The Top 10 Scorers in Miami Heat History
We all know who heads the list, but what does it look like after the top three or four?
The Miami Heat have been around since 1988 and quite a few players have come through the team's doors. Some quality names got skipped over to narrow it down to 10.
When ranking the scorers, multitude and consistency of production is weighed into the equation but all players are eligible. Only stats for the Heat are considered though, not a player's overall career numbers.
10. Grant Long
Many of you might not remember the contribution of Grant Long as he was traded to the Atlanta Hawks in 1994 and wasn't around for the team's success later in the decade.
Long began his career with the Heat way back in the team's inaugural 1988 season. Though he never averaged more than 14.8 points in his six full seasons with Miami, the 6'8" power forward was a key member of the franchise's early years.
Long finished his Heat career with an 11.6 ppg average and 47.8 shooting percentage. Known for his smooth jump hook and classic 80s sports goggles, there aren't many big men for the Heat who put the ball in the hoop better than the former second-round pick.
9. Steve Smith
Miami selected Smith with the fifth pick in the 1991 Draft and kept the shooting guard for three seasons before trading him to the Atlanta Hawks.
Most people remember him for his years with the Hawks and Trail Blazers, but Smith excelled in his time with the Heat. In his rookie year he averaged 12 points, but bumped that up to 16 ppg his sophomore year and 17.3 ppg in his third and final season with Miami—he played only two games of the 94-95 season in a Heat jersey and we'll forget about his 04-05 return entirely.
A great natural shooter with solid three-point range, Smith is one of best shooting guards in Heat history.
8. Lamar Odom
Lamar Odom only played one season for Miami before being sacrificed as the main chip in the Shaquille O'Neal trade. But it was how well he played that year that even made that deal possible.
Odom averaged 17.1 points and put the ball in the hoop practically every way possible. From threes to midrange jumpers and floaters, alley-oops and post-ups, jump hooks, slams, and tip-ins, Lamar did it all on offense.
He played with high energy and power, and had a knack for timely threes. Especially in the playoffs. He hit a number of huge shots to keep the 03-04 Heat alive against New Orleans and Indiana.
Lamar was a big part of the revitalization of the Heat franchise and if he'd played more years for the team, his name probably would've been a lot higher up the list.
7. Eddie Jones
Eddie Jones is somewhat of an afterthought in the memories of most Heat fans. Miami traded for the Charlotte Hornet before the 2000-01 season with big expectations, but they never came to fruition.
That Heat roster was stacked and Jones and Brian Grant were supposed to put them over the top, but the devastating loss of Alonzo Mourning to kidney disease ended all hopes of that.
Jones picked up the slack in the down years between the late 90s and Dwyane Wade's rookie year in 2003. During that time the Heat were mostly irrelevant outside of lottery talk, but Jones still averaged 17.8 points in his first four years with the team.
Many people forget it was he and not Wade who led Miami in scoring during the 03-04 season that got the Heat back into the playoffs for the first time since 2001. In the 04-05 season, Jones was the third leading scorer behind Wade and Shaquille O'Neal.
6. Rony Seikaly
The Spin Doctor was the Heat's first ever draft pick in 1988. Known for his prowess in the low post and smooth moves taking the ball to the hoop, Seikaly was a natural scorer defenders struggled to contain throughout his six seasons in Miami.
The Lebanese center was a fan favorite and still garners loud cheers when he's spotted at Heat games. But this list isn't about sentimentality, its about production and Seikaly produced.
The NBA's Most Improved Player in 1990, Seikaly is the third-best center to ever don Miami's black and red. He averaged 17 points on .481 shooting over his Heat career.
I know we're talking scorers, but Seikaly also had 20 games with at least 20 points and 20 rebounds. That's one franchise record he'll hold for a long time.
5. Tim Hardaway
Hardaway is the best point guard in Heat history.
He and Alonzo Mourning led the late 90s teams that if not for Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls would've competed for championships. Timmy thrived in the clutch, demanded the ball when the game was on the line, and delivered time and time again.
