2023 NBA Mock Draft: Mavericks go defense, Pistons surprise at 5
By Tyler Watts
18. Miami Heat draft Jett Howard
Howard is the son of 19-year NBA veteran and former Heat forward Juwan Howard. The elder Howard coached his son at the University of Michigan, and the 20-year-old has been around the NBA game his entire life. Juwan has done well preparing his son for what lies ahead.
Jett Howard is an outstanding shooter that shined in a pro-style offense at Michigan. He averaged 14.2 points, 2.8 assists, and 2.6 rebounds in 31.8 minutes per game while shooting 36.8 percent from 3-point range. Howard is not just a catch-and-shoot option as he thrives coming off screens and firing off movement. The 6’8 wing should be ready to make an impact immediately with the upside to be a starter and consistent role player for 15-plus years.
Howard’s defense is the biggest question mark. He struggled on and off the ball at Michigan, and it is keeping his draft stock from vaulting into the lottery.
His father finished his career with the Miami Heat, and Jett Howard could make an instant impact in Miami with room to grow. He would have to buy into “Heat Culture”, but it could be the best spot for him. The 6’8 wing will improve his defense in Miami and that should help unlock his potential.