The Miami Heat is a professional American basketball team that plays as one of the five teams in the Southeast Division in the Eastern Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The club is based in Miami, Florida and plays its home games at the FTX Arena.
The Heat is certainly one of the newer teams in the NBA and started playing in the league in the 1988-1989 season as an expansion team. They didn’t cover themselves in glory immediately and were one of the more mediocre teams at that time. However, in the 1990s, when they appointed former Head Coach Pat Riley as team President, things began to turn.
It was when Riley constructed the trades of Tim Hardaway and Alonzo Mourning that the team really started to become playoff contenders. These two star players led the Heat to four division titles before they left in the early 2000s. More success followed when they drafted Dwayne Wade in 2003.
It was with Wade, and after a trade for Shaquille O’Neal, (a former NBA Most Valuable Player) that they managed their first NBA Finals win in 2006, with Riley as Head Coach. However, when O’Neal left the party, the Heat struggled for the latter part of the 2000s. Although he managed to keep his place as the team’s President, he was replaced in the role of Head Coach by Erik Spoelstra.
Then, in 2010, the Heat signed another basketball legend and former MPV, LeBron James as well as the NBA All-Star, Chris Bosch. Along with Wade, these three became known as ‘The Big 3’. In the four years that these played together, they reached the NBA finals every single season, winning back to back NBA Finals in 2012 and 12013. However, when all three players left in 2016, the team had to enter a period of rebuilding. This saw them acquiring Jimmy Butler in 2019and the team returning to the NBA Finals again in 2020.
The Heat is the current record-holders for the third-longest winning streak in the NBA, with 27 consecutive game wins, achieved in the 2012-13 season. They have also had four Hall of Fame players and LeBron James won two MVP awards as a player for the Heat.
Since their inception in 1988, the Heat has won 14 Division Titles, 6 Conference Titles and 3 NBA Championships. The President of the team is Pat Riley, the General Manager is Andy Elisburg and the Head Coach is Erik Spoelstra.
The Heat has had some brilliant – and some terrible results. In their best season, in 2013, they ended up with a regular-season record of 66-16. However, just five years previous, in 2008 they had their worst ever season with a shocking record of 15-67.
Miami Heat 2021 NBA Draft Picks
Well, this was not the best draft night for the Heat, as this was one of the teams to not have any first-round picks – and no second-round picks either. And, it was also very well documented that this is a draft pool filled with talent. They originally traded their first-round pick to the Phoenix Suns back in 2015 as a trade for Goran Dragic. They then traded their second-round pick to Portland in 2016 in exchange for Brian Roberts. So, any changes to the roster will only be from offseason trades with other teams.
What about 2022 then? Well, this is also pretty complicated as currently they also have no draft picks here either. They could also either potentially have a first-round pick or only a late second-round pick, depending on this season.
If the Heat win a place in the lottery, then they can keep their pick and send their second-round pick to the Houston Rockets and it will become the Rockets pick. If they make the playoffs, then they will only keep their less favorable pick as well as Houston’s and Brooklyn’s. The team also currently owes their second-round pick 2022 to the Pacers. So, what they get and how it goes is still unknown. It seems that until 2023, the team will have to rely on trades and cash considerations to make changes.
In the 2023 draft, however, they have a protected first-round pick and no second-round pick. The Heat does owe their first-round pick to Oklahoma City Thunder, but it is lottery-protected in 2023, 2024 and 2025. However, if it isn’t conveyed by 2026 then it becomes unprotected. Meanwhile, their second-round pick is owed to one of numerous teams – and there are lots id stipulations about the pick between those teams involved – the only certain thing is that it won’t belong to Miami. So, there it is. No NBA draft picks this year – possibly not next year either!
How Will it Work?
The team is purely going to have to rely on their current and trades for the upcoming season. here are the transactions that the Heat has made in the offseason:
Oct 16, 2021 Dru Smith SG Waived
Oct 16, 2021 D.J. Stewart Jr. SG Waived
Oct 16, 2021 Micah Potter PF Waived
Oct 16, 2021 Javonte Smart PG Waived
Sep 14, 2021 Caleb Martin SF Signed as Free Agent
Aug 15, 2021 Udonis Haslem PF Re-Signed
Aug 7, 2021 P.J. Tucker PF Signed as Free Agent
Aug 7, 2021 Jimmy Butler SF Re-Signed
Aug 6, 2021 Dewayne Dedmon C Re-Signed
Aug 6, 2021 Max Strus SG Re-Signed
Aug 6, 2021 Duncan Robinson SG Re-Signed
Aug 6, 2021 Kyle Lowry PG Traded for Goran Dragic
Aug 6, 2021 Markieff Morris PF Signed as Free Agent
Aug 6, 2021 Gabe Vincent PG Re-Signed
Jul 30, 2021 AJ Lawson SG Signed as Free Agent
So, although they may not have had such draft action, there has been action in the offseason with trades, the signing of free agents and resigning players.
