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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2) Rob Dillingham

Kentucky guard Rob Dillingham is considered to be among the most talented offensive players in the draft. His combination of shooting, finishing, and passing are impressive, but it is not out of the realm of possibility that he falls in the draft.

Virtually every year, there is a player who slides and is left waiting to hear his name called. Last year it was Cam Whitmore, who was seen as a top-5 pick but fell to 20 when the Houston Rockets drafted him, and Dillingham may be this year's Whitmore. Why would one of the best offensive players in the 2024 draft class slide?

Dillingham measured in at just 6'1 and 165 pounds at the NBA combine, which is small, even for a point guard. Moreover, there are concerns that teams could target him on defense, with similar-sized players often struggling to fight over screens and unable to switch onto the screener, potentially taking them out of the play. Then again, there are ways to hide players, especially if they are too good not to play on the other end of the floor.

Dillingham may be one of those players, one who can put up points in a hurry, whether it be from outside, where he shot 44% from three or on drives, where he is a sneaky finisher who can even use his off-hand to score in the paint.

In Miami, he'd likely earn a role as a sixth man who can come in and exploit the lack of defense in the opposing team's second unit while also being able to more easily hide on the other end. That might limit his ceiling but players such as Lou Williams and Jamal Crawford carved out long careers by cooking off the bench.