The Miami Heat are up next at 28th overall, and with their pick, they select Marquette’s Justin Lewis.
In the first version of our mock draft, we had the heat selecting Michigan’s Moussa Diabate, but if the Heat are looking for a player that can contribute sooner rather than later (particularly on offense), then Lewis is likely the better choice for them.
Markieff Morris’ contract with the Heat ends after this season and PJ Tucker has a player option on the last season of his contract. If the Heat loses one or both players and doesn’t think they’ll have much luck in the free-agent market, the team may want to consider taking to the draft for a player that can hit some threes, grab rebounds, and play good defense.
While he still has some improvements to make, Lewis feels like a player that could end up being a steal one or two years down the line. Standing at 6’7” and 235 pounds, Lewis is a big-bodied hybrid forward that made drastic improvements to his jump shot this past year, has good lower body strength that will serve him well on both ends of the floor, and has a good frame to continue getting stronger.