The Miami Heat are still reeling from their humiliating NBA Finals defeat to the San Antonio Spurs.
But, with just seven days to go until the 2014 Draft, they will have to steady themselves soon in order to address the issues that became apparent as the Spurs cruised to a 4-1 series win.
With just three players officially confirmed to return to the franchise at present next season (Norris Cole, Justin Hamilton, and Chris Andersen) they have the chance to rebuild. And of course the Draft is an ideal place to do that.
Bringing in Winners
The Miami Heat have the no.26 pick June 26 so will of course miss out on the premium talent, but with such a deep draft class this year they can still pick up a player ready to play as soon as he signs that pro contract.
That player is former UConn Huskies point guard Shabazz Napier.
Coming off the back of an NCAA Championship winning year with his school, Napier has the credentials and has shown that he is a very capable playing in his four years of college basketball.
More to the point, drafting Napier in the first round will be a more than adequate replacement for Mario Chalmers who looks set for free agency after several successful years with the franchise.
After Chalmers struggled in the postseason it looks unlikely that he will return and this may prove a blessing in disguise for Heat fans.
Napier a natural
Norris Cole, at present, is the Miami Heat's only option at point guard but the 22-year-old Nappier is a more versatile option at that position, having shown in his four years playing at UConn that he has the ability to mix pick and rolls with great shooting ability.
Napier showcased his clutch play during the Huskies run to the title in March with several key plays, and he was the school's leading points scorer during the season (18 ppg). Adding 5.9 rebounds, and 4.9 assists he is certainly an all-round option that can come in and play straight away.
Knowing his role
Napier spent two of his four seasons in college as a back up and would obviously likely have to take up that role again in the NBA.
His experience of this role player philosophy however is not to be underestimated, and anyone who watched the Huskies last season will know that his determination, professionalism and pure passion for the game is enough to provide a great impact coming off the bench at the American Airlines Arena.
Currently ranked at around the no.28 position in the latest mock drafts, Nappier does have some limitations on defense but his offensive potential is what should appeal to the Heat right now. His height may worry some but with the likes of Andersen returning and possibly of course the both sides of the ball colossus LeBron James then his deficiencies could be tolerated.
Miami's final three games of the final showed that at times they struggle to find a plan B when Wade and co are off form, with their bench paling in comparison to the superior Spurs.
Taking Shabazz Napier is the ideal solution for a franchise that has just had a huge wake up call. Answering that with a proven winner who has the ability to change games is the perfect way to solve that.
To get you in the mood for June 26, check out Nappier's highlights below.
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