Miami Heat have 5 extra spots on the training camp roster over the regular season’s limit of 15 to evaluate potential gems overlooked during the hype of the 2018 draft and free agency.
Hoopshype lists some undrafted players who weren’t selected for one reason or another, but may become late bloomers given the chance.
Checking in at 6’9”, 213 lbs with 7’1” wingspan, at only 21 years-of-age the Sudanese-born Gabriel, has plenty of upside to blossom in the NBA. The Sacramento Kings signed him for their squad, where he joins ex-teammate De’Aaron Fox for the Summer League games. In the video below Gabriel scored 23 points against LSU alongside a teammate of a player Heat fans might know, Bam Adebayo.
A top prospect coming out of high school, the 6’3”, 190 lbs, 19 year-old prospect lost his shooting stroke at Duke (maybe Justise Winslow could blame it on Duke).
”He only scored 10.3 points per game, shooting 42% from the field, 60% from the free throw line, and 29% from three.”
”Duval stands at an average size for an NBA point guard, but he simply can’t shoot. His shot needs to be fixed and maybe then he can make all the teams that chose to pass on him regret their decision.”
Duval, who will be on the Houston Rockets’ summer entry, can still fly down court as he leaves other players in the dust, but he isn’t a Kyrie Irving as the title of the video clip suggests.
Yet another 6’10”, 222 lb prospect, at 20 years-old Preston needs to show coaches he can play basketball at the NBA level given his physical tools. He’s on the Cleveland Cavaliers summer team.
The 22 year-old, 6’7”, 250 lb Derrickson shot an impressive 86.9% from the free throw line, which is an area the Heat could use help in next season.
The SBNation CasualHoya site quoted a scouting report on him.
”Marcus Derrickson is a tough, physical combo forward that can shoot and score the basketball, as he can knock down spot-up threes, and he can also score on off-ball motion plays. He has good strength and a solid motor, and he can make hustle plays on both ends of the floor.”
The Golden State Warriors decided to give him a tryout on their Summer League team.
These aren’t the transformative players Pat Riley counts on to bring a championship to Miami this season by any means.
They’re motivated young free agents Miami could sign for training camp to remind Heat players winning in the NBA isn’t about getting their NBA2K scores up, but developing championship habits on and off the court
The four players are samples of hopefuls from teams, other then the Heat, to show how the coaching staff will have their hands to find that 1-in-a-100 prospect who could turn out to be another Udonis Haslem.