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Miami Heat: Grades, Thoughts after the Draft

Posted on: June 27, 2008 1:21 pm
Edited on: June 27, 2008 2:11 pm
 
After looking at the two players Miami got through yesterday's draft, I am actually quite thrilled.

Michael Beasley, PF, KSU:

I've decided to give Beasley a chance, although he was not the guy I wanted to see on the Heat originally. However, I think a young rebounder/scorer can really help us. With improvement on his defense, I think he can make some noise, especially being mentored by Shawn Marion, a similar player that can help Beasley tremendously with his defense. I love Beasley's rebounding skills, I cannot deny that. I also love his ability to score. If he improves his work ethic and defense, I think he can prove some doubters such as myself, wrong.

Grade: A

Mario Chalmers, PG, KU:

This trade was a very good one. We needed a defensive point guard, and we got one. I think there is a very good chance that Chalmers begins the season as a starter. There are lots of things Chalmers needs to work on, but some things I like about him are his clutch play, his lockdown defense, his ability to steal the ball, and just pressure the opponents. He is small no doubt, but that won't make me regret this trade to land Chalmers. Also, it doesn't hurt that Chalmers was my favorite Kansas Jayhawk!!!

Grade: A+

After the Philadelphia Eagles blew their draft, this draft was definitely a breath of fresh air. Next year's team will be very dangerous if both Beasley and Chalmers play up to their potential. There is a very high chance now that Haslem goes, but to where, I do not know... unless we choose to keep him and play him at center, which could possibly work, although Haslem is a true PF.

Miami Heat Depth Chart

Point Guards

Mario Chalmers
Chris Quinn
Marcus Banks

Harst's Thoughts: Solid group of young guys that all have tremendous upside. Quinn was impressive late last season, Banks has a lot of potential, and of course Chalmers is great defensively, and very clutch as well. Underrated group here that will make some noise.
Grade: A

Shooting Guards

Dwyane Wade
Daequan Cook

Harst's Thoughts: Dwyane Wade is of course the leader of the team, but injury-prone. Cook has shown he is a capable backup. I think Cook can be a great role player in this league.
Grade: B+

Small Forwards

Shawn Marion
Ricky Davis
Dorell Wright

Harst's Thoughts: Shawn Marion is the only player in this group that can do anything, but if needed, Davis is not half bad, although he needs to do more than just score. I'm not Wright's biggest fan, let's leave it at that. 
Grade: B

Power Forwards

Udonis Haslem
Michael Beasley
Mark Blount

Harst's Thoughts: I love this group, although it will probably look different soon. Haslem is very good on both sides of the ball, Beasley is a monster on the boards and on offense, and Blount is not as bad as people make him seem. He can actually shoot the ball when called upon.
Grade: A+

Centers

Earl Barron
Alonzo Mourning

Harst's Thoughts: Zo is not the Zo of his prime, and Earl Barron isn't good for much more than 5 points and 5 boards...
Grade: F

Recap:

I truly think the Heat could make some noise with the pieces we have set in place right now. Other than center, I think we have strong depth at every position. An upgrade at center could really mean possible playoff contenders for the Heat next season.

Let's go HEAT!
Comments

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: July 1, 2008 4:47 pm
 

Miami Heat: Grades, Thoughts after the Draft

I gotta go with Harst... having Beasley was the best move (especially after getting Chalmers) That was great.  I can't believe they got him.  That is as important as them taking Beasley over Mayo or whoever.  Chalmers was a 1st round pick but the needs of teams let him drop... (thankfully the Knicks did not pick PG) and that let other PG's slide and then other teams picked on need/skill and that let him slide.  And the only thing I think that is off is that I think Marion will play more PF then Beasley until Beasley can play some defense... Marion knows how to defend well enough to hold the fort against PF's and PF's aren't giant now days either with Marion he can do it and Beasley can score along side Wade and Chalmers will make an impact I am banking.  Marion will be the rebounding, blocking, defensive third threat they need to put them in the playoffs.  I think it depends on how good Beasley and especially Chalmers does (especially if Beasley is a legit scorer his first year as the second man) I think he can.  This team can go far with a defensive first front court in Zo and Marion.  If Zo can log around 25 minutes. 



Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: June 30, 2008 4:37 pm
 

Miami Heat: Grades, Thoughts after the Draft

The Center position concerns me.  When the Heat go up against Orlando, I want someone in the middle who can made Dwight Howard work hard.Agreed. I think we have some guys who can be traded, and that needs to happen for us to have a shot. Also, guys like Chris Bosh, Kevin Garnett, and Rasheed Wallace will have scorefests against us.



Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: June 30, 2008 4:35 pm
 

Miami Heat: Grades, Thoughts after the Draft

I love Rose, but I think Beasley will help us more than Rose would.I doubt it, but I think in the long run we will be successful if Chalmers fullfills expectations.



Since: Oct 17, 2006
Posted on: June 30, 2008 3:41 pm
 

Miami Heat: Grades, Thoughts after the Draft

I was actually happy that the Bulls picked Rose instead of Beasley and I'm even happier that the Heat got a decent PG in Chalmers. I love Rose, but I think Beasley will help us more than Rose would.



Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: June 28, 2008 3:47 pm
 

Miami Heat: Grades, Thoughts after the Draft

Haslem (with minutes at PF too) / Blount / Barron
Marion
Beasley
Wade / Cook
Quinn / Chalmers / Banks
Unless Haslem grows a couple of inches, he needs to stay at PF. Also, Marion shouldn't be playing PF, because he will struggle there. Beasley at PF and Marion at SF is much better.

Also what's happening with Jason Williams?Dunno, but I want to get rid of him fast.



Since: Jan 2, 2008
Posted on: June 27, 2008 5:16 pm
 

Miami Heat: Grades, Thoughts after the Draft

We have a couple of trade pieces...you need to get yourself a solid center before anyone will be saying EC semis.

Dwight Howard, for example, will have a field day against your centers...

I thought your lineup could look like this...

Haslem (with minutes at PF too) / Blount / Barron
Marion
Beasley
Wade / Cook
Quinn / Chalmers / Banks

Also what's happening with Jason Williams? Sign and trade would be good?



Since: Mar 11, 2008
Posted on: June 27, 2008 4:54 pm
 

Miami Heat: Grades, Thoughts after the Draft

I was happy and relieved that the Heat picked Michael Beasley.  I was worried that they would overanalyze him and talk themselves into O.J. Mayo.  From what I saw of Beasley in college, he is an explosive player.  He entered college and dominated right away, and he will have an immediate impact.  There will be some growing pains, but the talent is there.  Once he adjusts to the pro game, he will be a star.

I fell asleep during the 1st round, but woke up in the middle of the night and went online to see what transpired.  I was excited to see that they acquired Chalmers.  He was the PG on a great college team, and he can 'D up'.....I also noticed how well Chris Quinn was playing in the second half of last season, so I think they have the talent in the backcourt. 

The Center position concerns me.  When the Heat go up against Orlando, I want someone in the middle who can made Dwight Howard work hard.

It will be nice to see what Wade, Marion, Beasley and Chalmers/Banks/Quinn can do together.



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