NBA draft could be about who has a shot, or who can give Heat best shot

From the checklist of Miami Heat offseason needs, shooting did not appear to be one for the team that ended the regular season with a league-best .379 3-point percentage.

Then came the postseason, when only three of the 16 playoff teams were worse than the Heat’s .313 from beyond the arc.

Now, with the possibility of including Duncan Robinson’s contract in an offseason trade, it is an aspect front and center as the Heat prepare for Thursday’s NBA draft at Barclays Center.

What makes it all the more challenging is that many of the options in the range of the Heat’s No. 27 slot in the first round are listed as solid prospects with the exception of their shooting.

And for every Kawhi Leonard, who went from a 25% 3-point shooter at San Diego State to his 38.4% NBA career accuracy, most who couldn’t shoot in college rarely come around in the NBA.

That has had Adam Simon, the Heat’s vice president of basketball operations, and his scouting staff studying the stroke of potential draft additions as much as their college stats.

“That’s not always the case,” Simon said of players such as Leonard, who during one season with the Spurs shot .443 on 3-pointers after one season at San Diego State shooting .205. “So that’s a very challenging thing to discuss, even amongst us, in our own room, having to say, ‘Well, we think he can become a better shooter.’

“It’s very hard for guys to go from being below-average shooters to very good shooters.”

While Robinson and Max Strus have delivered that element to the Heat in recent seasons, it has come while weighing such contributions against certain flaws of their games.

In this year’s draft, the Heat could have to weigh the opposite, all-round games that lack quality shooting percentage, from prospects in the No. 27 …read more

Source:: The Denver Post

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