10 Players Who Wasted the Most Talent with the Miami Heat
When it comes to current contention status, the Miami Heat are sitting pretty. They have arguably the two best players in the NBA with Dwyane Wade and LeBron James, and an overlooked bench when healthy.
However, like any franchise Miami does have those face-palm players who fans dread even hearing about.
Some of these players were great talents that just became terrible fits, while others just never lived up to their expectations and made questionable decisions.
This is a list of talent that we wish to forget about, but feel free to add your own via comment.
Rafer Alston, or commonly known as "Skip 2 My Lou", was supposed to dazzle fans with his passing and ball-handling talents but ended up being worthless for Miami in two separate stints.
During his first season as a member of the Heat, Alston ended up starting 28 games in Dwyane Wade's rookie year. While he was a solid scorer for Miami, he averaged more attempts from three-point range than he did assists.
Although he did hit a mediocre 39 percent from deep, wasn't it his point guard abilities that got him to the big show in the first place? Alston took way too many ill-advised shots and ended up going back to his first team in the Toronto Raptors.
His return to Miami didn't fare to well in 2010, as he was suspended for the season after just 25 games for missing practice.
While this ended up being Alston's last season in the NBA, it's an interesting to think about if he could still be playing had he stuck to what he did best.
Being dubbed "Baby Jordan"? Right.....
Known for his ability to rise up and dunk with authority, Harold Miner had a lot of promise after being drafted by the Miami Heat. Once he proved he was nothing but a glorified slam dunk artist, Miner quickly became labeled as a bust.
Don't get me wrong, he had some of the sickest performances in the long history of the Slam Dunk Contest, but that doesn't get you very far as an overall player.
If Miner would have focused on improving his overall game each year, there's little doubt that he could've transformed into a solid asset.
After just four seasons in the NBA (three with Miami), he decided to call it quits and become a stay-at-home father. Realistically, Miner has to know he made a gigantic mistake by giving up on his career so early, and could go down as one of the most wasted talents not only in Miami history, but the NBA as well.
Odds are I'm not the only Miami fan with a negative outlook on Mike Bibby. His play in the NBA Finals was atrocious, and he also took away time from blossoming point guard Mario Chalmers in the process.
Bibby was lights-out from three-point range with both the Atlanta Hawks and Heat last season, shooting his highest percentage in his long career. That being said, he absolutely failed in the postseason.
Averaging a sub-par 3.6 points during the playoffs, Bibby eventually became a liability on offense and defense for Miami. He looked lost hanging around the perimeter and shoot a measly 26 percent from downtown.
It wasn't until Miami's elimination game that Bibby was finally benched and became a likely afterthought for Heat fans everywhere.
And to think: He was supposed to be the pickup mid-season that was supposed to be a difference-maker come playoff time right? Well, he did make a negative difference indeed.
While he didn't waste his talents based on personal issues or being a bad player, Predrag Danilović wasted his talents simply because he didn't stay in the NBA.
Danilović was a well sized shooting guard at 6'7" who had a nice stroke from long range. He played significant minutes with the Miami Heat during his two seasons and put up nice scoring averages at 13.4 and 11.3 respectively.
He had the talent to be a future NBA All-Star, but ended up leaving the NBA after a 13-game stint with the Dallas Mavericks.
Danilović became a star in Europe, eventually winning the Mister Europa Player of the Year in 1998 and multiple league championships as well.
That sounds nice, but if you don't win on the biggest stage of them all, it's pretty much a consolation prize for your efforts.
Ricky Davis and Mark Blount
I put these two on one slide based on the fact that they were both acquired in the same trade. Every Miami Heat fan has to remember this dreadful season.
One year out of finishing with a four-seed in the Eastern Conference Playoffs, Miami made a blockbuster move to bring in Ricky Davis and Mark Blount. With Dwyane Wade out due to surgeries, these two were supposed to be the answer to help keep Miami competitive until Wade's return.
So just how did they do?
Well, they lead the Miami Heat to the worst record in the NBA.
Ricky Davis has never been a popular figure in his professional career. He's a terrible teammate who makes bone-headed decisions along the way. While having the talents to be a great player, his time in Miami was a joke.
He averaged 13.8 points a night on 43 percent shooting, but it was his inability to step up for the team which really hurt them. Davis was extremely inconsistent and provided no leadership or team skills whatsoever.
He wasn't supposed to be as good as Wade, but at least help them stay in the playoff picture until he returned.
Blount stunk up the paint for Miami by averaging only 3.8 rebounds a night. You are a seven footer and can't even pull significant rebounds in 22 minutes a game?
Besides that, Blount decided to open up his offensive attack by attempting 44 three-point shots and neglecting his responsibilities in the post.
These two didn't live up to their expectations in a short stay with Miami, and to this day aren't missed by many.
Odds are the common NBA fan will not know the name Kirk Penney. Rightfully so, as he only managed to play just six games in the league. However, if you look him up you will quickly learn that Penney is one of the best players currently overseas.
Penney was a a standout guard-forward combo who could shoot the lights out from anywhere on the floor. He went undrafted in the star-studded 2003 draft, but was eventually picked up in many developmental leagues.
While he destroyed competition in the D-League, putting up 40 points for the Sioux Falls Skyforce recently in one game, he never panned out well when he received his chance.
In his six career NBA games combined, Penney failed to average a better statistic than 1.5 points a game.
That's right, 1.5 points, 0.3 rebounds and 0.3 assists for his bombed career.
Maybe he just didn't bring hist best game or didn't get a fair chance, but either way Penney wasted his opportunity with the Miami Heat.
Wayne Simien was one of the best players in college basketball during the 2004-05 season. Playing for Kansas, he put up 20.3 points and 11 rebounds a game in his junior season.
Once he decided to go skip his senior campaign and head for the draft, he proved to be a bust.
After playing just two seasons with the Miami Heat, Simien scored only 169 points in his time. It was clear that Simien wasn't going to be a star in the NBA, but to say he couldn't turn out to be a key role player wasn't out of the question.
Instead of working to improve his game, Simien left behind his NBA career to venture into Christian ministry work.
Sure, Mike Miller had an injury that caused him to be ineffective for Miami whenever he was on the floor, but that doesn't excuse him from this list.
Miller is a sharp-shooter out of Florida who has proven to be a valuable role player. While Miami spent the money to place him around LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, he didn't come up big when needed in the playoffs.
In 18 playoff games, Miller only managed to average 2.6 points and 2.7 rebounds a game. While the injury to his finger was sure to hamper his shot, shooting 30 percent from three-point range was not what he was brought in to do.
Luckily, Miller is still a valuable shooter and overall player off the bench for Miami. He has plenty of time to earn his contract and take his name off the list of wasted talent.
Michael Beasley is on his way to becoming the next Ricky Williams: substance over career.
After becoming Miami's second overall pick in the 2008 NBA draft, Beasely had big expectations while paired with superstar Dwyane Wade. However, before he even stepped on the floor he gained a bad reputation right away.
During the 2008 NBA Rookie Transition Program, police were called due to the smell of marijuana and a fire alarm that went off in a hotel room occupied by Mario Chalmers and Darrell Arthur. While Beasley told officials he had no part in the incident, it later came out that he had lied and was fined a large sum for the troubles.
Beasley has also become infamous for a tattoo picture that showed some marijuana noticeably in the background.
Incidents like these are a huge reason why he was shipped out of Miami (and to make room for LeBron James of course) and still hasn't lived up to his massive potential.
As a player, he has the ability to be a prolific scorer, but an unclear head has ruined many promising careers in the past.