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Top Ten Miami Heat of All-Time

 

We’ve hit the dog days of the NBA summer.  All the big name free agents have been snatched up.  Summer league is over.  Training camps are still weeks away.  So, now is the perfect time to reminisce a bit.  The Hoops Manifesto has gathered together a stellar collection of Bloguin basketball writers to determine the top ten players all-time for each of the 30 NBA franchises.  Next up: the Miami Heat.

  

Voting panel: Jeff Fox from The Hoops Manifesto, College Wolf from the TWolves Blog, Don from With Malice, Philip from Orlando Magic Daily and Diego from Leaving It All On The Court.

 

10) Steve Smith – Miami Heat – 1991 – 1994

Heat accomplishments:

- NBA All-Rookie Team

“A solid role player during his first three seasons in the NBA, Smith helped the hardcore Heat fan endure prior to Pat Riley’s arrival to the franchise. He had flair, but overall, he played the game the way it’s supposed to be played.” – Diego Quezada

“I heckled Steve Smith relentlessly while he was playing for the U.S. at the 1994 FIBA World Championships.  Shame on me.” – Jeff Fox

9) P.J. Brown – Miami Heat - 1996 – 2000

Heat accomplishments:

- NBA leader in games played in 1998/99
- two-time NBA All-Defensive Team

“The ideal power forward for Zo, Brown always provided about 10 points and eight rebounds. Although his numbers aren’t eye-popping, he was one of the toughest players in the League.” – Diego Quezada

8) Udonis Haslem – Miami Heat – 2003 – present

Heat accomplishments:

- member of the 2006 Heat NBA championship team
- NBA All-Rookie Team

“Haslem will probably never make the All-Star team, but is one of the few players in this League who can affect the game without having the ball in his hands. What he lacks in size, Haslem more than makes up for in heart and hustle.” – Diego Quezada

“Gritty and productive undersized big man.  Knows his role and fulfills it admirably.  Contributed meaningfully to the team’s only championship.” – College Wolf

7) Rony Seikaly – Miami Heat – 1988 – 1994

Heat accomplishments:

- NBA Most Improved Player

“In many ways, Seikaly’s play mirrored the team that chose him as its first first round pick. He struggled early on, but steadily improved thereafter, developing effective low post moves.” – Diego Quezada

“Whilst Rony wasn’t as big as some of the centers around when he joined the NBA in the 1988 draft, he was quicker, and more agile.  He was a harbinger of things to come.” – Don

“You thought he had nice spin moves in the post, well check out his spin moves on the wheels of steel.” - Jeff Fox

6) Eddie Jones – Miami Heat – 2000 – 2005, 2007

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Heat accomplishments:

- ninth all-time in three-pointers (made & attempted) in the NBA

“Jones provided scoring and leadership during some of the team’s more dreary periods in recent memory – the early 2000s. He took Wade under his wing when the No. 5 pick of the ’03 Draft was just a rookie and shaped him into the player he is today.” – Diego Quezada

5) Shaquille O’Neal – Miami Heat – 2004 – 2008

Heat accomplishments:

- member of 2006 Heat NBA championship team
- NBA leader in field goal % in 2004/05 & 2005/06
- three-time NBA All-Star
- two-time All-NBA selection

“He had a very good season in 2004-05 and helped Miami win the title in 2006, but his ill-mannered departure left many Heat fans with a sour taste in their mouths. Neither Riley nor Wade wanted Shaq back for an encore this season.” – Diego Quezada

“Shaq transformed the Heat from good team with a great young star (Wade) into a championship quality team. Miami got him toward the end of his prime and got a couple good years out of him. Then Shaq became Shaq and forced his way out and left on bad terms. But Miami will likely be very thankful he made good on his promise when the team acquired him from Los Angeles.” – Philip

4) Glen Rice – Miami Heat – 1989 – 1995

Heat accomplishments:

- eighth all-time in three-pointers made in the NBA
- NBA leader in games played in 1994/95
- NBA All-Rookie Team

“When a young team searched for a star, G-Money became a fan favorite with his smooth stroke. He helped Miami reach the playoffs faster than its expansion peers, the Orlando Magic, Minnesota Timberwolves and Charlotte Hornets.” – Diego Quezada

“The sharpshooter spent the first six years of his career in Miami and set the tone for what he would later do in Charlotte (even winning an All Star MVP). Rice shot better than 38 percent from beyond the three-point line in every year but his rookie season. He continually got better and helped lead Miami to its first playoff appearance in 1992, where he averaged 19.0 points per game in a three-game sweep to the eventual champion Chicago.” – Philip

