We took a guy.
We traded that guy for another guy, and a guy in the future.
We took another guy.
We traded that guy too, for a guy in the future.
With the 20th pick, the Heat selected Jason Smith from Colorado State. But amidst the applause of fans at the arena for a good, solid pick, it was announced that the Heat were trading Smith all the way down to 21. In return, the Heat got OSU freshman SG Daequan Cook, selected by the 76ers at 21, as well as the Sixers 2009 2nd round pick, and some cash.
Cook was the 6th man of the year in the Big 10, but didn't make a gigantic impact. He's definitely another project to add to Wright and Simien. Boy, Erick Spolestra could have a good, young core in 2-3 years.
So on to round two. Taurean Green was available, but the Heat decided to go with another foreign project, taking Stanko Barac at number 39. Seriously? A basketball player named Stanko? Deciding that name was decidedly too silly, the Heat traded his rights to the Pacers, taking their 2009 2nd round pick as well.
So in the end, we have a 6th man that played one year at Ohio State and only started 1 game, some cash, and we now have three 2nd round picks in 2 years. It's almost a sure thing that Erick Spolestra will be MAKING those selections, though they do make good trade bait. If the Heat wants to trade into the lottery, their first and TWO second round picks can be very tempting, AND they'd still have one 2nd rounder for themselves.
If you're looking for a letter grade for the Heat in this draft...you won't get one. Why? Because it's plainly clear that the Heat don't care about the draft. The Heat are 100% focused on free agency, and only took anyone because they were forced too. The Heat took a guy they could sign easy and on the cheap and are saving a ton of cash for free agency. And by making sure those traded for picks were in 2009, they save the cash next year too. We won't be able to judge next season based on the draft, but on free agency.
But if there's a college guy the Heat should look at, it's Lee Humphrey. If we lose Jason Kapono to free agency, the Heat will need a shooter like Humphrey. He's a senior, so he's got experience and some leadership, and his shot is wicked accurate. Take a look, Riles, take a look.
And on a completely college-based alma-mater-ish side note, big ups to my Florida Gators, who were the first school EVER to have three players taken in the Top Ten, and only the 2nd to have 3 taken in the top 15.