The Heat’s chances of securing a pretty attractive first-round pick in June’s draft seem to be declining by the day, largely because of the disappointing play of its opponent Saturday.
The Heat will get Philadelphia’s first-round draft pick this season only if the 76ers make the playoffs. The first-round pick is lottery protected for 2013, 2014 and 2015. The Heat’s own 2013 first-round pick belongs to Cleveland as a result of the LeBron James sign-and-trade.
Philadelphia entered Saturday 31/2 games behind Milwaukee for the eighth playoff spot and remains without center Andrew Bynum, who hasn’t played this season because of a knee injury and isn’t close to returning despite practicing Friday, coach Doug Collins said.
Toronto entered Saturday 4 1/2 games back of the No. 8 spot, with the No. 8 team likely drawing the Heat in the first round. The Bucks are the favorite, even more so after acquiring J.J. Redick from Orlando before Thursday’s trade deadline.
If the Sixers surprisingly make the playoffs, the pick the Heat would receive likely would be the 15th overall. Otherwise, Miami will have to wait until a year the 76ers make the playoffs or in 2016 — whichever comes first.
Sixers’ struggles could affect Miami Heat’s draft prospects
Miami Herald | Feb 24