History Shows the Heat Won't Get Anything With the 14th Pick
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History Shows the Heat Won't Get Anything With the 14th Pick

At one point last season, the Miami Heat held the projected second-overall pick in this year's NBA draft. That's what an 11-30 record gets you: lots of Ping-Pong balls and, if you're lucky, a franchise-player building block to un-suck yourself right quick. What a miraculous 30-11 second half of the season gets you is a lot of good feelings, pats on the asses, and the 14th overall selection in the draft.

Whether that's good news or not is up to you to decide, but what isn't up for debate is the fact that the 14th selection in the NBA draft is notoriously a bust.

Here are the past 20 players chosen with the 14th selection in the NBA draft. Beware, Heat fans: It's not pretty.

There's still hope, though. The team has an extra $25 million in salary-cap space to work with thanks to Chris Bosh's official medical retirement from the league and could make a splash on the free-agent market. But as you peruse the list below, it should be clear that the 14th pick won't be what solves the Heat's problems.

1996: Predrag “Peja” Stojakovic, Sacramento Kings

Good start! Peja made three All-Star teams and played in the NBA from 1992 to freaking 2011.

1997: Maurice Taylor, Los Angeles Clippers

Taylor never amounted to much in the NBA and ended his career with Enel Brindisi, which is a basketball team, not a model Leonardo DiCaprio once dated.

1998: Michael Dickerson, Houston Rockets

The good: career averages of 15.4 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 2.6 assists. The bad: a career of only 212 games due to injuries.

1999: William Avery, Minnesota Timberwolves

When your entire career is three seasons with the Timberwolves and a stint six years later with something called the Energa Czarni Slupsk, well, that is not great.

2000: Mateen Cleaves, Detroit Pistons

Great college career followed by a nearly invisible professional career. He was like the Shabazz Napier of the 2000 draft.

2001: Troy Murphy, Golden State Warriors

Murphy earned about $70 million in his 11 seasons in the NBA. At times he had stretches when he was a useful player. More often, he was Josh McRoberts. The Heat's Josh McRoberts, not the good Josh McRoberts.

2002: Fred Jones, Indiana Pacers

Jones averaged 7.5 points a game from 2002-09 and finished his playing days with the Guangdong Southern Tigers. Guangdong is fun to say. Guangdong.

2003: Luke Ridnour, Seattle SuperSonics

He's Luke Ridnour. He somehow just retired last season. He was fine. If the Heat gets a Luke Ridnour with the 14th pick, that wouldn't be life-altering stuff.

2004: Kris Humphries, Utah Jazz

If not for Kim Kardashian, this dude would have been a star.

2005: Rashad McCants, Minnesota Timberwolves

If not for Khloé Kardashian, this dude would have been a star.

2006: Ronnie Brewer, Utah Jazz

Nothing special here. If the Heat is happy with a tenth man at the 14th spot, then, sure, this is good news.

2007: Al Thornton, Los Angeles Clippers

This guy looked like a beast coming out of FSU, but it just never happened. He played for the NLEX Road Warriors last season.

2008: Anthony Randolph, Golden State Warriors

Randolph plays for Real Madrid now. That's very good if he played soccer. Because he plays basketball, it's bad.

2009: Earl Clark, Phoenix Suns

I can't even copy and paste some of the teams he has played for because there are squiggly lines and all kinds of stuff going on. Trust me when I say he's not on the cusp of an NBA comeback.

2010: Patrick Patterson, Houston Rockets

Hey, a useful player! Patterson played 24 minutes a game of not-so-shitty basketball for the Raptors this season.

2011: Marcus Morris, Houston Rockets

Morris is another nice player. His twin brother who plays for the Wizards is better, but if the Heat scored Marcus Morris with the 14th pick, that wouldn't be the worst thing we've ever seen. We've seen Shabazz Napier.

2012: John Henson, Milwaukee Bucks

Henson is a long-armed dude who's still with the Bucks. He's aight.

2013: Shabazz Muhammad, Utah Jazz

To be determined, but so far the results aren't mind-blowing.

2014: T.J. Warren, Phoenix Suns

Warren is a promising player, averaging 14.4 points a game with the Suns this season. The Heat would take this.

2015: Cameron Payne, Oklahoma City Thunder

Payne is best known as Russell Westbrook's funny-haired pregame dance partner. The Heat doesn't have Russell Westbrook. If it did, it could afford to pick players who are better at dancing than playing basketball.

2016: Denzel Valentine, Chicago Bulls

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