The Miami Heat and their summer acquisitions are the talk of the NBA and are sure to stay that way for at least the entire upcoming season. All anybody can talk about these days is Lebron James and Chris Bosh hitting up South Beach. The Miami Heat are hoping to usher in a decade that brings even more success than the past one did, and it’s not like they were a bargain basement team in the past ten years either. In the past decade, the Miami Heat made the playoffs seven times and made it to the postseason in six out of the last seven seasons. They brought Miami their first NBA Championship in 2006, inspired by the deadly duo of Dwayne Wade and Shaquille O’Neal, or whatever nickname Diesel is going by nowadays. Here are the best five Miami Heat from 2001-2010. (Only accomplishments and stats while playing for the Miami Heat from 2001-2010 were considered.)
1. Dwayne Wade
For the next decade, Wade’s biggest accomplishments might not even come on the court. Instead, his ability to recruit the likes of Lebron James and Chris Bosh might be looked upon as the thing he did that meant the most to the Heat. In the 2000’s though, Wade proved he could make statements with his superior play. Since being drafted fifth overall by the Miami Heat in the 2003 NBA Draft, Wade has racked up an incredible amount of accomplishments. He has helped carry the Miami Heat to the playoffs every season he has been with them and teamed up with Shaquille to bring the Heat the title in 2006. His personal achievements include 6 All-Star Teams, 5 All-NBA Teams, and an NBA Scoring Title.
2. Shaquille O’Neal
The weird thing about Shaq’s time in Miami is that it could be considered his last hoorah and the start of his great decline all in one. Shaq was with the Heat for three and half seasons and he did get himself a ring while there, which is exactly why they brought him aboard. He was still a beast for his first two seasons with the Heat averaging over 20 points a game in both seasons. However, in his third season his scoring average dropped to 17.3 points per game and he was only able to play in forty games. After averaging a mere 14.2 points and 7.8 rebounds in 33 games in the 2007-08 NBA season, the Heat traded O’Neal to the Suns.
3. Eddie Jones
Jones supplied the Miami Heat with a sharp shooting scoring option for five and half seasons. He played with them through the 2005 season and then re-signed with the Heat for the 2006-07 NBA Season. Oddly enough, that means the one season in between that he wasn’t with the Heat is the season they won the NBA Championship. That doesn’t mean it was addition by subtraction, as the Heat were always better to have Eddie Jones on their team. Jones also supplied the Heat with a shutdown defender on the wing.
4. Udonis Haslem
Haslem has spent his entire NBA career with the Miami Heat, which dates back to the 2003-04 NBA season. Haslem has never put up spectacular numbers, but has always provided the Heat with a consistent big man that can score about ten points a game, while grabbing eight rebounds. On a team that has had one of the NBA’s elite scorers in D-Wade, Haslem is one of the hard working under appreciated players that helps make the Heat a perennial playoff team.
5. Alonzo Mourning
Zo’s best days may have come in the 1990’s, but all the Miami Heat fans could tell you just how much he meant to the Heat in the 2000’s also. Zo was with the Heat for two different stints in the 2000’s, the 2001-02 season and then again from 2005-2008. He was known as a fierce defender and averaged over two blocks per game in the 2000’s even in limited minutes. He is currently second in points scored in franchise history with 9,459.