The Best Miami Heat Players of All Time

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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
    Shooting guard
    4,406 votes
    • Age: 41
    • Birthplace: USA, Chicago, Illinois
    • Number: 3
    • Teams: Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers

    A cornerstone of the Miami Heat franchise, Dwyane Wade's illustrious career includes three NBA Championships and countless clutch performances that solidified his status as one of the premier shooting guards in league history. Known for his relentless work ethic, exceptional athleticism, and innate ability to rise to the occasion, Wade became synonymous with winning and leadership. Forever etched in the hearts of Heat fans, his impact on the organization and the city of Miami is truly immeasurable.

  • LeBron James
    Small Forward
    4,079 votes
    • Age: 38
    • Birthplace: Akron, Ohio, USA
    • Number: 23
    • Teams: Los Angeles Lakers

    Despite spending just four seasons in a Miami Heat uniform, LeBron James left an indelible mark on the franchise, expertly shouldering the responsibility of carrying the team to new heights. As the orchestrator of the "Heatles" era, James dominated the league with his unprecedented combination of size, strength, skill, and basketball IQ. This larger-than-life figure's tenure in Miami resulted in four consecutive NBA Finals appearances and two championships, forever solidifying his place in the pantheon of basketball greatness.

  • Alonzo Mourning
    2,555 votes
    • Age: 53
    • Birthplace: USA, Virginia
    • Number: 33
    • Teams: Miami Heat, Brooklyn Nets, Charlotte Hornets

    Renowned for his ferocious defensive prowess as the anchor of Miami Heat teams throughout the '90s and early 2000s, Alonzo Mourning epitomized the resilient spirit of the franchise. His shot-blocking ability and intense competitiveness were hallmarks of his game, making him a nightmare for opponents in the paint. Earning a cherished championship ring in 2006, Mourning's relentless determination and dedication to the game will always be remembered by Heat fans.

  • Chris Bosh
    Power forward
    2,597 votes
    • Age: 39
    • Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, USA
    • Number: 1
    • Teams: Miami Heat, Toronto Raptors

    Often referred to as the "silent assassin" due to his unassuming nature, Chris Bosh was an integral part of the Heat's vaunted Big Three - providing versatility on both ends of the floor while seamlessly blending into the background. With his lethal mid-range game and ability to stretch the floor, he proved to be the perfect complement to LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. A key cog in the machine that won two championships, Bosh's impact on the Miami Heat will never be forgotten.

  • Shaquille O'Neal
    2,717 votes
    • Age: 51
    • Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, USA
    • Number: 33
    • Teams: Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic, Boston Celtics

    The Diesel, a nickname earned due to his sheer size and dominance, Shaquille O'Neal played an important role in transforming the Miami Heat into a championship contender. Alongside Dwyane Wade, he helped bring the first-ever NBA title to South Beach in 2006. His larger-than-life personality and undeniable talent made him an unforgettable figure in Heat history.

  • Tim Hardaway
    Point guard
    1,988 votes
    • Age: 57
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA
    • Number: 10
    • Teams: Indiana Pacers, Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat, Denver Nuggets

    The floor general of the late '90s Miami Heat, Tim Hardaway possessed a killer crossover that left defenders grasping at air. An offensive dynamo, his playmaking abilities and scoring prowess made him a nightmare for opponents. Laying the foundation for future success, Hardaway's contributions to the organization will always hold a special place in the annals of Heat history.