Miami Heat: 30 greatest players in franchise history
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By Ben Beecken

Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade, Ray Allen, Chris Andersen and LeBron James. (Charles Trainor Jr./Miami Herald/MCT via Getty Images)

The Miami Heat have only been around since 1988, but they’ve packed several current and future hall of famers into their relatively brief franchise history.

Of the handful of NBA teams that have been around for 30 years or less, the Miami Heat have the best collection of talent, and it isn’t close.

The franchise was formed in 1988. While it took several years for the Heat to become relevant as a playoff contender, Miami has won three of the last 12 NBA championships and helped usher in the era of “superteams” with the Big Three of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh.

Plenty of other hall of famers suited up in Heat white and red, from prime Alonzo Mourning to past-his-prime-but-still-effective Shaquille O’Neal and twilight Gary Payton.

The Heat are still relevant heading into 2019, employing one of the best head coaches in the league in Erik Spoelstra. They have remained competitive despite losing the best player on the planet with no compensation in James a few years...

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