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Updates

2019-20 Season

February 4, 2020: Kendrick Nunn was named Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for the third time in a row. He averaged 16.8 points, 3.5 assists, and 2.8 rebounds in January and shot better than 50% from the field. Nunn went undrafted in 2018 after finishing his college career.

Season Preview: Miami fans can expect a winning season, but the team is not built to go far in the playoffs. Jimmy Butler is the new leader of the Heat. He rounds out a roster that includes lots of talent—Bam Adebayo, Justise Winslow, Dion Waiters, and Dion Waiters to name a few—so leadership from Butler and good coaching from Erik Spoelstra should translate to 45 or 50 victories.

2018-19 Season

Season Recap: The Heat came up three wins short of making the playoffs, finishing 39–43 in Dwyane Wade’s farewell season. Wade was second on the team in scoring and was among the team leaders in assists and steals. Center Hassan Whiteside was Miami’s leader in rebounding and blocked shots, while guard Josh Richardson had his best year as a pro with 16.6 points per game.

November 7, 2018: Hassan Whiteside scored 29 points and pulled down 20 rebounds in a win over the Spurs. He also blocked 8 shots in the first half to set a new team record.

Season Preview: No team can match Miami’s group of talented big men. But Hassan Whiteside, Bam Adebayo and Kelly Olynyk can’t all play at the same time. Coach Erik Spoelstra will have to find the right mix on the front line, and get quality minutes out of Justise Winslow, James Johnson and veteran Dwyane Wade. The talent is there for a winning season.

2017-18 Season

Season Recap: A midseason trade brought Dwyane Wade back to Miami and he provided the leadership needed for the Heat to finish first in the Southeast Division with a 44–38 record. Nine different players averaged at least 10 points a game, with veteran guard Goran Dragic leading the Heat with 17.2 points per game. Hassan Whiteside led the club in rebounds and blocked shots. Miami faced the young 76ers in the opening round of the playoffs and lost 4 games to 1.

April 4, 2018: Wayne Ellington, a substitute for Miami, set a new record for reserve players when he made his 207th three-pointer of the season.

March 19, 2018: The Heat set a new team record for points when they defeated the Denver Nuggets 149–141.

Season Preview: Miami’s quality eight-man rotation can play with anyone in the league, despite not having a recognizable star. Heat fans hope that a year from now Goran Dragic, Justise Winslow, and Hassan Whiteside are “household names.”

2016-17 Season

Season Recap: The Heat had a true “Jekyll & Hyde” season, going 11–30 in the first half and 30–11 in the second half. Their best player, shot-blocking sensation Hassan Whiteside, led the NBA in rebounding and had a 30-rebound, 20-point game against the 76ers—in just 27 minutes! He was also the first player in Miami history to reach 1,000 points and rebounds in the same season. Unfortunately, the Heat missed the playoffs by one victory.

2015-16 Season

Season Preview: A healthy Chris Bosh and rested Dwyane Wade will be the key to the retooled Miami offense. Veterans Amare Stoudemire, Luol Deng, and Gerald Green will be counted upon for scoring, as will Hassan Whiteside, Goran Dragic, and rookie Justise Winslow. Can the Heat compete in their second season without LeBron James? The experience and talent are definitely there.

2014-15 Season

Season Recap: After reaching the NBA Finals four times in a row, the Heat fell short of winning a playoff spot, finishing with 37 wins. The team could not make up for the loss of LeBron James, despite solid seasons from Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Luol Deng, and Zoran Dragic, who came to Miami in a late-season trade for draft picks.

Season Preview: Miami goes into battle without the NBA’s best player, LeBron James. That puts extra pressure on guards Dwyane Wade and Mario Chalmers. The Heat are still a dangerous team, but may need to find a big-time center if they want to return to the NBA Finals.

2013-14 Season

July 14, 2140: The Heat spent the 2013–14 season getting ready for the playoffs—sharpening their skills and making sure their stars were healthy and rested. The team won 54 games and LeBron James scored over 2,000 points for the second year in a row. James also led the teams in rebounds and assists, and tied Ray Allen for the team lead with 116 3-pointers. The Heat reached the NBA Finals with the loss of just four games, but they were unable to match up with the San Antonio Spurs, who defeated them 4 games to 1. Almost immediately, Miami fans began wondering whether James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh would remain with the team. All three could opt out of their contracts during the summer of 2014. On July 12, James signed a two-year contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Wade and Bosh decided to stay with Miami.