“Glen Rice quickly developed into the scorer that Miami so needed in 1989.  His worth is undeniable, both with a sweet outside shot that produced 20 points per contest… and in his trade value, which brought Alonzo Mourning to the Heat.” – Don

“When I think of the Miami Heat, Glen Rice is the man I think of.  Which probably means I live in the past too much.” – Jeff Fox

3) Tim Hardaway – Miami Heat – 1996 – 2001

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Heat accomplishments:

- jersey number (10) retired by the Heat
- Heat all-time leader in three-pointers (made & attempted)
- tenth all-time in three-pointers made in the NBA
- fourth all-time in three-pointers attempted in the NBA
- two-time NBA All-Star
- three-time All-NBA selection

“Zo may have been the heart and soul of the Heat in the ’90s, but it was Hardaway who was the dynamic scorer who was called upon to make the big shots. A scoring point guard who didn’t abandon distributing the ball, the Heat has struggled to find a point guard half as good as him since he left.” – Diego Quezada

“Easily the best point man that Miami’s ever had.  He of the Killer Crossover – in tandem with Zo – transformed the Heat from perennial doormat to a contender.  In ’96/97, he even lead the team in both points and assists – a rare feat.  He was a true playmaker with a knack for scoring.” - Don

2) Alonzo Mourning – Miami Heat – 1995 – 2002, 2005 – 2008

Heat accomplishments:

- jersey number (33) retired by the Heat
- Heat all-time leader in games, rebounds (offensive & defensive) & blocks
- tenth all-time in blocks in the NBA
- sixth all-time in blocks per game in the NBA
- member of 2006 Heat NBA championship team
- NBA leader in blocks in 1998/99 & 1999/00
- NBA leader in blocks per game in 1998/99 & 1999/00
- five-time NBA All-Star
- two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year
- NBA All-Rookie Team
- two-time NBA All-Defensive Team selection
- two-time All-NBA selection

“Aside from his philanthropic efforts, Zo epitomized the Heat in the late ’90s: intense, defensive-oriented and strong. The NBA has always had a lot of good competitors and a few great competitors; Zo is a great competitor. He always left it all on the court, which inspired the name of my blog.” – Diego Quezada

“To this day, when I think of incredible passion for the game, Zo’s one of the first names that comes to mind.  As mentioned earlier, Zo and Tim Hardaway turned Miami into a true contender.  The leader of a team that won four consecutive Atlantic Division titles, he was phenomenal at both ends of the floor.  The Heat’s only DPoY… and truly a warrior of the hardwood.” – Don

1) Dwyane Wade – Miami Heat – 2003 – present

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Heat accomplishments:

- Heat all-time leader in minutes, field goals (made & attempted), free throws (made & attempted), assists, steals & points
- member of 2006 Heat NBA championship team
- NBA Finals MVP
- tenth all-time in points per game in the NBA
- NBA leader in field goals (made & attempted) in 2008/09
- NBA leader in points in 2008/09
- NBA leader in points per game in 2008/09
- six-time NBA All-Star selection
- NBA All-Rookie Team
- three-time NBA All-Defensive Team selection
- five-time All-NBA selection

“Overlooked during the ’03 Draft and still an underappreciated superstar, Wade has shone these past seven years with the Heat. His performance in Game 3 of the 2006 Finals – willing his team to win after being behind by 13 with six minutes left — is the franchise’s signature moment. There’s a reason why he was in the middle when he, LeBron and Bosh were introduced.” – Diego Quezada

“Seems to initially be a fairly obvious entry.  However, and believe it or not, Zo Mourning is only five win shares and 2500 points behind.  I wouldn’t have guessed.  But I think everyone would agree D-Wade clearly gets the nod here.” – College Wolf

“Wade won Miami’s title. Not Shaq. Not Jason Williams or Gary Payton. Wade did it. He won four games in the NBA Finals while the rest of his teammates piggybacked their way to the finish line. OK, Wade had some help from Dirk Nowitzki. But kidding aside, Wade’s performance in the 2006 Finals was one of the greatest individual Finals performances in league history. When Wade is healthy - and who knows what would have happened in 2005 if he were healthy for Game Seven — he is pretty much unstoppable going to the basket.” – Philip

“No matter what happens from this point forward, I will always regard Miami as “Dwyane’s team”.” – Don

 

Previous franchises done: Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Golden State, Houston, Indiana, Clippers, Lakers, Memphis.

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