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Undrafted Free Agents Who Would Be Steals for Miami Heat

Sam RichmondCorrespondent IJune 27, 2014

Undrafted Free Agents Who Would Be Steals for Miami Heat

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    The Miami Heat got their man during Thursday night's NBA draft when they added Connecticut point guard Shabazz Napier after trading with the Charlotte Bobcats.

    However, Pat Riley and Co. are not finished adding young talent. Miami still needs to sign a number of undrafted players to fill out their Summer League roster, which could possibly lead to spots on the Heat's 2014-15 regular-season roster.

    We're going to take a look at five guys that didn't hear their name called on Thursday that the Heat should pursue. 

Jabari Brown, SG, Missouri, 6'5", 214 Pounds

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    Simply put, Jabari Brown is a fantastic shooter, and that should be enough for Miami to consider bringing him on board. 

    On his way to 19.1 points per game in his final season at Missouri, Brown shot 41.0 percent on his three-point attempts. 

    The Heat want to surround LeBron James with as many shooters as possible. If Brown could eventually make Miami's roster, he certainly would qualify as a helpful sniper coming off the bench.

    Brown also averaged 4.4 rebounds and proved to be a decent defender throughout 2013-14.

Jahii Carson, PG, Arizona State, 5'10", 180 Pounds

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    Yes, the Heat now have Napier. But their point guard situation is still far from perfect.

    Starter Mario Chalmers is a free agent after a horrible showing in the 2014 NBA Finals (4.4 PPG, 33.3 FG%). And while backup Norris Cole remains on the team, he wasn't any more effective than Rio was versus the San Antonio Spurs (3.2 PPG, 31.6 FG%).

    Jahii Carson is a lights-out shooter (39.1 3PT% in 2013-14), which, as we've talked about, has great value for Miami.

    He also is an excellent athlete, with the ability to get to the basket and finish with ease. He averaged 18.6 points per game last season.

    He's not a top-notch distributor (4.6 APG), and his size is certainly a concern, but his scoring ability warrants a look from Miami.

Bryce Cotton, PG, Providence, 6'1", 165 Pounds

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    Bryce Cotton proved to be one of the most exciting players in college basketball last season.

    He averaged an impressive 21.8 points per game and 5.9 assists, which ranked first in the Big East. 

    Like Carson, Cotton is explosive and does a fine job of attacking the basket. He's also a natural playmaker and would have no problem playing an unselfish brand of basketball, something that is necessary to do on this current Heat team. 

    While Cotton's three-point shot leaves something to be desired, he's decent enough from outside (36.7 3P% in 2013-14) to where his other offensive skills can't be ignored. 

    As the ultimate low-risk signing, Cotton makes a lot of sense.

James Michael McAdoo, F, North Carolina, 6'9", 230 Pounds

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    James Michael McAdoo never lived up to the expectations that surrounded him when he first attended North Carolina, but he was still a productive player throughout his three years as a Tarheel.

    This past season he averaged 14.2 points, 6.8 rebounds and .9 blocks. His offensive game still needs a lot of work: He needs to improve his jump shot and low-post game to be productive at the next level. However, he's still a terrific athlete with potential, making him worth a flier.

    The Heat are known for having a great developmental staff, and it's not a bad call to hope they can create another success story with someone who was a top-10 prospect coming out of high school, according to Rivals.com

Patric Young, C, Florida, 6'9", 240 Pounds

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    Florida's Patric Young going undrafted was one of the biggest surprises on Thursday. He represents a great pickup for the Heat.

    With Chris Andersen aging and the Greg Oden experiment a failure, Miami would benefit from adding another center into the swing of things.

    Young is a tough, physical player that does all the dirty work. He excels in post defense, shot-blocking (1.1 BPG in 2013-14) and does a wonderful job on the offensive glass (2.59 ORPG). His offensive game will never be elite, but as long as he keeps putting back misses, he'll get his points (averaged 11 PPG).

    He could be a nice fit as a high-energy big man coming off the Heat bench. 

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