With the 2017 NBA Draft on Thursday night at 7pm, all eyes will be on UCLA’s Lonzo Ball and his father, Lavar Ball. Even though the Miami Heat don’t have a high lottery draft pick, they are in line for some of the top NBA Draft prospects in this class. The Heat won’t have a chance at top players like Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball, De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk, Josh Jackson and Jayson Tatum. However, the Heat could get a superstar that can help an already talented Miami Heat, who are looking to add superstars. Here are five NBA Draft targets that could end up in Miami at 14.
Zach Collins PF/C (Gonzaga, Freshman)
Zach Collins would be a dream pick for the Miami Heat. He is an interesting prospect that can continued to rise his draft stock, as the season continued. Zach Collins was a McDonald All-American center out of Bishop Gorman High School out of Las Vegas, Nevada. He was the fifth ranked center in the country according to ESPN. At Gonzaga, Zach Collins averaged 10 points per game, 5.9 rebounds per game and was 65.2% from the field. Collins is strong, athletic 7’0” 230 pound center. He is a versatile offensive weapon who does a little bit of everything including shooting threes. If Zach Collins is still available at 14, Pat Riley should immediately pull the trigger on Zach Collins.
Justin Jackson SF (North Carolina, Junior)
Justin Jackson is a junior that turned into one of the top basketball players in the country. He blossomed into a superstar in Roy Williams’ system. Justin Jackson was also a McDonalds All-American coming out of high school. The Texas native picked the Tar Heels over Arizona and Ohio State. He was the 8th best recruit in the country and the 2nd best small forward in the country. In his junior season at North Carolina, Justin Jackson averaged 18.3 points per game, 4.7 rebounds per game and 2.8 assists per game. Jackson was the ACC Player of the Year and was a consensus All-American. Justin Jackson is an elite scorer that plays lights out in the big games.
Donovan Mitchell SG (Louisville, Sophomore)
Donovan Mitchell wasn’t the biggest name recruit coming out of high school but he has turned into one of top prospects in the NBA Draft. Coming out of high school, Donovan Mitchell was a four-star recruit who signed with the Louisville Cardinals over the UCONN Huskies and the Florida Gators. In his sophomore season, Donovan Mitchell averaged 15.6 points per game, 4.9 rebounds per game and 2.1 steals per game. Donovan Mitchell is 6’3” and weighs 210 pounds. One of the things that jumps out at you about Donovan Mitchell is his dunking ability. He is an impressive dunker with a lot of hops and continues to work on it. He has confidence in his abilities and believes in himself and has also played against some of the best competition in college.
Jarrett Allen C (Texas, Freshman)
The Miami Heat would love to add another big man to the team with Hassan Whiteside. Jarrett Allen was a McDonalds All-American out of Austin, Texas. Jarrett Allen picked the Texas Longhorns over the Kansas Jayhawks. Out of high school, Jarrett Allen was a five-star recruit and the #1 ranked center in the country. He was also the 15th best recruit in country on the ESPN100. At Texas, Jarrett Allen averaged 13.4 points per game, 8.4 rebounds per game and 1.5 blocks per game. Jarrett Allen is 6’11” and weighs 235 pounds. He has a tremendous 7’5 ¼” wingspan, a 9’1 ½” standing reach and humongous hands. He protects the rim at a high level, runs the floor and can guard the pick and roll. Allen has soft hands for a big man and uses his length to his advantage.
Frank Ntilikina PG (France, 18 years old)
Frank Ntilikina is one of the top international prospects in the 2017 NBA Draft. The 18 year old French superstar was born in Ixelles, Belgium but moved to France at the age of three. In December 2015, Ntilikina signed a professional contract with SIG Strasbourg. In his international career, Frank Ntilikina is a two-time French League Best Young Player award in 2016 and 2017. He was also the FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship MVP in 2016. Frank Ntilikina is a 6’5” 170 pounds point guard who shows impressive strength for his size. He is an unselfish player who plays with a high basketball IQ. -Lockdown, multi-positional defender. Outstanding lateral quickness, footwork, timing, length and smarts. Good three-point and perimeter shooter. Could become a backup role and learn from Goran Dragic. He’s very young so he might need some time to learn from a top 10 point guard in the NBA.