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NBA Draft by age: Miami Heat select tenth youngest player with Tyler Herro

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The Heat look to morph into NBA orcas as Pat Riley colorfully describes his next iteration of players.

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The Miami Heat selected the tenth youngest first-round player in the 2019 NBA Draft in a quest to regain its contender status.

Below are first-round picks listed by Date Of Birth (DOB)

PLAYER ~~ DOB

  1. Sekou Doumbouya ~~ 2000-12-23
  2. Zion Williamson ~~ 2000-07-06
  3. RJ Barrett ~~ 2000-06-14
  4. Darius Bazley ~~ 2000-06-12
  5. Jaxson Hayes ~~ 2000-05-23
  6. Kevin Porter Jr. ~~ 2000-05-04
  7. Coby White ~~ 2000-02-16
  8. Nassir Little ~~ 2000-02-11
  9. Darius Garland ~~ 2000-01-26
  10. Tyler Herro ~~ 2000-01-20
  11. Luka Samanic ~~ 2000-01-09
  12. Romeo Langford ~~ 1999-10-25
  13. Keldon Johnson ~~ 1999-10-11
  14. Cam Reddish ~~ 1999-09-01
  15. Ja Morant ~~ 1999-08-10
  16. Goga Bitadze ~~ 1999-07-20
  17. Jordan Poole ~~ 1999-06-19
  18. Jarrett Culver ~~ 1999-02-20
  19. Grant Williams ~~ 1998-11-30
  20. Nickeil Alexander-Walker ~~ 1998-09-02
  21. PJ Washington ~~ 1998-08-23
  22. Chuma Okeke ~~ 1998-08-18
  23. Rui Hachimura ~~ 1998-02-08
  24. De’Andre Hunter ~~ 1997-12-02
  25. Mfiondu Kabengele ~~ 1997-08-14
  26. Ty Jerome ~~ 1997-07-08
  27. Matisse Thybulle ~~ 1997-03-04
  28. Dylan Windler ~~ 1996-09-22
  29. Brandon Clarke ~~ 1996-09-19
  30. Cameron Johnson ~~ 1996-03-03

While KZ Okpala would come in at the 18th spot on that list, several other second-round picks would also be among the youngest 20.

Is 25 the magic age youth disappears in the NBA?

Since both ESPN and Bleacherreport have “25 under 25” lists, they both imply that once a NBA player turns 25 years of age he’s no longer considered a young prospect, but an established veteran.

With that age in mind, which men currently on Miami’s roster will still be under 25 once the season starts?

  1. 2000–01-20 ~~ Tyler Herro
  2. 1999-04-28 ~~ KZ Okpala
  3. 1997-07-18 ~~ Bam Adebayo
  4. 1997-02-15 ~~ Derrick Jones Jr.
  5. 1996-08-14 ~~ Yante Maten
  6. 1996-03-26 ~~ Justise Winslow
  7. 1995-08-03 ~~ Kendrick Nunn

Strange as it seems both Adebayo and Jones Jr. are both about 3 years older than Herro, and 2 years senior to Okpala.

What to make out of the youngster list?

At 6’6” and 195 lb Herro still has room to fill out physically by age 21, when he could be a 210 lb physical specimen if he converts some of his body fat (7.1%) to muscle.

At 6’10” and 210 lb Okpala has a different objective due to his low body fat (4.6%): build up his frame to become the elite small forward, weighing 225 lbs or thereabouts, that Miami needs.

Transition from school to professional lifestyle

Before joining the Heat organization the draftees technically were amateurs working with limited resources at their disposal, but this summer will be their first where they’ll have professional guidance on nutrition, strength and weight training.

July, August and September will bring an entirely different experience to them away from school and people who previously had interests outside the demands being a professional athlete entails.

Make no mistake about it, changing lifelong habits is never easy.

The new surroundings hopefully will bring a new maturity about their responsibilities to the people of South Florida and loyal Heat fans.

More changes as free agency and summer league begins

The cohort above may have some additions next month as free agents in Summer League could show promise enough earn a spot in training camp where 20 players battle for the 15 spots on the roster.

The newest additions will join the orcas currently who are busy at work defending their own territory to make next season one of redemption in Miami.

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