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The Best Miami Heat Players of All Time

Updated April 10, 2020 35.7k votes 5.4k voters 67.4k 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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  • Dwyane Wade1
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    Dwyane Wade

    Shooting guard

    Age38

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    Number3

    TeamsMiami Heat, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers

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    #451 of 583 The Greatest Entertainers of All Time#24 of 73 The Greatest Chicago Bulls of All Time

  • LeBron James2
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    LeBron James

    Power forward

    Age36

    BirthplaceAkron, Ohio, United States of America

    Number23

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

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    The Best LeBron 15 Colorways, Ranked#245 of 269 The Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the World

  • Tim Hardaway3
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    Tim Hardaway

    Point guard

    Age54

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

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

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    #15 of 24 The Best NCAA Point Guards of the '80s#6 of 13 The 13 Worst In-Season NBA Trades

  • Chris Bosh4
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    Chris Bosh

    Power forward

    Age36

    BirthplaceDallas, Texas, United States of America

    Number1

    TeamsToronto Raptors

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    #123 of 126 The All-Time Best Voice Actors#4 of 27 The Greatest Georgia Tech Basketball Players of All Time

  • Alonzo Mourning5
    1,605
    416

    Age49

    BirthplaceChesapeake, Virginia, United States of America

    Number33

    TeamsMiami Heat, Brooklyn Nets, Charlotte Hornets

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    #3 of 22 The Greatest Georgetown Basketball Players of All Time#52 of 168 The Greatest Power Forwards in NBA History

  • Shaquille O'Neal6
    1,767
    501

    Age48

    BirthplaceNewark, New Jersey, United States of America

    Number33

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic, Boston Celtics

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    #1020 of 2,443 The Most Influential People of All Time#706 of 1,427 The Best Athletes Of All Time

  • Glen Rice7
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    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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    #91 of 786 The Top NBA Players Of All Time#1 of 46 The Greatest Michigan Basketball Players of All Time

  • Ray Allen8
    1,245
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    Ray Allen

    Shooting guard

    Age44

    BirthplaceMerced, California, United States of America

    Number34

    TeamsBoston Celtics, Seattle Supersonics, Milwaukee Bucks

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    #1 of 41 The Greatest UConn Basketball Players of All Time#12 of 31 The Most Successful NBA Free Agent Acquistions

  • Udonis Haslem9
    860
    368

    Udonis Haslem

    Power forward

    Age39

    BirthplaceMiami, Florida

    Number40

    TeamsMiami Heat

  • Jason Williams10
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    167

    Jason Williams

    Point guard

    Age44

    BirthplaceBelle, West Virginia

    TeamsSacramento Kings, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat

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    #53 of 77 US Men’s Olympic Basketball All-Time Dream Team#9 of 88 The Best Sacramento Kings of All Time

  • Goran Dragić11
    643
    276

    Goran Dragić

    Point guard, Shooting guard

    Age34

    BirthplaceLjubljana, Slovenia

    Number7

    TeamsMiami Heat

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    #92 of 161 The Best NBA Players With No Championship Rings#27 of 232 The Best White Players in NBA History

  • Gary Payton12
    588
    307

    Gary Payton

    Point guard

    Age52

    BirthplaceOakland, California, United States of America

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

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    #42 of 133 The Best Boston Celtics of All Time#13 of 150 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History

  • Steve Smith13
    407
    208

    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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    #94 of 227 The Greatest Offensive Players in NBA History#26 of 27 The Best NCAA Shooting Guards of the 90s

  • Eddie Jones14
    453
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    Eddie Jones

    Shooting guard

    Age48

    BirthplacePompano Beach, Florida

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

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    #12 of 66 The Best Charlotte Hornets Players of All Time, Ranked#14 of 32 The Best NBA Shooting Guards of the 90s

  • Shane Battier15
    348
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    Shane Battier

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age42

    BirthplaceBirmingham, Michigan

    Number31

    TeamsHouston Rockets, Memphis Grizzlies

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    #6 of 76 The Greatest Duke Basketball Players of All Time#47 of 163 The Smartest Professional Athletes

  • Mike Miller16
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    Mike Miller

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age40

    BirthplaceMitchell, South Dakota

    Number13

    TeamsOrlando Magic, Memphis Grizzlies

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    #58 of 69 All NBA Rookie Of The Year Award Winners, Ranked#30 of 40 The Coolest Celebrities Who Play Fantasy Football

  • Rony Seikaly17
    337
    191

    Age55

    BirthplaceBeirut, Lebanon

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

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    #85 of 165 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time#65 of 107 The Best Foreign NBA Players of All Time

  • Bam Adebayo18
    272
    17

    Bam Adebayo

    Power forward, Center

    Number13

    TeamsMiami Heat

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    #14 of 141 The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time#10 of 50 The Best NBA Centers Right Now

  • Hassan Whiteside19
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    477

    Age31

    BirthplaceGastonia, North Carolina

    Number21

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers

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    #36 of 71 The Best Sleeper Picks For Your Fantasy Basketball Team In 2019-2020#7 of 31 Every Player Over 7 Feet Tall In The NBA Today, Ranked

  • Mario Chalmers20
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    Mario Chalmers

    Point guard

    Age33

    BirthplaceAnchorage, Alaska

    Number15

  • Josh Richardson21
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    Age27

    BirthplaceEdmond, Oklahoma

    Number0

    TeamsPhiladelphia 76ers

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    #61 of 78 The Best Philadelphia 76ers of All Time#132 of 175 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History

  • Dan Majerle22
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    Dan Majerle

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age54

    BirthplaceMichigan, USA, Traverse City

    TeamsPhoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat

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    #25 of 26 The Best NBA Shooting Guards of the 80s#114 of 874 Big Grid relations

  • Jimmy Butler23
    171
    5

    Jimmy Butler

    Small forward

    Age31

    BirthplaceHouston, Texas

    Number21

    TeamsMiami Heat

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    #86 of 96 The Most Overrated Players In The NBA Today#63 of 75 The Biggest Crybabies in Basketball

  • Chris Andersen24
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    Chris Andersen

    Power forward, Center

    Age42

    BirthplaceLong Beach, California

    Number11

    TeamsNew Orleans Pelicans, Denver Nuggets

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    #89 of 115 The Funniest Professional Athletes#75 of 96 The Best Rebounders in NBA History

  • Tyler Herro25
    135
    9

    Tyler Herro

    Shooting guard

    Number14

    TeamsMiami Heat

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    #29 of 53 The Best Current Wing Players in the NBA#34 of 43 The Best Players In March Madness 2019, Ranked