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According to Jackson, assistant general manager Adam Simon attended the workout, as did current scouts (and former assistant coaches) Bob McAdoo and Keith Askins. Johnson is expected to be drafted a little later than the Heat’s No. 13 pick. The Ringer projects him to hear his name called with the 24th pick. But he could address an issue that has emerged for Miami — a lack of great 3-point shooters.
Wayne Ellington was the Heat’s only great shooter, and he was traded in February 2019 — along with Tyler Johnson, who was a good shooter in his own right. Miami cut Rodney McGruder right before the end of the season, taking away another player who can make long-distance shots.
Johnson played four years at UNC, and he’s already 23 years old. (The last time Miami had a lottery pick, they drafted a 19-year-old Bam Adebayo.) If the Heat are looking for someone who already knows who he is — a role player who shot 45.7 percent on his 3-point attempts last season — Johnson may be the person to choose. But if the Heat want someone with a higher ceiling, they should draft someone else.
Now, Johnson isn’t a great athlete, which has likely caused his stock to fall out of the lottery picks. If this person’s ceiling is basically what Jason Kapono did for the Heat in 2006-07 — when he shot 51.4 percent from 3 and averaged 10.9 points per game — why use a lottery pick to get him?
My thoughts? The Heat can find 3-point specialists in the second round or from the undrafted prospects. In fact, Duncan Robinson, who was on a two-way contract with the Heat last year and has a standard contract next year, is supposed to develop into that type of player. I’d rather take a player who has more potential in the lottery.