The Heat ended the 2016 NBA Draft with no picks. But now Miami has a chance to add some new faces from the pile of prospects who went undrafted.
Here are five undrafted players the Heat could go after …
Prince Ibeh, Texas: The Heat love rim protectors and that’s exactly what Ibeh is. At 6-foot-11, 260 pounds with a 9-foot-4 standing reach and a 7-foot 5″ wingspan, Ibeh is a very intriguing prospect at center. He was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year after averaging 4.6 blocks per 40 minutes as a senior last season. But Ibeh needs to work on his offensive game, as he never averaged more than 4.1 points per game during his college career. The Heat have fallen in love with this type of undrafted prospect before — Joel Anthony — and it worked out well.
Dorian Finney-Smith, Florida: Talent is not the question when it comes to Finney-Smith. As the Gators’ clear leader last season, he averaged 14.7 points and 8.3 rebounds. The 6-foot-8 forward can shoot, too, making 71 3-pointers at a 36.8 percent clip last season. Consistency can be an issue for Finney-Smith at times, but he’s worth a look. The Heat have taken a chance on an undrafted forward from Florida before — Udonis Haslem — and it was one of the best decisions the franchise has ever made.
Wayne Selden, Kansas: The athleticism can’t be questioned, as the 6-foot-6, 232-pound Selden is known for his monster dunks. But Selden still struggles with other parts of his offensive game, relying too much on his athleticism at times. He put together his best college season in 2015-16, averaging 13.8 points on 47.4 percent shooting and 39.2 percent shooting from 3-point range, 3.4 rebounds, and 2.6 assists. If the rest of Selden’s game can catch up to his athleticism, he will have a long NBA career.
Jarrod Uthoff, Iowa: The Heat need shooting and that’s what Uthoff brings. The 6-foot-9 forward finished his college career ranked 19th in Iowa career scoring (1,298), fourth in blocks (177), and 10th in 3-pointers made (137). Uthoff made 38.2 percent of his 3-point shots over his college career and averaged a career-high 18.9 points per game last season. Uthoff is worth a look just based on his shooting.
Marshall Plumlee, Duke: The Heat have a history with Duke players, will it continue with Plumlee? The 7-foot center went undrafted after averaging a career-high 8.3 points and 8.6 rebounds, starting each of Duke’s 36 games last season. Plumlee shot 66.5 percent from the field over his college career, but will have to work on his free throws (55.5 percent).