Don't pretend you don't remember those insane Knicks-Heat games; Hardaway was a highlight show on tons of those nights.In his five full seasons with Miami, he surpassed 150 three-pointers in three different years. His 17 ppg over his Heat career is tops for all point guards.
Hardaway was never the best shooter percentage-wise, but beyond Dwyane Wade there's no Heat player you'd rather see take the last shot of a game.
There's a reason his No. 10 jersey is hanging from the rafters.
4. Shaquille O'Neal
Yes, you read that right, Shaq is only No. 4
But there's a reason for that. He averaged over 20 points in just two seasons with the Heat and after that his production dropped off noticeably each year.
The Big Diesel is one of the most dominant players in NBA history and arguably the game's greatest center, but the Heat caught the tail-end of his best years.
Once he collected his fourth NBA Championship and his 34th birthday, Shaq wasn't the same player as the one he'll be remembered as. This list is about quantity and consistency, the names above him did it better for longer.
And that's why Shaq is No. 4.
He's still the second best center in franchise history. From 2004-2006, Shaq was a beast below the rim. There wasn't a player in the league who demanded more double-teams than he did during that stretch.
When the Diesel's hot, he's volcanic.
3. Glen Rice
One of the best three-point shooters in NBA history, Glen Rice was at one time the greatest player to ever wear a Heat jersey...that was before Alonzo Mourning and Dwyane Wade.
Drafted in 1989, Rice lit up scoreboards on a daily basis throughout his six seasons in Miami. For years he held the franchise record in points, only to see Mourning and then Wade bump him to third.
Those names aren't too shabby to sit behind though.
In the first half of the 90s, Rice was the face of the franchise. After averaging 13.6 points in his rookie year, he averaged 20.4 points over his next five seasons. During that stretch he hit 691 three-pointers and shot 46.2 percent from the field.
There are very few players capable of numbers like that.
2. Alonzo Mourning
Mourning was the first player in franchise history to have his jersey retired. It took 20 years for someone to earn that honor. That's because Pat Riley and the rest of the franchise knew Zo had to be first.
His No. 33 jersey was hung from the rafters within months of his retirement announcement.
You had to get a little teary-eyed watching him during that ceremony. The emotion and fire that made him one of the most ferocious players in history hadn't gone anywhere.
Mourning had gone through a kidney transplant and more trials than most people. He'd seen his career ripped away from him in the middle of his prime. He'd finally reached the game's greatest stage after 16 years in the league.
He cried his eyes out as they raised his jersey and half the stadium cried with him. After all, he's the heart and soul of the franchise.
Alonzo Mourning put the Miami Heat on the map. Until Dwyane Wade came along there'd never been a better player for the team. He's best known for his defense, but Mourning's offensive set in his prime was truly a thing of beauty.
His jump hooks and post ups were flawless and there aren't many who could slam dunk with as much power as Zo could. From 95-96 to 99-00, Mourning averaged 20.8 points on .534 shooting.
1. Dwyane Wade
When you're talking Dwyane Wade, you're talking best players in the world. He'll go down as one of the games all-time greats and he's only halfway through his career.
As a scorer, he's among the elite in the NBA. Wade is absolutely lethal when heading to the rim, inhuman at times. Some of the moves he's pulled look like the second coming of Michael Jordan. Some of them (2005 Eastern Conference Finals Game 6) are on a level of their own.
He can score in any multitude of ways virtually at will. When he starts hitting jump shots, there's really no way to stop him. Teams will double- and triple-team him, pack the paint and try and take the rim from him, but if Wade's shooting over you there's no way to contain him.
When Wade's in the zone, there is no better word to describe his game than unstoppable.
He can single-handedly beat an opponent on any given night. He will erase 10, 15, and 20+ point deficits with offensive showcases so impressive, fans keep ticket stubs.
Last season Wade lead the league in scoring at 30.2 ppg on .491 shooting. The year was statistically one of the greatest all-around performances in NBA history. For his career he's averaging 25.3 points.
Wade holds the franchise record for points as well as pretty much every other relevant record for the team. He tops the rankings of the greatest Heat scorers in a landslide. A couple more rings and he'll be in the discussion with Jordan