The Miami Heat may have a reputation of making all the right moves as of late, but the truth is that like every professional franchise, Miami has had its fair share of misses as well.
Drafting talent is hardly foolproof in any league, and the NBA is no exception. Unless it's a particularly loaded draft class, anything outside of the top five picks can be a gamble.
And sometimes, even the highest picks end up being a gamble with unfortunate results.
The Heat have been on both sides of the fence, as they've had middle-of-the-class picks not pan out, as well as top-10 selections. Here's a look at Miami's five worst draft picks in franchise history.
"Baby Jordan." Remember that moniker, Heat fans?
Miami selected Harold Miner with the 12th overall pick in the 1992 draft. And while the 6’5’’ guard did manage to win the Slam Dunk Contest twice, he had difficulty living up to the lofty expectations facing him when he entered the league.
Miner’s career with the Heat was short, as he spent just three seasons with the team before heading to Cleveland for one year, after which he would retire at the age of 24.
A top 10 overall selection at No. 9 in 1990, Willie Burton was another early '90s flop for the Heat.
Standing at 6’8’’ and weighing in at 210 pounds, Miami had hoped Burton’s size and athleticism would give the team a versatile forward who was also capable of lining up in the guard slot, but the ninth overall pick failed to ever make the impact the Heat were looking for.
Burton averaged 12 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists during his rookie campaign, but his totals steadily declined over his next three seasons in Miami.
Tim James was just another member of the beginning of one of Miami’s darker periods, as he was selected as the 25th overall pick of the 1999 draft.
To say James’ career in Miami was short would be gracious. In all, James saw the floor in just four games for the Heat and scored a whopping total of 11 points.
Following his rookie season, James was dealt to the Charlotte Hornets. Just two years later, he was retired at the age of 25.
Khalid Reeves was another Heat draft pick who spent just one season with the team. Selected 12th overall in 1994, Reeves found himself in Charlotte after his rookie year.
Reeves’ rookie numbers weren’t particularly terrible at 9.2 points, 2.8 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game, but they were hardly worth that of a top-15 pick.
To be fair, Miami was already carrying three point guards when it selected Reeves, including Bimbo Coles.
Michael Beasley was both one of the franchise’s biggest headaches and greatest blessings at the same time.
The Heat passed on the likes of Russell Westbrook, Kevin Love and they were duped out of the Derrick Rose sweepstakes after having the worst record in the league the prior season—all of that for a player with major maturity issues who spent just two seasons with the team before the experiment was deemed a failure.
However, the silver lining in the whole situation was that had Miami lucked out with Rose, or had the Heat selected Westbrook or Love, chances are they would have not been able to assemble the current big three of Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and LeBron James.
So, while Beasley was undoubtedly the worst draft pick in the franchise’s history, I don’t think many Heat fans would have it any other way today.