The 5 Most Overrated Miami Heat Players of All-Time

Joshua Carroll@JoshmaniiiCorrespondent IISeptember 6, 2012

The 5 Most Overrated Miami Heat Players of All-Time

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    Although the Miami Heat don't have the most decorated history, the franchise has been around long enough to see some great talent come and go.

    That being said, Miami has also had to suffer through its fair share of bust and overhyped talent.

    It is about time we sort the real deals out from some of the most overrated Miami Heat players of all-time. 

    You may be shocked by some of the names on this list, but be sure to hold your tongue before you hear me out, because big names don't always result in superstar production.

Shaquille O'Neal

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    Shaq in black. How could anyone forget the time The Diesel spent in Miami?

    He promised Heat fans a championship and, along with Dwyane Wade, did succeed in bringing the first one to American Airlines Arena.

    So, how ever could Shaq be one of the most overrated Miami Heat players of all-time?

    Well, it's no secret that he was past his prime years when he was traded from L.A., and although he was still a dominant force in the league, he was also very injury-prone and much less athletic than the Shaq we saw catching alley-oops from Kobe as a Laker.

    Let's take a look at the statistics. In Miami's 2005-2006 season, Wade scored 2,040 points, Shaq scored 1,181 and Antoine Walker scored 1,000 exactly.

    As you can see, it was clearly Wade's team, and more importantly, Shaq only managed to score 181 more points than Walker. Yes, the shimmy man. 

    In the playoffs, when it matters most, Wade accumulated 200 minutes more while also scoring over 200 points more than Shaq.

    All the while, Walker was more of a consistent second option throughout the whole year. Oh, and did I mention Superman shot 37 percent during the playoffs?

    Now, I'm not trying to take anything away from Shaq. He's a great player, one of the most dominant forces the league has ever seen.

    But too much credit is given to him as the savior the Heat were looking for instead of the last piece to a team ready to contend. Anybody who talks about that 2006 NBA Finals series between the Mavericks and Heat talk about Dwyane Wade and the way he carried and propelled Miami to in the last four games of the series.

    Breaking it down even further, Shaq was injured during the playoffs, missed some games and didn't really show up down the stretch for Miami.

    Although Shaq was getting paid six times more than Wade, it's not hard to decipher who Miami's million-dollar player was.

Gary Payton

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    This happens to a lot of former NBA superstars. They go to teams and too much is expected of them even though they are way past their better years. 

    Gary Payton, aka The Glove, was about as slow as a grandma's kitchen mitten once he arrived in Miami. OK, I admit this may be a bit of an exaggeration, but you get the point.

    Anyways, he still had the same swagger and confidence of 21-year-old Payton, which I can't knock him for.

    GP won his one and only championship with the Heat, and there's no doubt he hit some big shots along the way, but let's not jump to conclusions here.

    For one, Payton wasn't even the starting point guard on the team. That position belonged to Jason Williams, who definitely played a much larger role.

    After failing in L.A. he was reunited with Shaq in Miami, where the result turned out to be much different. But just like he did as a Laker, the aging Payton often times found himself a step slow.

    Don't confuse a big shot or two with long-term successes, and don't confuse Seattle Gary Payton with the one who played for Miami.

Udonis Haslem

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    I know some of you huge Heat fans had to do a double-take at the name above, but hear me out.

    Haslem is a solid role player. He does the dirty work, he rebounds, he takes charges and he consistently gets the job done on both ends of the floor despite being undersized.

    But, it seems as though many Miami lovers have created this image of Haslem as an all-star who can create his own shot and be mentioned with some of the best big men in the league.

    Let's not get too ahead of ourselves, guys.

    Haslem has always been good with understanding and accepting his role, but because of all the great things he's done for the Heat, many fans want to put him on a pedestal. 

    Let him do what he does best and work behind the scenes. He'll get the credit that he deserves at the end of the day, but let's stop now with all these fairytales about him being one of the best players in Heat history.

Jermaine O'Neal

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    The fact that Jermaine O'Neal just signed a new contract is appalling to me.

    When he signed with Miami years ago, he was deemed the new big man Wade had to work with. However, just like the O'Neal mentioned previously during this slideshow, he too battled multiple injuries during his tenure with the Heat.

    He never quite panned out for the Heat, hence why he was shipped out sooner rather than later, yet I constantly hear people (who apparently have little to no knowledge) say good things about Jermaine O'Neal's time with the Heat.

    He appeared slow, fragile and, frankly, out of shape. If you don't believe me, go watch some tape, and I'm not talking abut the few highlights he had in Miami.

    I can make a highlight tape of my mom that makes her look good too.

Michael Beasley

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    Isn't it crazy that people were really debating about who should be chosen first, Derrick Rose or Michael Beasley?

    Although they were both great college talents, there's no question about who's had the better NBA career.

    Beasley was brought to Miami in hopes of providing Wade with a Robin. The hype surrounding him was off the charts as fans across the nation anticipated how many different ways he could help the Heat try to climb back to the top of the mountain.

    A versatile player with potential through the roof, Beasley has still shown no signs of anything more than an average NBA player despite the fact that people are still waiting on him to blossom. 

    How much longer does he get? How many more chances can he blow?

    He was shipped out of Miami to make room for LeBron, and he was outplayed in Minnesota by rookie Derrick Williams. 

    Now, he's been presented with yet another opportunity to impress in Phoenix, but no matter how he does there, it will never change the fact that he's one of the most overrated Heat players ever.