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The Best Miami Heat First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft  

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List Rules Vote based only on career success with the Miami Heat. Only picks made since the NBA/ABA merger (since 1977).

The Miami Heat first-round draft picks have not been as strong as most fans might expect based on their history, which includes three championshps since 2006. The franchise has featured a number of the best NBA players of all time, including LeBron James, Shaquille O’Neal, Alonzo Mourning and Chris Bosh. But all of them were drafted elsewhere before making the move to Miami. 

The only bona fide superstar to be counted among Miami Heat draft picks has been Dwyane Wade, who was part of all three title teams and even won NBA Finals MVP in 2006. Wade was among the athletes who retired in 2019, leaving the Heat without a big-name draft pick on the roster.

So which of these players provided the best overall impact on the Heat franchise during their time on the team? The stats below reflect only the players’ stats when playing for Miami, and that’s what you should base your vote on. Did this player help improve the Heat organization?

Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Miami Heat First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft
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1 7 VOTES

Draft selection: 5 (2003)

Stats
948 games played, 22.7 ppg, 5.6 apg, 4.7 rpg, 1.6 spg

Achievements
3× NBA champion (2006, 2012, 2013)
NBA Finals MVP (2006)
13× NBA All-Star (2005–2016, 2019)
2× All-NBA First Team (2009, 2010)
3× All-NBA Second Team (2005, 2006, 2011)
3× All-NBA Third Team (2007, 2012, 2013)
3× NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2005, 2009, 2010)
NBA All-Rookie First Team (2004)

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Caron Butler is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Miami Heat First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft
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2 3 VOTES

Draft selection: 10 (2002)

Stats
146 games played, 12.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.3 apg

Achievements
NBA All-Rookie First Team (2003)

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Steve Smith is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Miami Heat First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft
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3 6 VOTES

Draft selection: 5 (1991)

Stats
202 games played, 14.4 ppg, 4.8 apg, 3.8 rpg

Achievements
NBA All-Rookie First Team (1992)

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Bam Adebayo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Miami Heat First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft
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4 4 VOTES

Draft selection: 14 (2017)

Stats
151 games played, 8.0 ppg, 6.5 rpg

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