BLK, 76.3 FT%, 0.0% 3PT%, 30.6 PER, 5.7 WS last season. Watch Mika destroy Zach Collins in their one-on-one matchup. His TO/AST ratio is a bit high.
His fit would be more of a James Johnson than Willie Reed since at 6’10”, Mika can’t stop a Hassan Whiteside-sized player in a NBA post matchup.
He also came up with a 29 point, 11 rebound, two block performance to knock off No. 1 Gonzaga [featuring Collins].
One of Mika’s best attributes is his motor. Mika is a relentless rebounder on both ends of the floor, and is adept at drawing fouls. He was the #3 player in college basketball this past in fouls drawn per 40 minutes.
A 20 year-old 6’10”, 230 lb center from Newark, NJ, he averaged 13.0 PPG, 0.8 AST, 1.7 TO, 8.0 REB, 1.5 BLK, 65.3 FT%, 0.0% 3PT%, 22.6 PER, 5.6 WS last season.
A 22 year old 5’8”, 175 lb point guard from Kingston, NY, he averaged 19.7 PPG, 4.8 AST, 2.6 TO, 3.8 REB, 0.1 BLK, 85.6% FT%, 40.3% 3PT%, 23.3 PER, 5.4 WS in his senior year. Too short defensively, he provides a jolt when offense stalls with 20 PPG and 5 AST (makes others better).
A 6’5”, 220 lb shooting guard from Orlando, FL, he averaged 14.9 PPG, 1.9 AST, 1.8 TO, 4.3 REB, 0.0 BLK, 81.1% FT%, 38.5% 3PT%, 14.9 PER, 5.1 WS in his senior year. The streaky Williams could have role as the new man with the “golden arm” to develop outside the $99 million cap restriction.
A 23 year-old 6’8”, 231 lb power forward from Madrid, Spain, he averaged 15.1 PPG, 1.0 AST, 2.2 TO, 11.4 REB, 1.1 BLK, 74.4% FT, 28.8% 3PT%, 21.1 PER, 4.7 WS in his last year.
A 22 year-old 6’2”, 190 lb point guard from Encino, CA, he averaged 12.8 PPG, 3.9 AST, 1.6 TO, 3.1 REB, 0.1 BLK, 81.6% FT%, 38.6% 3PT%, 18.4 PER, 4.6 WS in his senior year. 247sports gave him a 0.9258 composite rating. The 0.1 BLK number signals defense issues.
A 23 year-old 6’4”, 185 lb shooting guard from Caguas, Puerto Rico, he averaged 20.4 PPG, 1.7 AST, 2.0 TO, 6.3 REB, 0.7 BLK, 69.3% FT%, 38.6% 3PT%, 23.7 PER, 4.3 WS in his last year. He played high school basketball in Miami, and his parents reside in South Florida.
A 23 year-old 6’6”, 215 lb shooting guard from Fishers, IN, he averaged 13.0 PPG, 3.0 AST, 1.9 TO, 4.5 REB, 0.1 BLK, 67.1% FT%, 34.1% 3PT%, 16.0 PER, 3.5 WS in his senior year. 247sports gave him a 0.9873 composite rating. Heat had lowest NBA FT% in first half last season.
The tweet below clears up reports that Derek Willis will be on the Heat’s Summer League roster.
Derek will be playing for the Pistons summer league team! https://t.co/ZwMD7sHDSF— k e e l y (@keelypotts_) June 23, 2017
Interesting fact from Chris Haynes, “There were 11 freshmen drafted in the lottery, the most in a single year in the Common Draft Era since 1966. Previous record was 8 in 2015.”
There were 11 freshmen drafted in the lottery, the most in a single year in the Common Draft Era since 1966. Previous record was 8 in 2015.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) June 23, 2017
He also reported a two-way deal for Luke Kornet.
Undrafted seven-footer rookie Luke Kornet out of Vanderbilt has agreed to a two-way deal with the New York Knicks, league sources tell ESPN.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) June 23, 2017
NBA Summer League 2017 begins in Orlando, FL, on the same day, July 1, as free agent signings officially commence. Along with the other participating NBA teams, Miami started the process of filling out their summer squads right after the draft results were in.