Hall of Famers, All-Stars, defensive stalwarts, MVP's, sharpshooters and crossover kings have adorned the red, white and black in a short time; at least by NBA standards, this team has been around. Even in the "old" days, the Heat were making the playoffs four years into their creation and winning divisions after only nine years.
The Miami Heat organization has set the standard for how manageable success can be if you play your cards right. They used drafted talent to acquire the key components that enabled their late-'90s runs.
When that talent ran dry, the Heat went through a brief two-year period of mediocrity before, once again, developing young talent to the point where they could compete for a championship. Once that well was tapped, the Heat organization went right back to drawing the blueprints for another squad that was going to win championships—and win them now.
Sure enough that's what the Heat received. To think that it was only five years ago when this team won 15 games, had just traded its All-Star center, and was putting all their hopes on the injured shoulders of a 6'4" guard from Robbins, Illinois.
Because ownership has been so persistent when it comes to winning, Miami has seen some of the league's greatest players step through the halls of the Miami Arena and American Airlines Arena.
Since this is so, it has made compiling an all-time roster of 12 players all the more difficult.