NBA Mock Draft: Miami Heat Select Shabazz Napier From UConn

Ronald Martinez

SB Nation's NBA Network conducted a mock draft with bloggers from each team site making or trading "their" team's pick. We continue with the next pick in the 2014 NBA Mock Draft with Hot Hot Hoops selecting Shabazz Napier out of UConn.

NBA Mock Draft Pick #26, Shabazz Napier, Guard, UConn

SB Nation's Heat blog Hot Hot Hoops explains the pick:

With Mario Chalmers entering free agency after his career-worst postseason performance and with an inconsistent Norris Cole the only Miami Heat player so far on the books for next season, UConn's Shabazz Napier appears to be a solid value pick at this point in the draft.

Assuming the core of the Heatles returns, the team remains in win-now mode and will need cheap labor to fill out the rest of the roster. Napier arrives NBA-ready with championship experience and has proven he can shine under pressure playing a position the Heat need help with.

He's undersized, and he needs help in some aspects of his game (like any rookie), but the Heat should feel confident that Napier will adapt to their defensive system in due time because the tools are there. Napier has a solid chance of cracking the regular season rotation, especially if Chalmers signs elsewhere.

MoreFull NBA Draft Coverage


1 Cleveland Cavaliers: ANDREW WIGGINS 
2 Milwaukee Bucks JABARI PARKER
3 Philadelphia 76ers DANTE EXUM
4 Orlando Magic JULIUS RANDLE
5 Utah Jazz JOEL EMBIID
6 Minnesota Timberwolves (Via Celtics) AARON GORDON
7 Los Angeles Lakers NOAH VONLEH
8 Philadelphia 76ers (via Kings) DARIO SARIC
9 Charlotte Hornets DOUG MCDERMOTT
10 Chicago Bulls (via 76ers) MARCUS SMART
11 Denver Nuggets ZACH LAVINE 
12 Orlando Magic TYLER ENNIS
13 Phoenix Suns (via Timberwolves) ADREIAN PAYNE
14 Phoenix Suns NIK STAUSKAS
15 Atlanta Hawks GARY HARRIS
16 Sacramento Kings (via Chicago Bulls) ELFRID PAYTON
17 Orlando Magic (via Boston Celtics) JUSUF NURKIC
18 Minnesota Timberwolves (via Phoenix Suns) KYLE ANDERSON
19 Philadelphia 76ers (via Chicago Bulls) JAMES YOUNG
20 Dallas Mavericks (via Toronto Raptors) CLINT CAPELA
21 Oklahoma City Thunder PJ HAIRSTON
22 Memphis Grizzlies RODNEY HOOD
23 Utah Jazz CLEANTHONY EARLY
24 Golden State Warriors (via Charlotte Hornets) JORDAN ADAMS 
25 Houston Rockets K.J. MCDANIELS
26 Miami Heat SHABAZZ NAPIER
27 Phoenix Suns
28 Los Angeles Clippers
29 Oklahoma City Thunder
30 San Antonio Spurs

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