2023 NBA Mock Draft: Mavericks land difference-maker, Victor Wembanyama heads East
By Tyler Watts
18. Miami Heat draft Leonard Miller
The Heat have just eight players with guaranteed contracts on their roster heading into next season, and Miami could look to change things up a bit. Fans know Pat Riley is always going to be chasing that next star. They may even do it in this draft by taking a shot on a high-upside prospect.
Miller averaged 18.0 points, 11.0 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.9 steals, and 0.9 blocks in 30.6 minutes per game this season for the G League Ignite. Those are monster numbers from a 6’10 teenage forward that is playing against professional players.
The 6’10 big man needs to work on his jumper and defense. He has a 7’2 wingspan and his defensive potential is immense, but he struggles to make the right plays and is not always locked in. Miller shot just 32.7 percent from 3-point range this season. If he becomes even a league-average shooter, that would do wonders for his ceiling.
The Heat are one of the best in the league at developing talent, which bodes well for whoever lands in Miami. If Leonard Miller can improve his shooting and defense, he could be a force in the NBA with All-Star potential. Consider the teenager a project that will likely dominate the G League next season.