With the 2019 NBA Draft coming up next month, the Miami Heat will have the 13th overall pick. 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 Zion Williamson, Ja Morant, R.J. Barrett, Cam Reddish and De’Andre Hunter. However, the Heat are looking to add another star to their talented roster. Here are five NBA Draft targets that could end up in Miami with the 13th overall pick.
PJ Washington PF (Kentucky, Sophomore)
With their last first round pick, the Miami Heat drafted Kentucky center Bam Adebayo with the 14th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. The Heat may select another Kentucky star in power forward PJ Washington. The sophomore went back to school after his freshman season and really improved his draft stock. Out of high school, PJ Washington was a McDonald’s All-American and five-star recruit out of Dallas, Texas. Washington is a good shooting PF as he averaged 15.2 PPG with a 52.2 FG%. He also improved on his three point shooting as he 42.3% from behind the three point line. On defense, Washington led the Wildcats in rebounds with 7.5 REB. PJ Washington is a tough, physical player Pat Riley likes and could be a nice fit for the Miami Heat. His NBA player comparison is 2X All-Star David West.
Nassir Little SF (North Carolina, Freshman)
Nassir Little would be a very nice get for the Miami Heat if he’s available. Out of high school, Nassir Little was a McDonald’s All-American and five-star recruit. Little was the MVP of the 2018 McDonald’s All-American Game and the 2018 Jordan Brand Classic. The freshman small forward for the North Carolina Tar Heels is one of the most talented prospects in the NBA Draft. He didn’t show it at North Carolina due to the fact that he shared the floor with two seniors. Little has a ton of upside and one of the best two-way players out of the 2019 NBA Draft. He just needs to be more consistent and improve on his three-pointers that show some promise. His NBA player comparison is former All-Star Gerald Wallace.
Rui Hachimura PF (Gonzaga, Junior)
Rui Hachimura would be a very solid selection here for the Miami Heat. The Japanese born power forward has one of the biggest upsides compared to the rest of the 2019 NBA Draft prospects. Only a three-star recruit out of high school, Rui Hachimura has turned into a very solid draft prospect that can play small and power forward. He is a jack-of-all-trades with the potential to a very good player in the NBA. Rui Hachimura has greatly improved offensively has he averaged 19.7 PPG and has a 59.1 FG%. His three-point shooting has gotten much better in his junior season as he shot 41.7% from behind the arch compared to 19.2 in 2018. At 6’8”, his wing span is 7’2”. Hachimura will need a year or two to continue to develop his game as he’s still very raw. His NBA player comparison is Orlando Magic PF Aaron Gordon.
Bol Bol C (Oregon, Freshman)
The Miami Heat would love to add another big man to the team with Hassan Whiteside. Bol Bol is one of the top freshmen and big men in the 2019 NBA Draft. Out of high school, Bol Bol was a McDonald’s All-American and five-star recruit. The Oregon center is 7’2” with a 7’8” wingspan and weighs 240 pounds. Bol Bol is the son of former NBA star center Manuel Bol. The younger Bol has a much better skillset than his father and can be a superstar in the NBA. Bol is the best rim protector in the draft as he 9.6 rebounds per game in his short collegiate career. The biggest thing to watch with Bol Bol is his health as he suffered a season-ending foot injury nine game into his collegiate career. His NBA player comparison is Dallas Mavericks All-Star Kristaps Porzingis.
Sekou Doumbouya SF/PF (France, 18 Years Old)
Sekou Doumbouya is the last NBA Draft prospect on the list is the #1 ranked international prospect in the 2019 NBA draft. The French forward is a big, strong combo forward who has a lot of upside. Doumbouya is one of the best defenders in the draft with some raw offensive skills. He can defend just about everybody on the floor with a high motor and can rebound the ball well. His defense will carry him in his NBA career but could also be a very good offensive player. He’s very good in transition and is very physical in the paint. He’s an above average three-point shooting in this stage of his basketball career. His NBA player comparison is 3X NBA All Defensive First Team forward Tony Allen. Doumbouya could develop into a player like Paul George if his offensive game develops.