18. Miami Heat draft Kobe Bufkin
Bufkin played just 10.6 minutes per game during his freshman season at Michigan, but the 6’4 guard broke out in year two. He is even drawing some lottery buzz after averaging 14.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.9 assists, and 1.3 steals in 34.0 minutes per game. The 19-year-old shot 48.2 percent from the field, 35.5 percent on his threes, and 84.9 percent from the free throw line.
Bufkin feels like the perfect glue player that the Heat gravitate towards. He does not have one elite skill, but the 6’4 guard does a bit of everything. He can handle the ball, make plays, shoot, finish around the rim, and run pick and rolls. Bufkin is going to do whatever his team needs.
He will need some time to develop, but Kobe Bufkin feels like he could be an impactful role player for a decade-plus in Miami. He may never become an All-Star but should provide solid and steady production.
Gabe Vincent is an unrestricted free agent this summer, and Kyle Lowry is entering the final year of his contract, which could create a need in the backcourt for the Heat. Miami may look to fill it with this pick, and Bufkin offers a strong blend of skills that should help him be impactful.