Before we take a look at some intriguing prospects for the Heat at the end of the first round in the 2012 NBA Draft, let’s take notice of a few Pat Riley draft trends:
1. Miami’s last five picks were all college seniors. Call it the Michael Beasley Effect if you’d like but Riles likes his products aged ever since B-Easy tore up South Beach.
2. The last Heat rookie to start was Dwyane Wade in 2003. So don’t start plugging anyone into the first five just yet regardless of who is selected.
3. Historically the Heat haven’t drafted well, on the WHOLE, but rather find their rotation players through free agency and trade.
(Only Wade and Cole were rotation players last year who were actually drafted by Miami)
4. Pat Riley apparently despises international players. Since his arrival as Head Coach and later President, only one foreign player was selected. They took Stanko Barac with the 39th overall pick in 2007 and immediately traded his rights to the Pacers, meaning they probably never really drafted him in the first place. He has never played in an NBA game. Here’s a lovely picture of Stanko.
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