HEAT Unveils Top 25 Players of All -Time

MIAMI FL, 12/18 - The Miami HEAT announced today the unveiling of the Top 25 HEAT Players of All-Time,as voted by HEAT fans. HEAT fans were recently invited to log onto HEAT.com and select a 25-player HEAT dream team from the 154 players who have played for the team during its 20-year history.

Six members of the 2006 HEAT championship team are featured on the Top 25 list: Udonis Haslem, a Miami native currently in his fifth season with the HEAT; Alonzo Mourning, who entered the 2007-08 season as the franchise’s all-time leader in points (9,310), rebounds (4,714), blocks (1,583) and games played (568); Shaquille O’Neal, the three-time HEAT All-Star and team’s all-time leader in field-goal percentage (59.9%); James Posey, who started 82 of 138 games during his two-year stint in Miami; Dwyane Wade, who was named 2006 Finals MVP; and Jason Williams, who has averaged 11.6 points and 5.1 assists in his first two seasons in Miami.

The list also features eight players from the 1996-97 HEAT team that won a franchise-best 61 games: Keith Askins, who now serves as an assistant coach on Pat Riley’s staff and retired as the HEAT all-time leader in games played; Bruce Bowen, who was named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team in 2000-01; P.J. Brown, who earned two NBA All-Defensive Second Team honors in a HEAT uniform; Tim Hardaway, the two-time HEAT All-Star and all-time assist leader (2,867); Voshon Lenard, the former CBA standout who played for the HEAT from 1995-2000; Dan Majerle, who spent five years in Miami and ranks fifth all-time in HEAT history with 414 three-pointers made; Jamal Mashburn, who averaged 15.8 points during his four-year stint in Miami; and Mourning, the first-ever HEAT All-Star who saw five All-Star appearances and two NBA Defensive Player of the Year honors as a member of the HEAT. The eight players were the most from any single team.

Four players from the 1988-89 inaugural team also appeared on the 25-man list: Kevin Edwards, who led the HEAT in scoring during its first season; Grant Long, who played six full seasons with the HEAT and ranks third in team history in total rebounds (3,281); Rony Seikaly, the HEAT first-ever draft pick and all-time double-double leader (221); and Rory Sparrow, who recorded the first points and triple-double in team history. Other early HEAT players include Bimbo Coles, who appeared in 462 games in six-and-a-half seasons in Miami; Sherman Douglas, who averaged 16.4 points in two full seasons with the HEAT; Glen Rice, who averaged 19.3 points from 1989-1995; and Steve Smith, who averaged 14.4 points in 202 games.

Other players who earned Top 25 honors were Caron Butler, who is the only HEAT player to win Rookie of the Month honors; Brian Grant, who averaged 11.0 points and 8.5 rebounds during his four-year stint in Miami; Eddie Jones, who averaged 16.0 points for the HEAT from 2000-05 and 2006-07; and Lamar Odom, who appeared in 80 games and averaged 17.1 points, 9.7 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.06 steals in his lone season with the HEAT (2003-04).

The following is the complete alphabetical list of the Top 25 HEAT Players of All-Time, as voted by HEAT fans from around the world:

  • Keith Askins
  • Bruce Bowen
  • P.J. Brown
  • Caron Butler
  • Bimbo Coles
  • Sherman Douglas
  • Kevin Edwards
  • Brian Grant
  • Tim Hardaway
  • Udonis Haslem
  • Eddie Jones
  • Voshon Lenard
  • Grant Long
  • Dan Majerle
  • Jamal Mashburn
  • Alonzo Mourning
  • Lamar Odom
  • Shaquille O’Neal
  • James Posey
  • Glen Rice
  • Rony Seikaly
  • Steve Smith
  • Rory Sparrow
  • Dwyane Wade
  • Jason Williams

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