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NBA Draft 2012, Heat: 'Curious Move' In Draft For Champions

Draft night wasn't a particularly exciting one for the Heat as they traded out of their first round selection and were left with only the 45th pick in the 2012 NBA Draft and an extra pick in a future draft. In the second round, the new NBA champions selected Justin Hamilton, a 7-footer from LSU.

One writer at Peninsula is Mightier, the SB Nation blog for the Miami Heat, provided commentary on the selection:

"It's a curious draft-night move. Hamilton isn't known as a particularly good athlete, so he may not fit with the rest of the team's current roster. Some players who were available at No. 27 -- like Jeff Taylor or Draymond Green -- could have definitely played in the just-concluded NBA Finals replete with solid athletes. Could one say the same about Hamilton? On the other hand, he is known as a solid shot-blocker, can run the floor well and does stand 7 feet tall. Perhaps Pat Riley simply wanted to find a big man who could relieve Chris Bosh of playing some of the five and play defense when the Heat faced one of the few formidable centers in the NBA -- Dwight Howard, Andrew Bynum or Marc Gasol."

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