The Miami Heat organization has only been around for 22 seasons. That’s enough to say that it’s in the adolescent stage of its existence. Especially when one compares it to franchises like the Lakers or Celtics franchises who have been around for more than four decades.
However, like those franchises, the Heat organization too can say that they have been champions. Hopefully in the very near future, they can add the word “multiple” to that distinction.
All in all, the Heat have managed to garner 14 playoff berths and have won seven Division titles. So a special thank you is needed for the 179 players that have walked through its doors. Some good, some bad, and some that where and still are legendary.
This Heat franchise has teased and tormented its fan base like no other with their constant removal of players that fans had come to love and respect. It’s a rare feat finding a person who’s aware of all the quality players that have dawn the Heat jersey.
Now the franchise is set to embark on an epic era of basketball with the 2010 acquisitions of LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Mike Miller, Dexter Pittman and etc.
But before we look forward to the future, let us pay homage to the past. Let us remember the players that laid the ground work and built up the foundation.
I give to you, the 50 greatest…no! I give to you, the 50 most-important players in Heat franchise history.
(special thanks to basketball-reference.com for providing the stats)