The Miami Heat went into the draft with the 13th and 44th overall picks, after a night full of trades the Heat ended up with the 13th 32nd and 44th picks. The heat selected Tyler Herro out of Kentucky at 13, KZ Okpala from Stanford at 32, and Bol Bol from Oregon at 44. The heat decided to trade Bol Bol’s draft rights to the Denver Nuggets for a future 2nd round pick and cash considerations. Let’s focus on what kind of Players Herro and Okpala are.
Herro is a 6’5 wing player that can shoot from the outside and make plays for others; on the defensive end, he is a true competitor and moves his feet well. Herro’s most exciting quality is how he can score in a multitude of ways.
Herro projects to be a rotation player who can be instant offense off the bench for the Heat next season.
KZ Okpala is a 6’9 wing with a 7’2 wingspan and 37′ vertical. Okpala is uber-athletic and can get to the rim with ease. Okpala is great in transition and is a strong finisher. Okpala has a couple of weaknesses specifically his outside shot and on the defensive end, he needs to improve his shot and defense in order to be a reliable player for Erik Spoelstra. Despite his weaknesses in his game, Okpala’s measurements are too good to pass up.
KZ Okpala projects to be a 10-15 minute guy that can step in and bring energy off the bench.