On Thursday night there was no first round hype for the Miami Heat as they traded away their 18th overall pick (along with Daequan Cook) to the Oklahoma City Thunder just a night before the draft. However, they had plenty of second rounders to stock up with (four to be exact), and they are as follows:
32nd Overall Pick: Dexter Pittman, C, Texas
Height - 6'11
Weight - 303 lbs.
Wingspan - 7'6
41st Overall Pick: Jarvis Varnado, PF, Mississippi State
Height - 6'10
Weight - 210 lbs.
Wingspan - 7'3
42nd Overall Pick: Da'Sean Butler, SF, West Virginia
Height - 6'7
Weight - 230 lbs.
Wingspan - N/A
- All three Heat draftees played in their respective colleges for the entire four-year limit, hinting at a common strand of experience and maturity amongst Miami's newest rookies.
- In general, Miami went after size and athleticism with their draft picks, something that can help their team regardless of the other moves they make this offseason.
- The primary offseason goal of the Heat, which was to maximize cap space and avoid adding guaranteed contracts, was preserved in this draft. Currently, Miami has $43 million worth of free cap space, which is the highest among all NBA teams. That number could increase if they dump anymore contracts this offseason (e.g. Michael Beasley and James Jones).