By Bryan Toporek
Since coming into existence in 1988, the Miami Heat haven’t found much success with the NBA draft, save for a few glaring exceptions.
Throughout their franchise history, the Miami Heat have had only six top-10 picks — four of which came within their first four seasons — and they’ve made just one top-three selection. They had the No. 3 overall pick in 1990, but they shipped it to the Denver Nuggets for Nos. 9 and 15, which they’d later use on Willie Burton and Dave Jamerson, respectively.
Trades involving draft picks became a common theme for Miami over the ensuing years.
In September 1992, the Heat sent Isaiah Morris and their 1993 first-round pick to the Detroit Pistons for John Salley, who went on to play only three nondescript seasons in Miami. Three years later, they sent Glen Rice, Matt Geiger, Khalid Reeves and their 1996 first-rounder to the Charlotte Hornets for Alonzo Mourning, Pete Meyers and LeRon Ellis. (Here’s guessing they don’t regret that move.)
They dove back into the trade well during the early 2010s during the “Heatles” era, making only two picks across the 2011 through 2013 drafts. They promptly traded away both of those players — Bojan Bogdanovic (No. 31 in 2011) and Arnett Moultrie (No. 27 in 2012) — before either played a minute in a Heat...