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2023 NBA Draft Review: Miami Heat

Adrian Holman
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The Miami Heat was the first team in NBA history to start off postseason in the play-in games and make it to the NBA Finals. The Heat lost in five games to the Denver Nuggets, but that does not nullify how wild their postseason run was last season even with Tyler Herro breaking his hand in their first playoff game.

The Heat took some major hits in the offseason with Gabe Vincent, Max Strus, Vincent Oladipo, Cody Zeller, and Omar Yurtseven going to other teams. Miami was able to sign free agent veterans Thomas Bryant and Josh Richardson. Plus, the Heat had a first-round pick as well.

Round 1, Pick 18: Jaime Jaquez, Jr. - F - UCLA. 6'7", 225 lbs (17.8 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 31.7% 3-PT FG%).

Jaquez will add instant energy off of the bench for the Heat. He is also an excellent defender and has a decent mid-range game.

Overview: Adding Jaquez, Jr. to the roster will give the Heat the added depth necessary in order to contend again in the Eastern Conference. Grade: B+.

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