PG – Tim Hardaway
Tim Hardaway brought the UTEP Two-Step to the NBA and was part of some great Miami Heat teams in the 1990s. Hardaway embodied what those Pat Riley teams were truly about. His toughness and commitment to winning made him someone Miami was proud to root for.
SG – Dwyane Wade
The Miami Heat renamed Dade county, Wade county in honor of what Dwyane Wade meant to the franchise. When Shaquille O’Neal came to South Beach it was to team up with Wade. When LeBron James and Chris Bosh came to South Beach it was to team up with Wade. Three titles later and Wade left the Heat organization as one of its most beloved players by fans and executives alike.
SF – LeBron James
While LeBron James helped make the Cleveland Cavaliers relevant again we truly got to see the best version of James when he was with the Heat. It’s now said that James came to Miami to learn from Pat Riley about what it takes to be a champion. Four NBA Finals trips and two Larry O’Brien trophies make it look like it was a great idea for King James.
PF – P.J. Brown
P.J. Brown had a long and lustrous NBA career but the moment from it that will live on in infamy is the fight against Charlie Ward — and the entire New York Knicks — in the 1997 NBA playoffs. Brown was definitely an enforcer during his time in the NBA but aligned with Alonzo Mourning and Tim Hardaway Brown was the perfect amount of rugged to make the gutsy Heat a team that could never be counted out.
C – Alonzo Mourning
Another player who makes the list for multiple teams, after being traded by the Charlotte Hornets Alonzo Mourning went on to make himself into Mr. Heat in his second home. Mourning and Hardaway helped build the culture that Pat Riley sought in South Beach. Mourning was a dominant interior force and he still has ties to the team today.