The Miami Heat became an official NBA franchise in 1988. Every June for 22 years, the organization has vested its future in an amateur prospect. This investment, more often than not, will yield no returns for the franchise. However, when it does, the dividends can be priceless.This opportunity to find the diamond in the rough is an annual feast for the 14 worst teams from the prior season.
The Miami Heat has had numerous athletic talents wear the Heat jersey and go on to be infamous with the city’s sports fans. Men like Alonzo Mourning, who embodies what Miami Heat fans love in their players. How about someone like P.J. Brown whose confident smile will calm your nerves in a tight game or Tim Hardaway with his vicious crossover back pedaling defenders like they are in a middle school pick-up game.These players, though invaluable pieces of Miami Heat history, were not “home grown” draftees of the Miami Heat.
The players, which the franchise chooses to draft, are bestowed with a great honor. As an amateur the organization believes that the athlete has the skill set, intangibles, or work ethic that the franchise needs to move on to the next level.As the Miami Heat inserts itself into championship contention. Many fans have seemed to appear out of the wood work.
This is extremely disconcerting to all of the loyal fans that have stuck with their team through the thick and thin. However, the Heat Nation must grow and take on new members to support the franchise. In order to appreciate the victories that are sure to come for the Miami Heat in the near future, a fan needs to know where his or her franchise has been to celebrate the success to come.
Here are top five draft picks of the Miami Heat since its inaugural season in 1988. The selections and ordering of the draftees are certainly up for debate. I assure you this is not a final decision.