5 Greatest Miami Heat Players to Ever Play in the NBA All-Star Game
5 Greatest Miami Heat All-Stars
All-Star Weekend is a time for the NBA's finest to escape the pressure of the regular season and enjoy friendly competition with their fellow peers. This is a perfect setting for the Miami Heat players who have showed their playful side in the Youtube videos, pre-game dunk displays and postgame video "bombings" of each other.
The Heat franchise is currently dominating the NBA and has for sometime now. With two consecutive world championships and three total championships in team history, Miami is the hands down favorite for a three-peat. The Heat sit in a second place position behind the Indiana Pacers with a record of 37-14, just waiting to make their move in the second half of the season.
The recent additions of Greg Oden and Michael Beasley will hopefully have legend Pat Riley being praised for a great executive move and another championship. Both have come in and made an immediate impact for Erik Spolestra.
And when it comes to the All-Star Game itself, the Heat have had some of the greatest players in league history represent Miami on that prestigious stage. The first player selected to the mid-season classic for Miami was in 1996. The franchise went through an eight-year drought without any all-star selections made on their behalf. Despite one year that Miami did not receive any all-star bids, the Heat have had an all-star selection for 11 consecutive years. Only eight times has there been more than one player chosen for the Heat. And the record for most selections is nine.
The franchise has 26 total selections with only seven players on the receiving end. Granted there have not been many all-stars that have played in the team's 26-year existence, the players that have been selected were arguably the best at their respected positions at the time.
When fans think of the Miami Heat all-stars, the "Big Three" may come to mind. But some can forget about past legends of Miami housed in South Beach. The math is pretty easy since there have only been seven total players that played in the All-Star game for the Heat and I am rating the top five. Which two players were not on the list? Let's find out.
5. Alonzo Mourning
In his three All-Star appearances, Alonzo Mourning totaled 30 points and 11 rebounds. Mourning was the first player in franchise history to be selected to an All-Star game.
4. Chris Bosh
As a Miami Heat member, Chris Bosh has played in three All-Star games. Bosh is currently averaging 9 points a game in those all-star appearances for the Heat.
3. Shaquille O'Neal
Shaquille O'Neal has been selected to 15 All-Star games in his illustrious career. Three of those selections were under the Miami Heat organization. O'Neal finished in double-digit scoring in all three games and was one rebound shy of a double-double in 2006, finishing with 17 points and nine rebounds.
2. Dwyane Wade
Since 2005, Dwayne Wade has been selected to the All-Star game 10 consecutive seasons. Wade has the most all-star selections in franchise history and will be starting, along side his running mate LeBron James, in this year's mid-season classic.
1. LeBron James
In his four years as a part of the Miami Heat, LeBron "King" James has been selected to the All-Star game every year. In his three appearances for the Heat, James averaged 28 points while scoring a career all-star game high of 36 points in 2012. James will start for the Eastern Conference in New Orleans this weekend.
If you want to see LeBron James in New Orleans this weekend, check out tickets for the NBA All-Star game here. LeBron has won two All-Star game MVP's and he will look to rack up a third Sunday evening.