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The Best Miami Heat Players of All Time

Updated April 10, 2020 36.1k votes 5.3k voters 66.4k views61 items

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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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  • 1
    Dwyane Wade is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Miami Heat Players of All Time
    3,143
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    Dwyane Wade

    Point guard, Shooting guard

    Age37

    BirthplaceUSA, Chicago, Illinois

    Number3

    TeamsMiami Heat

  • 2
    LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Miami Heat Players of All Time
    2,815
    680

    LeBron James

    Small forward, Power forward

    Age35

    BirthplaceAkron, Ohio, United States of America

    Number23

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

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  • 3
    Alonzo Mourning is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Miami Heat Players of All Time
    1,629
    427

    Age49

    BirthplaceChesapeake, Virginia, United States of America

    TeamsBrooklyn Nets, Charlotte Hornets, Miami Heat

  • 4
    Tim Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Miami Heat Players of All Time
    1,289
    278

    Tim Hardaway

    Point guard

    Age53

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    TeamsIndiana Pacers, Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat, Denver Nuggets

  • 5
    Chris Bosh is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Miami Heat Players of All Time
    1,721
    456

    Chris Bosh

    Power forward

    Age35

    BirthplaceDallas, Texas, United States of America

    Number1

    TeamsToronto Raptors

  • 6
    Shaquille O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Miami Heat Players of All Time
    1,802
    510

    Age47

    BirthplaceNewark, New Jersey, United States of America

    TeamsPhoenix Suns, Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat

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  • 7
    Glen Rice is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Miami Heat Players of All Time
    990
    265

    Glen Rice

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age52

    BirthplaceFlint, Michigan, USA

    TeamsHouston Rockets, Charlotte Hornets, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Clippers

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  • 8
    Ray Allen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Miami Heat Players of All Time
    1,273
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    Ray Allen

    Shooting guard

    Age44

    BirthplaceMerced, California, United States of America

    Number34

    TeamsBoston Celtics, Seattle Supersonics, Milwaukee Bucks

  • 9
    Udonis Haslem is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Miami Heat Players of All Time
    867
    370

    Udonis Haslem

    Power forward

    Age39

    BirthplaceMiami, Florida

    Number40

    TeamsMiami Heat

  • 10
    Jason Williams is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Miami Heat Players of All Time
    460
    158

    Jason Williams

    Point guard

    Age44

    BirthplaceBelle, West Virginia

    TeamsSacramento Kings, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat

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  • 11
    Goran Dragić is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Miami Heat Players of All Time
    642
    281

    Goran Dragić

    Point guard, Shooting guard

    Age34

    BirthplaceLjubljana, Slovenia

    Number7

    TeamsMiami Heat

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  • 12
    Gary Payton is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Miami Heat Players of All Time
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    Gary Payton

    Point guard

    Age51

    BirthplaceOakland, California, United States of America

    TeamsBoston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, Seattle Supersonics, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks

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  • 13
    Steve Smith is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Miami Heat Players of All Time
    415
    211

    Steve Smith

    Shooting guard

    Age50

    BirthplaceDetroit, Highland Park, Michigan

    TeamsCharlotte Bobcats, Atlanta Hawks, Portland Trail Blazers, New Orleans Pelicans, Miami Heat

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  • 14
    Eddie Jones is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Miami Heat Players of All Time
    463
    270

    Eddie Jones

    Shooting guard

    Age48

    BirthplacePompano Beach, Florida

    TeamsDallas Mavericks, Charlotte Hornets, Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat

  • 15
    Shane Battier is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Miami Heat Players of All Time
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    193

    Shane Battier

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age41

    BirthplaceBirmingham, Michigan

    Number31

    TeamsHouston Rockets, Memphis Grizzlies

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  • 16
    Mike Miller is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Miami Heat Players of All Time
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    131

    Mike Miller

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age39

    BirthplaceMitchell, South Dakota

    Number13

    TeamsOrlando Magic, 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
    339
    196

    Age54

    BirthplaceBeirut, Lebanon

    TeamsBrooklyn Nets, Orlando Magic, Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat

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  • 18
    Hassan Whiteside is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Miami Heat Players of All Time
    765
    481

    Age30

    BirthplaceGastonia, North Carolina

    Number21

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers

  • 19
    Bam Adebayo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Miami Heat Players of All Time
    251
    16

    Bam Adebayo

    Power forward / Center

    Number13

    TeamsMiami Heat

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  • 20
    Josh Richardson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Miami Heat Players of All Time
    231
    77

    Age26

    BirthplaceEdmond, Oklahoma

    Number0

    TeamsPhiladelphia 76ers

  • 21
    Dan Majerle is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Miami Heat Players of All Time
    279
    169

    Dan Majerle

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age54

    BirthplaceMichigan, USA, Traverse City

    TeamsPhoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat

  • 22
    Jimmy Butler is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Miami Heat Players of All Time
    135
    2

    Jimmy Butler

    Small forward

    Age30

    BirthplaceHouston, Texas

    Number21

    TeamsMiami Heat

  • 23
    Mario Chalmers is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Miami Heat Players of All Time
    434
    304

    Mario Chalmers

    Point guard

    Age33

    BirthplaceAnchorage, Alaska

    Number15

  • 24
    Tyler Herro is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Miami Heat Players of All Time
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    5

    Tyler Herro

    Shooting guard

    Number14

    TeamsMiami Heat

  • 25
    Chris Andersen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Miami Heat Players of All Time
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    204

    Chris Andersen

    Power forward, Center

    Age41

    BirthplaceLong Beach, California

    Number11

    TeamsNew Orleans Pelicans, Denver Nuggets

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