Will Shabazz Napier help the Heat?

Despite a banner college career, odds are against LeBron's favorite rookie

Updated: June 27, 2014, 12:58 PM ET
By Tom Haberstroh | ESPN Insider

The Miami Heat finally got their man. No, not LeBron James. The guy James wanted: former UConn Huskies point guard and reigning NCAA champion Shabazz Napier.

James' respect for Napier has been well-documented since he tweeted "No way u take another PG in the lottery before Napier" over two months ago, right after the Huskies cut down the nets. And it was only re-emphasized after the Heat traded up two spots on Thursday to take Napier No. 24 overall, when James again took to Twitter to show his support: "My favorite player in the draft! #Napier."