Season Recap: The Heat spent the 2013–14 season getting ready for the playoffs—sharpening their skills and making sure their stars were healthy and rested. The team won 54 games and LeBron James scored over 2,000 points for the second year in a row. James also led the teams in rebounds and assists, and tied Ray Allen for the team lead with 116 3-pointers.

More Go-To Guys

P.J. Brown floats a one-hander over big Ben Wallace on this trading card. This was about as far away from the basket as Brown shot the ball. He liked to work in the paint. (Topps, Inc.)

Shane Battier and I went to the same college (Duke, at different times). I’ve heard some people say he has the brains and charisma to become President of the United States some day. Man, I’m not even the president of my own house. (Donruss/Panini America)

  • Steve Smith — 6′ 8″ Guard
    Born: 3/31/1969
    Played for Team: 1991–92 to 1994–95 & 2004–05
    Steve Smith was a talented all-around player with a smooth shooting touch. He was one of the Heat’s big stars in their early years, and Miami fans were sad to see him traded to the Hawks, where he became an All-Star. Smith was one of the game’s most confident 3-point shooters.

  • P.J. Brown — 6′ 11″ Forward/Center
    Born: 10/14/1969
    Played for Team: 1996–97 to 1990–00
    No one could relax when P.J. Brown was on the court. He could score and rebound as well as anyone on the Heat. Brown also brought a special brand of toughness that helped make Miami one of the most physical teams in the NBA. He made the NBA All-Defense team three times with the Heat.

  • Eddie Jones — 6′ 6″ Guard/Forward
    Born: 10/20/1971
    Played for Team: 2000–01 to 2004–05 & 2006–07
    Few NBA players could do as many things well as Eddie Jones. When Alonzo Mourning was felled by a kidney ailment, Jones stepped up and helped the team make a run in the playoffs. He was the team’s mot dependable player before Dwyane Wade arrived.

  • Shane Battier — 6′ 8″ Forward
    Born: 9/9/1978
    First Season with Team: 2011–12
    After losing the 2011 NBA Finals, the Heat realized they needed veteran role players to win a championship. They signed Shane Battier and he rewarded them by playing a key role in Miami’s 2012 championship.

  • Ray Allen — 6′ 5″ Guard
    Born: 7/29/1975
    First Season with Team: 2012–13
    Like Shane Battier, Ray Allen was brought in to help the Big Three of Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, and LeBron James seal the deal on a second NBA title. He delivered as expected, making a clutch shot against the Spurs to keep the Heat alive in Game 6 of the Finals.

More Fun Facts

I happen to know the folks at Norwood House aren’t crazy about tattoos, but we couldn’t find a photo of this guy without a million of ’em! (Author’s Collection)

  • ARE YOU EXPERIENCED?
    Shane Battier showed why teams are smart to obtain skilled veterans for the playoffs. During the 2012 NBA Finals, he hit 57.5% of his 3-pointers to set a new record. In Game 7 of the 2013 NBA Finals, he nailed six 3-pointers to help Miami defeat the Spurs.

  • SUDDENLY PERFECT
    Journeyman Chris “Birdman” Andersen bounced around pro basketball for nearly a decade before finding a home with the Heat in 2013. That spring, he went 15–for-15 from the field in the playoffs against the Indiana Pacers. He then shot over 80% in the NBA Finals to set a new record. Andersen is instantly recognizable for his Mohawk hairstyle and head-to-toe tattoos.

  • 21 FREE THROWS
    In Game 5 of the 2006 finals, Dwyane Wade attempted 21 foul shots. No one has ever gone to the line more often in a championship series game.

League Leaders

Alonzo Mourning jams one home, and makes it look easy on this trading card. He was better known for keeping opponents from doing this. (Sports Illustrated for Kids)

  • SCORING
    2008–09 — Dwyane Wade— 30.2

  • REBOUNDING
    No member of the team has led the league in rebounding.

  • ASSISTS
    No member of the team has led the league in assists.

  • STEALS

    No member of the team has led the league in steals.

  • BLOCKED SHOTS
    1998–99 — Alonzo Mourning — 3.9
    1999–00 — Alonzo Mourning — 3.7

Playing for the Championship

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HEAT in the FINALS

SEASON OPPONENT SCORE
2005-06 Dallas Mavericks Won 4-2
2010-11 Dallas Mavericks Lost 2-4
2011-12 Oklahoma City Thunder Won 4-1
2012-13 San Antonio Spurs Lost 4-3
2013-14 San Antonio Spurs Lost 1-4

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