The Miami Heat have had a pretty impressive history for a team that was only founded in 1988. The Heat since 1988 have had 3 NBA championships and 4 NBA final appearances. And multiple high level players taking their talents to South Beach.This franchise made a ton of noise for being so young and if you are a Miami Heat fan that’s good news because a solid foundation is always what you are looking for in your favorite team.
This was an easy choice. D-Wade is the face of the Miami Heat franchise even before LeBron James took his talents to South Beach. Sure, LeBron James has been the better player over the course of his career, and it isn’t particularly close.
But Wade was the best player on Miami’s first title team in 2006 and was the one constant through another brief lean period prior to the arrival of “The King”.
Then, LeBron, Wade and Chris Bosh brought four more NBA Finals appearances and two more Larry O’Brien trophies to South Beach. Wade spent 14 seasons with the Miami Heat where had made 12 All-Star games and won 3 championships.
Mourning is a an all time Miami Heat fan favorite.Mourning dominated the league in a Heat jersey, averaging 23.2 points and 10.4 rebounds in his first season in Miami, also his age-25 season.
However, the Heat won just 42 games.In 1996-97, the team made a leap to 61 wins behind Tim Hardaway’s 20.3 points and Alonzo Mourning’s 19.8 points per game. Mourning was a defensive force and a wizard with his back to the basket.
The Heat got all the way to the Eastern Conference Finals before being eliminated. Mourning won one championship with the Miami Heat at the end of his career.
Pat Riley is the architect behind all the Heat NBA championships, and all the final appearances. How can you not include Riley on this list?
Let’s remember a few things. Riley coached the Heat with Alonzo Mourning and reached the conference finals. Riley coached Shaq and D-Wade to a finals.
Riley was responsible for drafting Wade, trading for Shaq and convincing LeBron and Chris Bosh to come to The Heat. He’s the conductor of the Miami Heat orchestra.
You’d think we’d LeBron off of this list? No way. LeBron brought his talents to South Beach and did not disappoint.
The Heat made the NBA Finals in each of LeBron’s 4 seasons in Miami winning 2 NBA championships along the way.
He made 4 All-Star Games with the Heat. He averaged 26.9 points per game, 7.6 rebounds and 6.7 assists before heading back to his hometown of Cleveland to rejoin the Cavaliers.