Wednesday , Jun , 20 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Miami Heat 2007 Draft Preview

(Sports Network) – Dwyane Wade and Shaquille O’Neal will try and bounce back
from a disappointing 2006-07 campaign when the new seasons rolls around. The
Miami Heat, who defeated the Dallas Mavericks in six games during the 2006 NBA
Finals, won the Southeast Division with a 44-38 record and were swept in the
first round of the playoffs by the Chicago Bulls.

Wade underwent a pair of successful surgeries after the playoffs. The
operations were to repair his dislocated left shoulder and his left patella
tendon. Despite missing a total of 31 games due to injury this past season,
the All-Star guard led Miami in scoring, a franchise-record 27.4 points per
game, assists (7.5 apg) and steals (2.1 spg).

Shaq played in just 40 games and averaged 17.3 points and 7.4 rebounds, while
Udonis Haslem, Jason Kapono and Jason Williams all posted double-digits in
scoring.

The Heat are a veteran club. They need some youth and should be able to add a
solid player with the 20th overall pick. There are plenty of question marks
with Miami’s roster. Alonzo Mourning, Eddie Jones, Gary Payton, Antoine Walker
and Williams are all on the down side, and it would not be shocking if some of
them are not with Miami next season.

A point guard is the way to go at No. 20 for Miami. Jarvaris Crittenton of
Georgia Tech, Texas A&M’s Acie Law, USC’s Gabe Pruitt and Daequan Cook of Ohio
State will be some of the players the Heat will be eyeing.

The 20th pick is important for Miami. The Heat need help for the future, and
will have done their homework when making the selection.

Key Player(s): Udonis Haslem (Forward), Eddie Jones (Forward/Guard), Jason
Kapono (Forward), Alonzo Mourning (Center), Shaquille O’Neal (Center), Gary
Payton (Guard), James Posey (Forward), Dwyane Wade (Guard), Antoine Walker
(Forward), Jason Williams (Guard).

Team Needs: Point guard, youth, depth in the backcourt, consistent outside
shooter.

Draft picks: 1st round (20th overall), 2nd round (39th overall).

MIA