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Hey Miami, pass the Mayo please!

by: DanD On  Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Now that the NBA Draft is just a few days away there is no shortage of rumours surrounding many teams. One team in Particular is the Miami Heat, holders of the second overall pick. Although, the consensus pick right now at that spot is Michael Beasley there are many rumors indicating that the heat are willing to select O.J Mayo with this pick. The main reason why Mayo has been linked to the Heat is because of his relationship with Dwayne Wade. It has been reported that they having been spending a lot of time training together in Miami. Another reason is the perceived notion that Mayo could be a starting PG in the NBA. I don’t buy it; I think that there is no chance that they pass on Beasley because he seems like a great prospect.

Lets look at the numbers: in his freshman year Mayo averaged 20.7 points per game, 4.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists. Beasley averaged 26.4 points, 12.2 rebounds, and 1.3 assists. For me the numbers speak for themselves, as Beasley totaled almost 7 more points per game and 8 more rebounds. Also during the March Madness tournament Beasley and Mayo went head to Head, where Beasley and his team also came out on top. Beasley totaled 23 points and 11 rebounds in 29 minutes, while Mayo only managed 20 points, and five assists in 40 minutes.

Another possible scenario sees the Bulls sending their first overall pick combined with Tyrus Thomas and Larry Hughes to the Heat for Dwayne Wade. This will then give Miami the first two picks of the draft, most likely being Rose and Beasley. This rumour has been gaining a lot of momentum lately because of the fact that Wade is from the Chicago area. Wade is also the face of the franchise for the Heat and I don’t really see this deal happening.

A more plausible deal would see the Heat send Udonis Haslem to the Raptors for T.J. Ford. This would give the Heat a starting PG, and the Raptors a player with a solid rebounding ability. If the Heat choose to draft Beasley and if Marion plays out the rest of his deal this would make a lot of sense for both teams, as Haslem would most likely be a bench warmer. When draft night comes around there should many surprises, if there is one thing I can say to the Heat, it is pass on Mayo its not good for you.




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