Planning Out The 2024 Draft For The Miami Heat

June 15th, 2024

by Alan Lu

After a Cinderella run to the NBA Finals last year in 2023, this season didn’t quite work out as well for the Heat as expected, as they ended up losing in the first round this year to Boston. Their head honcho Pat Riley didn’t appreciate Jimmy Butler’s comments about Boston after their playoff series loss, even if Butler was joking and trolling, and as the Celtics are steamrolling past Dallas in the 2024 NBA Finals right now, the Miami Heat may be left wondering where their franchise may be headed in the future, even if they plan to keep Butler and their team mostly intact for the foreseeable future. Even more worrisome, while Pat Riley is saying that they’ll keep Butler, whom has been one of the best players in the league when healthy, their fanbase has to be concerned about a possible rift that may be brewing between them in Miami for next season.

I’m not sure the emo look was the Heat Culture look that Pat Riley had in mind, but Heat’s superstar forward Jimmy Butler brought forth a fashionable, iconic look that had people buzzing this year. (Photo: Sam Navarro/Getty Images, via CNN)

They missed out on an opportunity to add more firepower to the mix by not being able to land Damian Lillard in a trade in the offseason, especially when Tyler Herro didn’t even play in Game 5 of the NBA Finals despite being cleared to play, and the Heat struggled to score consistently on offense all season.

On one hand, maybe Miami overachieved last year, so their expectations for this season were too high and maybe even a bit unreasonable perhaps. On the other hand, they still only wound up with the eighth seed this year, and despite losing to a very talented Boston team that looks poised to win it all and even though Butler was injured, Miami still had a relatively disappointing season this year. On top of that, while the Heat’s NBA Finals runs this decade have been very good for them and they have built up a solid Heat Culture under Pat Riley, their head coach Erik Spoelstra and their superstar forward Jimmy Butler, their star player will turn 35 before the start of the 2024-25 NBA season, and their window of opportunity to win a title is closing if it hasn’t already. In the meantime though, since they plan on keeping their team intact, their moves will be to continue to build their team around Butler and their star center Bam Adebayo, who was named to the All-Defensive First Team this past year.

They traded away Kyle Lowry to get Terry Rozier in a move to get younger and more athletic, and while Rozier is a fairly solid point guard himself, it didn’t seem to add any more wins for the Heat. While it may be a move that makes more sense for the longer haul, it didn’t appear to be a needle moving trade this season. The Heat also could look to improve their depth as they lost Max Strus in free agency to Cleveland, and it showed as they couldn’t compete against Boston (except for one game) in the first round of this year’s playoffs.

So here is what I did for the Miami Heat in the 2024 ESPN NBA Mock Draft Simulator.

Test Simulation #1:

A mock draft board for the Miami Heat.   Image courtesy of Fanspo.
A mock draft board for the Miami Heat. Image courtesy of ESPN Analytics.

Test Simulation #2:

A mock draft board for the Miami Heat. Second test simulation. Image courtesy of Fanspo.
A mock draft board for the Miami Heat. Second test simulation. Image courtesy of ESPN Analytics.

Test Simulation #3:

A mock draft board for the Miami Heat. Third test simulation. Image courtesy of Fanspo.
A mock draft board for the Miami Heat. Third test simulation. Image courtesy of ESPN Analytics.

Devin Carter would be the tough, pesky point guard that defends well, would provide ball movement, and he would generally fit in to the Heat Culture and their style of play. If Carter is not there or if they were to go with other options, Kyle Filipowski, Kel’el Ware, Isaiah Collier, and Jared McCain would be some solid options there at that spot.

Justin Edwards and Cam Christie are athletic swingmen that would project well into a 3 and D role. Harrison Ingram is a strong, mobile combo forward that has shown an improved jump shot and is a strong playmaker that could slot into any NBA team. Adem Bona also would be an Intriguing option at 43, as he is a very athletic, energetic big man that can provide rim protection and has upside, but will need to continue to refine his offensive skills. Anyways, the 2024 NBA Draft will be held on June 26 and 27. Thanks for reading.

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