Top 10 Miami Heat of All-Time

Top 10 Miami Heat of All-Time

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Honorable Mentions:

20. Jason Williams

19. Bimbo Coles

18. P.J. Brown

17. Ray Allen

16. Shane Battier

15. Sherman Douglas

14. Mario Chalmers

13. Steve Smith

12. Jamal Mashburn

11. Grant Long

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10. Eddie Jones

Seasons in Miami:

6 (2000-2005, 2006-2007)

Stats w/ the Heat

16.0 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 3.0 APG, 1.9 Stocks, 42.8 FG%

Better known for his days with the Los Angeles Lakers, Eddie Jones arrived in Miami and remained a scoring threat. He signed with the Heat in 2000, just as the franchise was entering a brief stretch of struggle and disappointment. However, he came to Miami with eight years of experience and quickly became a fan favorite in South Beach. Jones was primarily a scorer, and during his best year with the Heat, Jones averaged 18.5 points per game in 2002-03 – his average throughout Miami was 16.0 PPG. Unfortunately for Jones, he would end up missing out on Miami’s title by one year. After the 2005 season, a year when Miami felt short of the Finals after losing to the Detroit Pistons, Jones was dealt to the Memphis Grizzlies for James Posey and Jason Williams. Posey and Williams would both be instrumental in the Heat’s title run the following season. Jones returned to the Heat for a brief 35 games in 2006-07, as he filled in for the injured Dwyane Wade.

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9. Rony Seikaly

Seasons in Miami:

6 (1988-1994)

Stats w/ the Heat

15.4 PPG, 10.4 RPG, 1.3 APG, 2.1 Stocks, 48.3 FG%

In many ways, Rony Seikaly, who was the Miami Heat’s very first draft pick in franchise history, was symbolic of the organization’s growth and steady improvement. When he was drafted, Seikaly was viewed by many as a rough project with potential, but after steadily improving each of his first five seasons, Seikaly proved to be a project Miami still thinks fondly of to this day. He went on to play six of his 12 seasons in the NBA with the Heat, averaging a double-double in five of them. Seikaly’s 15.4 points and 10.4 rebounds per game in a Miami uniform solidify his place as one of its top centers and best players in general. The big-mans efforts have him placed fourth in points scored, third in total rebounds and third in blocked shots. He has also played the eighth-most games for the Heat and remains one of the most iconic and effective players in their history.

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8. Glen Rice

Seasons in Miami:

6 (1989-1995)

Stats w/ the Heat

19.3 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 2.2 APG, 1.5 Stocks, 45.9 FG%

Glen Rice had an extremely productive NBA career, and his numbers during his time with Heat reflect this perfectly. With Miami coming into the league as an expansion team in 1988, Rice was taken fourth overall in the 1989 draft and immediately established himself as a scoring threat. The 6’8″ forward averaged 19.2 points per game with the Heat, scoring 22.3 per game in 79 games in just his third season in the league. This accolade denoted Rice as the first Miami player to average more than 20 points in a season, as he led the team to its first playoff berth. So it’s easy to see why Heat lifers have a special place in their basketball hearts for Mr. Rice. Even though the team never went any further with Rice as their leader, Heat fans can thank him for being the main asset in the trade between Miami and the Hornets, which sent Alonzo Mourning to South Beach. Rice also ranks fifth in games played with Miami. He’s second in field goals made and attempted, third in three-point field goals made and attempted, seventh in rebounding, ninth in assists and third in points. A great player for this franchise, Glen Rice deserves a top ten spot.

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7. Udonis Haslem

Seasons in Miami:

12 (2003-Present)

Stats w/ the Heat

8.2 PPG, 7.2 RPG, 0.9 APG, 0.8 Stocks, 49.3 FG%

Udonis Haslem may not be half as talented as a majority of the guys on this list, but he has truly become the essence of Miami Heat basketball. The Miami native and former Florida Gator is known for his hustle, toughness and grit and grind mentality on the court. He was an undrafted free agent when Miami signed him 2003 and has played with a chip on his shoulder ever since. He owns the franchise record for most games played with a total of 777. He also owns the franchise record for rebounds with his total of 5,50-. When Miami signed LeBron James and Chris Bosh back in the summer of 2010, Haslem took less money to remain at home with his family and with the Heat franchise. A gesture that proved he really does love the organization, the city of Miami and of course, the great fans of the Heat. His career average of 8.2 PPG, 7.2 RPG, 0.9 APG, 0.8 Stocks, 49.3 FG% doesn’t jump off the page, but we all know that really doesn’t matter. Three rings and countless number of fans later, Haslem is a Heat great and if you don’t think he deserve a top 10 spot on this list, you probably don’t know what you are talking about.

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