10 best draft choices in Heat franchise history

Dwyane Wade holds the majority of franchise records for the Heat. [Image Source: Flickr | Keith Allison]
Dwyane Wade holds the majority of franchise records for the Heat. [Image Source: Flickr | Keith Allison]

Dwyane Wade is easily the obvious choice as the best draft choice the Heat have ever made.

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The next team in this series of top 10 draft picks is the Miami Heat. While previous entries went back to 1990, the Heat began to play in 1988 so all of their draft picks were considered.

In order to make the list, the player must have actually been drafted by the Heat. Only the player’s impact while with Miami is considered (Caron Butler became a two-time All-Star, but this was after he left the Heat). Where the player was drafted could make a difference, meaning if a second-round pick had about as much impact as a lottery pick, then the second round pick would be higher.

The team’s draft picks were found at Basketball Reference.

1

Dwayne Wade - First round, fifth overall (2003)

Dwayne's the Heat's all-time leader in most categories including points (21,556), assists (5,310), steals (1,492), and games (948), Wade also won three rings and made 13 All-Star teams with Miami.

2

Rony Seikaly - First round, ninth overall (1988)

The first ever draft choice that the team ever made, Seikaly averaged a double-double during his six seasons with the Heat (15.4 points, 10.4 rebounds).

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