If you’re into NBA, you might probably place your bet for this team. Miam Heat had been catching great attentions to their fans for so long that every game will always be one of the most awaited.
Miami Heat is a professional and well-known basketball team of National Basketball Association (NBA) from Miami, Florida. This is owned by American businessman Micky Arison who also owns the Giant Corporation. On the other hand, Miami Heat is presided by the professional basketball executive Pat Riley while being coach by Erik Spoelstra – the first Asian – American head coach to win in NBA Championship.
Miami Heat was formed in 1988 and was considered as NBA’s expansion franchises. All through the years, the team had won five conference titles, 11 division titles and three league championships. They also outshine more when they won 27 games one after the other – this is the second-longest streak preceding LA Lakers with 33 wins.
The team’s considered rivals are the teams of New York Kicks, Chicago Bulls, Orlando Magic, and Boston Celtics. Miami Heat has also been burning Indiana Pacers and Dallas Mavericks seeing them as one of their opponent as well.
Here are the best players of Miami Heat:
10. Eddie Jones
As for the 10th best player for Miami Heat, it’s none other than Eddie Jones. Eddie Jones was a former guard-forward of the Charlotte Hornets way back in 2000. It was in 2005 when he switched team and joined Miami Heat.
Eddie Jones was also considered as the Player of the Year for Atlantic 10 from 1993 to 1994. He was also selected as the tenth among the NBA Draft way back in 1994, as well. While a member of the heat, Eddie did his best job and has defended the best perimeter player, making him a 3-time NBA All-Star.
9. Grant Long
Known for a tough rebounding and aggressive defensing, Grant Long is considered as the ninth best Miami Heat Player of all time. He is also the 33rd notable player of the team, chosen by Heat itself in the first draft.
For over 15 years in his sports career, Grant Long had played more than a thousand games. Standing 6”9 tall, Long had played two seasons for Miami Heat, two separate Stints with the Hawks and would also have some game for Boston Celtics and Detroit Pistons.
When Giant Long had finally ended his career in NBA, he had total of 6,154 rebounds and 9,518 total points.
8. Shaquille O’Neal
He may be a former member of the other team, but Shaquille O’Neal remain one of the best Miami Heat players in the 8th position of this chart.
From 1996 to 2006, Shaquille had been a great player for Los Angeles Lakers. It was in 2004 when he joined the fire with Miami Heat and began playing with them, too. Shaq had won with the team against Dallas Mavericks way back in 2006 NBA Finals. In 2005 and 2006, he had continuous runs to the Conference Finals.
Just so you know, besides playing basketball, Shaquille is also knows as a rapper, actor and now as the analyst for the postgame show called Inside NBA.
7. Rony Seikaly
Number 7 among the best Miami Heat players of all time is Rony Seikaly. He had played his role for quite a long time as well, earning him another spot in this chart.
It was in 1988 when he became part of the team, considered as the 9th pick on the 1988 NBA Draft on the first round. From being the new player in Miami Heat, Rony Seikaly became of the most essential in the team and was also considered as one of the top young centers.
In the game, Seikaly was often referred to as “The Spin Doctor” for his low-post signature spin moves and was also named as NBA’s Most Imporved Player way back in 1990.
6. Glen Rice
He may be considered as the sixt best player of all time among the Heat Player, but Glen Rice is also considered as one of the most notable players of the team.
It was his best performance way back in NCAA Tournament that made him caught the attention of Miami Heat. Glen Rice is the 4th forward of Miami Heat way back in 1989. However, he had been part of the team since 1989 and left for Charlotte Hornets in 1995.
It was in 1985 when Rice won the NBA All-Star Long Distance Shootout at the 1995 All-Star game in Phoenix. Along with these, Rice also have numerous highlights concerning NBA.
5. Udonis Haslem
Udonis Haslem is considered as the fifth best player for Miami Heat in this chart. Haslem has won three championships while still with the team.
In 2003, Udonis Haslem signed the Heat as the undrafted rookie. He played so well that he was named NBA All-Rookie Second Team. Haslem had been a great player in the team that even made Shaquilled O’Neal amazed and complimented him.
Udonis Haslem’s tough rebounding had helped Miami to reach 2006 NBA title and almost another last season. Other team had offered him more money to resign or switched teams from Miami. However, he remains loyal to Heat and Coach Erik.
4. Tim Hardaway
As for the fourth best Miami Heat player of all time, it is none other than Tim Hardaway. He was dubbed by many TV analysts as “UTEP Two-Steps” because of his overwhelming crossover dribble that inspired many young aspiring basketball players.
Tim Hardaway was a former player of California-based American basketball team Golden State Warriors. It was in 1996 when he joined Miami Heat and eventually became their point guard. Although he is retired, Tim Hardaway remains the all-time leader of Miami Heat when it comes to three-point field goals. His skills on basketball was seems to be passed on to his son, Tim Hardaway Jr.
3. LeBron James
Who wouldn’t know the third player of all time in this chart? Come on, it’s LeBron James.
Anyway, Lebron James was the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player (MVP) for NBA Finals 2012 and 2013, in which he had won championship with the two games. Aside from that, he had also won four NBA Most Valuable Player Awards, an NBA scoring title, two Olympic gold medals and NBA Rookie of the Year Award. James is also known as the Cavaliers’ all-time leading scorer. Aside from those award, he was also chosen and included to ten All-NBA teams and ten NBA All-Star teams.
2. Alonzo Mourning
Second to the number one best player of all time in Miami Heat is Alonzo Mourning. He was so famous and legendary in basketball industry that he was chosen to be part of Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.
Alonzo Mourning was actually a player from Charlotte Hornets in which he played from 1992 to 1995. It was in 1995 when he joined Miami Heat and became the center. Mourning was a 2-time Defensive Player in 1999 and 2000 and was also a 5-time All Star. During his game with Miami Heat, Alonzo Mourning was also renowned for his threatening shot blocking.
1. Dwyane Wade
And now we’re down to the best-est player of all time in Miami Heat – it’s none other than Dwayne Wade. Unlike most of the players above, Wade is still playing with Heat until now and considered as the most popular in the team.
It was in 3rd Season when Dwayne Wade did his job and led Miami Heat to Championship. All through the year, he had won various awards and honors. He was crowned as NBA All-Star for ten times from 2005 until 2014. In 2008, he had won Gold medal with Team USA during Gold medal with Team USA. Dwayne Wade is also the Miami Heat all-time assists leader and Miami Heat all-time leading scorer.