Sunday, June 27, 2010
Miami Heat get the steal of the draft in Da Sean Butler
The team's selection of West Virginia's Da'Sean Butler, a 6-7 guard, may pay off bigger for Miami than any other pick last night.
There were questions of whether Butler would even get drafted after he tore up his left knee (who can forget the sight of coach Bob Huggins cradling him on the floor) in the NCAA playoffs.
But prior to his injury, Butler was thought of as a sure first-rounder and his play last year (he scored more than 2,000 career points) was superior to almost every other player picked.
While college stardom doesn't always transfer to the NBA, if Butler, expected back on the court in the fall, is anywhere near the player he was pre-injury, other executives may wonder how Heat president Pat Riley pulled off grand theft robbery without a mask and a weapon. -- Reid Cherner for USA Today.