7-foot-2 Oregon center Bol Bol — the son of former NBA player Manute Bol — is projected to be drafted somewhere around the Miami Heat’s No. 13 pick. The Ringer’s mock draft currently has him slotted at No. 12.
That’s partly why he may be available for the Heat at No. 13. And the South Florida Sun-Sentinel’s Ira Winderman said that the Heat have “legitimate intrigue” in Bol.
Does that make sense? Didn’t the Heat use their last lottery pick in 2017 for Bam Adebayo, who relegated Hassan Whiteside to a backup in just his second NBA season? And Bol is coming off a foot injury; who knows how good he will be?
Now, Bol has a more developed offensive game than Adebayo does. He already has a jump shot and moves well with the ball in his hands.
Bol’s foot injury is a legitimate concern. Joel Embiid’s broken navicular bone in his right foot delayed his NBA debut two seasons after he was drafted. Embiid has turned out to be a great player, but who knows how Bol’s NBA career will shake out?
Of course, Pat Riley has a well-known interest in centers. Shortly after joining the Heat in 1995, Riley executed a trade to make Alonzo Mourning the franchise cornerstone. He considered taking Chris Kaman over Dwyane Wade in the 2003 NBA Draft. Riley traded Lamar Odom and Caron Butler for a past-his-prime Shaquille O’Neal in 2004. Hell, he even gave Whiteside a four-year, $98 million contract in 2016.
In my view, the Heat already have their center of the future in Adebayo. They should draft a wing player who can develop into a solid 3-and-D guy like Nassir Little from UNC or Kevin Porter Jr. from USC.