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How Miami Heat's Last 10 Top Draft Picks Worked Out

Zach GillilandFeatured ColumnistFebruary 3, 2014

How Miami Heat's Last 10 Top Draft Picks Worked Out

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    Norris Cole is one of the draft picks that has worked out well for Miami.
    Norris Cole is one of the draft picks that has worked out well for Miami.Glenn James/Getty Images

    Do you honestly remember all of the Miami Heat's last 10 top draft picks? Some people may remember Dwyane Wade and Michael Beasley, but besides those two it gets kind of blurry. The Heat have had a few picks work out well, a few produce for other teams and others not do much at all.

    *It's worth noting that in 2010 and 2009 Miami did not have first-round picks, so I counted its second round pick in those years as the top pick. Also, in 2006 Miami did not have any draft picks, so that year was skipped on this list.

2013, James Ennis

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    James Ennis, playing with the Perth Wildcats.
    James Ennis, playing with the Perth Wildcats.Will Russell/Getty Images

    James Ennis was selected in the second round by Atlanta, but the Hawks traded his draft rights to the Miami Heat.

    Ennis hasn’t yet played in an NBA game though; he has spent this season playing in Australia. The Heat made the move due to the salary cap, but Ennis is expected to return to Miami next season, per Brad Elborough of The Sydney Morning Herald.

    In his last season with Long Beach State, Ennis averaged 16.5 points and 6.7 rebounds per game.

    It’s really too early to judge if this draft selection worked out for the Heat. His impact on the team next season will decide that.

2012, Arnett Moultrie

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    Moultrie was traded to Philadelphia and played his only season so far there.
    Moultrie was traded to Philadelphia and played his only season so far there.Fernando Medina/Getty Images

    Arnett Moultrie was selected by Miami, but his draft rights were traded to Philadelphia for a future first-rounder and the draft rights to Justin Hamilton. Hamilton was released in October by the Heat.

    Moultrie has not played this season for Philadelphia due to ankle surgery in the offseason. Last season he played in 47 games and averaged 3.7 points per game.

    He would have been a good addition for the Heat; he averaged 16.4 points and 10.5 rebounds per game at Mississippi State before entering the draft.

    Miami wins in this situation if Philadelphia’s first-round pick that it traded away ends up being a higher pick than Moultrie was at 27.

2011, Norris Cole

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    Norris Cole has become an important player for Miami.
    Norris Cole has become an important player for Miami.Issac Baldizon/Getty Images

    Norris Cole was first selected in the draft by the Chicago Bulls but was then traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Miami Heat made their move for Cole, sending a couple of draft picks to the Timberwolves in exchange.

    Cole has worked out well for the Heat so far. This season he has averaged 7.7 points per game and serves as a productive backup for Mario Chalmers. He also played in 80 games last season.

    He has been a good draft selection for the Heat because of what he brings off the bench. In last year’s postseason, he averaged 6.1 points per game. Compare that to Mario Chalmers’ 9.4 points per game in the same play, and it shows good balance at point guard.

2010, Dexter Pittman

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    Pittman played a total of 41 games with the Miami Heat.
    Pittman played a total of 41 games with the Miami Heat.Joe Murphy/Getty Images

    Dexter Pittman was one of the guys who didn’t work out as well for Miami. He played in only 41 career games with the Heat, with 35 of them coming in the 2011-12 season. Last season he was traded to Memphis, where he played in seven games with the Grizzlies.

    It was hard for him to get into the rotation down low, with guys like Chris Bosh and Udonis Haslem getting the majority of the playing time. Chris Andersen was also picked up by the Heat last January, so it became clear Pittman wouldn’t see much time on the court.

    Pittman averaged 2.4 points and 1.8 rebounds per game in his career with Miami and Memphis.

2009, Marcus Thornton

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    Marcus Thornton, with the Sacramento Kings.
    Marcus Thornton, with the Sacramento Kings.Melissa Majchrzak/Getty Images

    Marcus Thornton was selected by the Heat in the second round of the 2009 NBA draft, but Miami traded his draft rights to the New Orleans Hornets (now the Pelicans).

    Thornton spent two years in New Orleans and is now in his fourth season with the Sacramento Kings. He is averaging 8.5 points per game this season with the Kings.

    One of the guys the Heat received from the Thornton trade was Jarvis Varnado. He played in eight career games with Miami.

2008, Michael Beasley

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    Beasley found his way back to South Beach this season.
    Beasley found his way back to South Beach this season.Andrew D. Bernstein/Getty Images

    Michael Beasley was an important pick for the Miami Heat; he was chosen second overall behind Derrick Rose.

    Beasley played in 81 games and averaged 13.9 points per game in his rookie season, then averaged 14.8 points per game in his sophomore campaign.

    He was then traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves. After spending two seasons there, he played one season for the Phoenix Suns.

    It’s hard to judge Miami’s decision because Beasley is back with the Heat again this season. He didn’t form into the superstar Miami thought he would right away, but he has found a solid role on the team this season.

    He is averaging 8.7 points and 3.6 rebounds per game this season with the Heat.

    He has not lived up to the status of a top pick, but his contributions to Miami are still ongoing.

2007, Jason Smith/Daequan Cook

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    Cook spent his first three years in Miami before moving on to other teams.
    Cook spent his first three years in Miami before moving on to other teams.Issac Baldizon/Getty Images

    Jason Smith was the original draft selection made by Miami, but he was traded to Philadelphia for Daequan Cook. Cook was Philadelphia’s first-round selection that year.

    Cook, a 6’5” shooting guard, spent three seasons with Miami. His best season with the Heat came in the 2008-09 season, when he averaged 9.1 points per game.

    Cook was a solid player for Miami but didn’t stay long. He was traded to Oklahoma City in 2010.

2005, Wayne Simien

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    Wayne Simien played in only 51 career games.
    Wayne Simien played in only 51 career games.Fernando Medina/Getty Images

    Wayne Simien was a great player at the University of Kansas, averaging 20.3 points and 11 rebounds per game in his senior season.

    He was a first-round selection by Miami but only really got one season of action with the Heat. In his first year he played in 43 games, including two starts.

    The next year he was only able to play in eight games because of a salmonella infection and a knee injury.

    He was traded to Minnesota but waived by the Timberwolves almost immediately because of roster limits.

    Simien averaged 3.3 points per game for his career. Without the health issues his career in Miami may have been different, but he wasn’t able to contribute much with the Heat.

2004, Dorell Wright

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    Dorell Wright is now with the Portland Trail Blazers.
    Dorell Wright is now with the Portland Trail Blazers.Sam Forencich/Getty Images

    Dorell Wright was Miami’s first-round selection in 2004. He spent his first six seasons in Miami, playing in 211 total games with the Heat.

    In 2010 he signed with the Golden State Warriors.

    He averaged 7.9 points per game in his best season with Miami. He was worth the pick for Miami because he made 56 starts over his time there. He wasn’t a superstar by any means, but he was a solid contributor.

2003, Dwyane Wade

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    Wade has been successful with Miami, winning three championships.
    Wade has been successful with Miami, winning three championships.Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images

    Dwyane Wade was the fifth player taken in the 2003 NBA draft but still exceeded his expectations. He is by far the best draft pick ever made by Miami.

    He is a nine-time All-Star and has helped the Heat win three championships.

    With LeBron James and Chris Bosh he has won two championships, but he was a winner before they got there also. He led Miami to a championship in 2006 and was named the NBA Finals MVP.

    Wade has been a superstar in Miami and was definitely a good draft choice. He has battled injuries this season, but before this season he averaged over 20 points per game in every year besides his rookie season.

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