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The Best Miami Heat Players of All Time

Updated April 10, 2020 36.8k votes 5.3k voters 67.0k 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
    3,190
    715

    Dwyane Wade

    Point guard, Shooting guard

    Age38

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    Number3

    TeamsMiami Heat

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  • LeBron James2
    2,848
    691

    LeBron James

    Small forward, Power forward

    Age36

    BirthplaceAkron, Ohio

    Number23

    TeamsLos Angeles Lakers

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  • Alonzo Mourning3
    1,653
    432

    Age49

    BirthplaceChesapeake, Virginia, United States of America

    TeamsBrooklyn Nets, Charlotte Hornets, Miami Heat

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  • Tim Hardaway4
    1,300
    288

    Tim Hardaway

    Point guard

    Age53

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

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

  • Chris Bosh5
    1,749
    462

    Chris Bosh

    Power forward

    Age35

    BirthplaceDallas, Texas, United States of America

    Number1

    TeamsToronto Raptors

  • Shaquille O'Neal6
    1,827
    516

    Age47

    BirthplaceNewark, New Jersey, United States of America

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

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  • Glen Rice7
    1,007
    270

    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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    #18 of 175 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History#1 of 46 The Greatest Michigan Basketball Players of All Time

  • Ray Allen8
    1,286
    429

    Ray Allen

    Shooting guard

    Age44

    BirthplaceMerced, California, United States of America

    Number34

    TeamsBoston Celtics, Seattle Supersonics, Milwaukee Bucks

  • Udonis Haslem9
    886
    381

    Udonis Haslem

    Power forward

    Age39

    BirthplaceMiami, Florida

    Number40

    TeamsMiami Heat

  • Jason Williams10
    467
    169

    Jason Williams

    Point guard

    Age44

    BirthplaceBelle, West Virginia

    TeamsSacramento Kings, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat

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    #24 of 150 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History#39 of 56 People Who Should Be in the Basketball Hall of Fame

  • Gary Payton11
    609
    313

    Gary Payton

    Point guard

    Age52

    BirthplaceOakland, California, United States of America

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

  • Goran Dragić12
    664
    287

    Goran Dragić

    Point guard, Shooting guard

    Age34

    BirthplaceLjubljana, Slovenia

    Number7

    TeamsMiami Heat

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  • Steve Smith13
    419
    214

    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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  • Eddie Jones14
    467
    273

    Eddie Jones

    Shooting guard

    Age48

    BirthplacePompano Beach, Florida

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

  • Shane Battier15
    360
    196

    Shane Battier

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age42

    BirthplaceBirmingham, Michigan

    Number31

    TeamsHouston Rockets, Memphis Grizzlies

  • Mike Miller16
    307
    135

    Mike Miller

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age40

    BirthplaceMitchell, South Dakota

    Number13

    TeamsOrlando Magic, Memphis Grizzlies

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  • Bam Adebayo17
    273
    16

    Bam Adebayo

    Power forward, Center

    BirthplaceNewark, New Jersey

    Number13

    TeamsMiami Heat

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  • Rony Seikaly18
    346
    198

    Age54

    BirthplaceBeirut, Lebanon

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

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  • Hassan Whiteside19
    768
    489

    Age31

    BirthplaceGastonia, North Carolina

    Number21

    TeamsPortland Trail Blazers

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  • Mario Chalmers20
    444
    307

    Mario Chalmers

    Point guard

    Age33

    BirthplaceAnchorage, Alaska

    Number15

  • Josh Richardson21
    233
    84

    Age27

    BirthplaceEdmond, Oklahoma

    Number0

    TeamsPhiladelphia 76ers

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  • Dan Majerle22
    285
    172

    Dan Majerle

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age54

    BirthplaceMichigan, USA, Traverse City

    TeamsPhoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat

  • Jimmy Butler23
    165
    2

    Jimmy Butler

    Small forward

    Age31

    BirthplaceHouston, Texas

    Number21

    TeamsMiami Heat

  • Tyler Herro24
    135
    8

    Tyler Herro

    Shooting guard

    Number14

    TeamsMiami Heat

  • Chris Andersen25
    307
    206

    Chris Andersen

    Power forward, Center

    Age41

    BirthplaceLong Beach, California

    Number11

    TeamsNew Orleans Pelicans, Denver Nuggets

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