Miami Heat 2021 NBA Draft
Moving Forward as a Team
The biggest question being asked of the team is about their offense. Butler’s field goals per cent of 40.4% on shots from outside the paint was the fourth worst out of all the 201 players that attempted more than 200 shots from the outside. Moreover, his record of 4.7 field goal attempts from 36 minutes was the lowest out of all 468 players that had more than 100 minutes of game time. Although Adebayo has extended his shooting range, he isn’t yet an effective floor spacer which means that the biggest problem faced by the Heat in the new season will be managing to generate a decent offense with those guys.
In terms of defense, with Erik Spoelstra as a coach, the team has had top ten defense in nine out of his thirteen seasons in charge. It looks like they will make it another season this year with Lowry, Tucker, Butler and Adebayo all fit to play. They will certainly make it hard for the opposition – and if they get their defense right then they will be tough opponents. However, they currently lack depth and aren’t quite ready to compete with the major players such as the Brooklyn Nets and the Milwaukee Bucks this season – well, not just yet anyway. We think that they will be looking at a regular-season record of about 48-34 this year.
Current Miami Heat Players Under Contract
- Bam Adebayo
- Jimmy Butler
- Duncan Robinson
- Kyle Lowry
- Tyler Herro
- P.J. Tucker
- KZ Okpala
- Gabe Vincent
- Max Strus
- Omer Yurtseven
- Udonis Haslem
- Markieff Morris
- Victor Oladipo
- Dewayne Dedmon
- Caleb Martin
- Marcus Garrett
Miami Heat Free Agency Players 2021
Here is the list of free agents in 2021
- Trevor Ariza
- Nemanja Bjelica
- Dewayne Dedmon
- Udonis Haslem
- Andre Iguodala
- Kendrick Nunn (restricted)
- Victor Oladipo
- Duncan Robinson (restricted)
- Max Strus
- Gabe Vincent (restricted)
- Omer Yurtseven
Previous Miami Heat Draft Selections Since 2000
Year Round Pick Player Pos Age Pre-Draft Team
2020 1 20 Precious Achiuwa SF 21 Memphis
2019 1 13 Tyler Herro SG 19 Kentucky
2019 2 44 Bol Bol C 19 Oregon
2017 1 14 Bam Adebayo C 19 Kentucky
2015 1 10 Justise Winslow SF 19 Duke
2015 2 40 Josh Richardson G 21 Tennessee
2014 1 26 P J Hairston SG 21 Texas Legends
2014 2 55 Semaj Christon PG 21 Xavier
2012 1 27 Arnett Moultrie PF 21 Mississippee State
2011 2 31 Bojan Bogdanovic F 22 KK Cibona (Croatia)
2010 2 32 Dexter Pittman C 22 Texas
2010 2 41 Jarvis Varnado FC 22 Mississippee State
2010 2 42 Da’Sean Butler F 22 West Virginia
2010 2 48 Latavious Williams F 21 Tulsa 66ers
2009 2 43 Marcus Thornton SG 22 LSU
2009 2 60 Robert Dozier PF 23 Memphis
2008 1 2 Michael Beasley PF 19 Kansas State
2008 2 52 Darnell Jackson F 22 Kansas
2007 1 20 Jason Smith PF 21 Colorado State
2007 2 39 Stanco Barac C 20 BC Siroki (Bosnia)
2005 1 29 Wayne Simien F 22 Kansas
2004 1 19 Dorell Wright F 18 Leuzinger High School
2004 2 47 Pape Sow FC 22 Cal State Fullerton
2004 2 53 Matt Freije FC 22 Vanderbilt
2003 1 5 Dwyane Wade SG 21 Marquette
2003 2 33 Jerome Beasley PF 23 North Dakota
2002 1 10 Caron Butler SF 22 Connecticut
2002 2 52 Rasual Butler GF 23 La Salle
2001 2 48 Ken Johnson C 23 Ohio State
2000 2 37 Eddie House G 22 Arizona State
2000 2 52 Ernest Brown C 21 Indian Hills
Miami Heat Draft Picks FAQs
Does Miami Heat Have any Future First-Round Pick?
The NBA draft outlook isn’t great for Miami Heat. there is no team in the NBA that has less trade eligible draft inventory in the next few years. It is not just a case that they had no draft picks in 2021, but the Heat only has one pick that is eligible to be traded in the next seven drafts – and that is a second-round pick in 2024.
Who is the Best Player Drafted by Heat?
According to fans and experts, including the NBA Commissioner Adam Silver – and looking at the overall team outlook one of their best draft picks was Bam Adebayo who the selected with the 14th pick in the 2017 NBA draft.
Who Did the Heat Beat in the 2013 NBA Finals?
The NBA finals saw the Eastern Conference Champions, Miami Heat, take on the Western Conference champions – the San Antonio Spurs. The Heat defeated the Spurs in seven games led by MVP LeBron James and Hall of Famers, Ray Allen and Chris Bosch.
Who Did Miami Heat Draft in the 2021 NBA Draft?
The Heat, unfortunately, had no draft picks in 2021.