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The Best Miami Heat Players of All Time 

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List Rules Please rank the players based on their time with the Heat

A list of the best Miami Heat of all time. Formed in 1988, the Miami Heat are the most successful of the recent NBA expansion teams. Though it took four years for the team to make its first appearance in the playoffs, Miami has more than made up for lost time. Under the leadership of Pat Riley, Miami has had some of the best basketball players of all time on its roster. Beginning with the acquisition of Alonzo Mourning from Charlotte, the Heat have always had a superstar on its roster. While superstars are generally the best players for the team, it doesn't always equal playoff success.

Once the team drafted Dwyane Wade in 2003, it helped provide the foundation for the most prosperous period in the team's history. After Wade, the team traded for Shaquille O'Neal and together the duo helped the Heat win its first NBA title in 2006. After a few years clearing cap space, Miami landed the greatest free agent class in NBA history when it signed LeBron James, the best current player in the league and Chris Bosh. With Wade, James and Bosh, Miami went to three NBA Finals, winning two of them. The sky is the limit for Miami, as long as the best players in Heat history can stay healthy. These players have the potential to be considered the greatest of all time if they continue to win championships.

This is the list of the best Miami Heat players of all time. If you think someone is missing from this list, feel free to add him. Vote or rerank this list so it best reflects who you think are the greatest players in Miami Heat history. 
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Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Miami Heat Players of All Time
Point guard and Shooting guard from Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Age: 37

Number: 3

Teams: Miami Heat

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LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Miami Heat Players of All Time
Small forward and Power forward from Akron, Ohio, United States of America

Age: 35

Number: 23

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers

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Alonzo Mourning is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Miami Heat Players of All Time
Center from Chesapeake, Virginia, United States of America

Age: 49

Teams: Brooklyn Nets, Charlotte Hornets, Miami Heat

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4
Tim Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Miami Heat Players of All Time
Point guard from Chicago, Illinois, USA

Age: 53

Teams: Indiana Pacers, Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat, Denver Nuggets

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5
Chris Bosh is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Miami Heat Players of All Time
Power forward from Dallas, Texas, United States of America

Age: 35

Number: 1

Teams: Toronto Raptors

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Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Miami Heat Players of All Time
Center from Newark, New Jersey, United States of America

Age: 47

Teams: Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat

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Ray Allen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Miami Heat Players of All Time
Shooting guard from Merced, California, United States of America

Age: 44

Number: 34

Teams: Boston Celtics, Seattle Supersonics, Milwaukee Bucks

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Glen Rice is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Miami Heat Players of All Time
Shooting guard and Small forward from Flint, Michigan, United States of America

Age: 52

Teams: Houston Rockets, Charlotte Hornets, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Clippers, + more

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Udonis Haslem is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Miami Heat Players of All Time
Power forward from Miami, Florida

Age: 39

Number: 40

Teams: Miami Heat

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Gary Payton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Miami Heat Players of All Time
Point guard from Oakland, California, United States of America

Age: 51

Teams: Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle Supersonics, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks

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Hassan Whiteside is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Miami Heat Players of All Time
Center from Gastonia, North Carolina

Age: 30

Number: 21

Teams: Portland Trail Blazers

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Steve Smith is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Miami Heat Players of All Time
Shooting guard from Detroit, Highland Park, Michigan

Age: 50

Teams: Charlotte Bobcats, Atlanta Hawks, Portland Trail Blazers, New Orleans Pelicans, Miami Heat

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Goran Dragić is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Miami Heat Players of All Time
jessen-cheng added Point guard and Shooting guard from Ljubljana, Slovenia

Age: 33

Number: 7

Teams: Miami Heat

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Eddie Jones is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Miami Heat Players of All Time
Shooting guard from Pompano Beach, Florida

Age: 48

Teams: Dallas Mavericks, Charlotte Hornets, Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat

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15
Jason Williams is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Miami Heat Players of All Time
Point guard from Belle, West Virginia

Age: 44

Teams: Sacramento Kings, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat

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Shane Battier is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Miami Heat Players of All Time
Shooting guard and Small forward from Birmingham, Michigan

Age: 41

Number: 31

Teams: Houston Rockets, Memphis Grizzlies

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17
Rony Seikaly is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Miami Heat Players of All Time
Center from Beirut, Lebanon

Age: 54

Teams: Brooklyn Nets, Orlando Magic, Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat

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18
Mario Chalmers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Miami Heat Players of All Time
19
Mike Miller is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Miami Heat Players of All Time
Shooting guard and Small forward from Mitchell, South Dakota

Age: 39

Number: 13

Teams: Orlando Magic, Memphis Grizzlies

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20
Chris Andersen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Miami Heat Players of All Time
bigulcards added Power forward and Center from Long Beach, California

Age: 41

Number: 11

Teams: New Orleans Pelicans, Denver Nuggets

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Dan Majerle is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Miami Heat Players of All Time
Shooting guard and Small forward from Traverse City, Michigan, United States of America

Age: 54

Teams: Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat

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Small forward from New York City, New York

Age: 47

Teams: Dallas Mavericks, Charlotte Hornets, New Orleans Pelicans, Miami Heat

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23
P. J. Brown is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Miami Heat Players of All Time
Power forward and Center from Detroit, Michigan

Age: 50

Teams: Brooklyn Nets, Boston Celtics, Charlotte Hornets, New Orleans Pelicans, Miami Heat, + more

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Justise Winslow is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Miami Heat Players of All Time
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Number: 20

Teams: Miami Heat

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Josh Richardson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Miami Heat Players of All Time
mcminnmt added Guard from Edmond, Oklahoma

Age: 26

Number: 0

Teams: Philadelphia 76ers

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