4 overlooked NBA Draft prospects the Heat could transform into major steals

The Miami Heat are known for finding and developing undervalued players, and with the 15th pick in the 2024 draft, they have a strong chance to add another overlooked prospect.
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3) Zach Edey

7'4 Perdue center Zach Edey was named Naismith Player of the Year this past season after putting up huge numbers, averaging 25 points and 12 rebounds per game. Even then, he isn't expected to be taken in the lottery, which means that, barring something unexpected, he'll be available for the Heat to consider selecting.

He would be a fascinating choice for the Heat, who aren't the biggest team but seem to prioritize versatility and mobility rather than sheer size. Edey isn't either of those things but he is a problem in the paint due to his size and skill. Teams often struggle to matchup against him, with Edey being able to finish over defenders near the rim or crash the offensive glass for putbacks.

He is also a big target in the paint, with him being an easy find when he rolls to the basket, opposing team's play zone or they try to front him in the post. Defensively, his 7'10 wingspan makes it virtually impossible to shoot near him, though his lack of foot speed might be exploitable when he has to defend away from the rim. All told, he is a polarizing player but perhaps the Heat could make full use of Edey's tools.