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Miami Heat Getting Inside 2009-06-28


Miami Heat Getting Inside 2009-06-28
The Heat only took a pair of second-round picks in the draft -- Nos. 43 and 60 -- so it wasn't as if Miami was necessarily looking for immediate help.

Miami acquired the draft rights to guard Patrick Beverley, selected by the Los Angeles Lakers at No. 42. Beverley, 6-foot-1, played at Arkansas as a junior and played in a Ukrainian league last season. He'll be in an unsettled backup point guard picture along with veteran Chris Quinn and incumbent starter Mario Chalmers.

Miami drafted Memphis forward Robert Dozier with the 60th and final pick of the draft. Dozier, who is 6-9 and played power forward in college, will be viewed as a small forward for the Heat. There's a chance Dozier plays in Europe next season.

The Heat traded the 43rd pick, guard Marcus Thornton of LSU, to New Orleans for a pair of second-rounders -- one in 2010 and one in 2012.

Heat president Pat Riley seemed optimistic about the draft.

"We went after very quick, very athletic, very long players at those two spots and we felt we achieved those objectives," Riley said.

Before the draft, Riley wasn't optimistic about the Heat's chances of moving up into the first round, and that feeling turned out to be well-founded.

"We were very active throughout the late teens up until the late 20s, and then again very active in the early 30s," Riley said. "We just felt we had to give up too much."

Most likely neither Beverley nor Dozier is on the Heat's opening night roster, but both will get a fair look. After all, few things thrill Riley more than a diamond in the rough such as forward Udonis Haslem, who was undrafted out of Florida and has become a team captain.

The Heat could use a scrappy backup point guard, which is Beverley's strength, and it could use a lengthy, physical small forward, which is Dozier's strength. Miami's current crop of small forwards -- James Jones, Yakhouba Diawara, Dorell Wright -- are more finesse players.

However, considering Miami's goal for the coming season is to advance past the first round of the playoffs, and many teams in the East improved themselves through trades, the Heat will likely look to low-priced veterans to fill its needs.


Author: Fox Sports
Author's Website: http://www.foxsports.com
Added: June 28, 2009

 

 
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