Analyzing options projected for the Heat at No. 27 in Thursday’s NBA draft, with the cases for 10 who could be the one

There is no definitive No. 27 on the Miami Heat draft board at FTX Arena.

Oh, there are players the team would like to see at their No. 27 spot, with some currently ranked higher by their projection, others possibly lower by others.

But, mostly, No. 27 is a waiting game even for the league’s wisest guys.

But that hasn’t stopped the forecasting.

So who’s No. 27? Or, more to the point, who might be No. 27 if the Heat keep the pick in Thursday’s NBA draft at Barclays Center? Several projections offer intriguing case studies.

So where some of the mock drafts have the Heat going, with our analysis on those prospects.

Kennedy Chandler, guard, Tennessee (No. 27 currently in mock drafts by The Athletic, The Ringer, Stadium, NBADraftNet).

At 5-11 1/2, an undersized point guard who makes up for a lack of size with his speed and explosiveness off the dribble.

In his lone season at Tennessee, the 19-year-old averaged 13.8 points on .383 3-point shooting. He is a willing passer, with twice as many assists as turnovers.

If able to add muscle to his frame, a Heat specialty, he could emerge at least as a quality NBA backup.

With two more years remaining on Kyle Lowry’s deal, this could wind up as a direction worth exploration.

Dalen Terry, guard, Arizona (ESPN, USA Today).

The 19-year-old sophomore is somewhat of a prototypical 3-and-D player who has showcased more of an aptitude for the defensive part of that equation than the 3-point shooting.

At 6-7 with a wingspan of 7 feet, Terry could prove capable of defending point guards through power forwards, therefore meshing with Erik Spoelstra’s preference for position-less lineups.

Tasked with playing point guard at times, he proved more effective as a true wing. While he knocked down .365 of his 3-pointers this past season, he did it on just under …read more

Source:: The Denver Post

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