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Creating the Miami Heat’s All-Time Starting Lineup

Creating the Miami Heat's All-Time Starting Lineup

Miami Heat's All-Time Starting Lineup
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The Miami Heat have been the talk of the NBA for the past four seasons because they just know how to build a great thing. However, It takes great players to build properly and with their wealth of talent throughout the years, which players would make it on their all-time starting five?

5. Tim Hardaway – Point Guard

PG Tim Hardaway Miami Heat All-time Great
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5. Tim Hardaway – Point Guard

PG Tim Hardaway Miami Heat All-time Great
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As the master of the "killer crossover," PG Tim Hardaway was easily the best at his position in regards to Miami Heat history. Hardaway connected often with Alonzo Mourning with his bounce passes in the paint, but he loved to beat defenders on the dribble with his famous crossover. Hardaway is a Heat-lifer as he's still affiliated with the organization, and it will take a while for another Heat PG to surpass this two-time All-Star.

4. Dwyane Wade – Shooting Guard

SG Dwyane Wade Miami Heat All-time Great
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4. Dwyane Wade – Shooting Guard

SG Dwyane Wade Miami Heat All-time Great
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Mr. Miami, Wade County, Flash or D-Wade. Whatever you want to call him, just know that no player in Miami Heat history will ever be more beloved than Dwyane Wade. In 2006, he lead the Heat to glory with their first championship in franchise history and he was awarded as the NBA Finals MVP for his virtuoso performance. In the summer of 2010, he got his buddies Chris Bosh and LeBron James to come down to Miami and the rest is history.

3. LeBron James – Small Forward

SF LeBron James Miami Heat All-time Great
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3. LeBron James – Small Forward

SF LeBron James Miami Heat All-time Great
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The "Beast of the East" and the best player in the game took over in Miami as the best player in Heat history, while Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade struggled to keep pace at times in the postseason. James finally earned the respect of his peers when he won back-to-back championships in Miami, and he picked up two regular season MVPs, becoming the first Heat player to win this award. Miami will never see a greater player. They'll miss him dearly.

2. Chris Bosh – Power Forward

PF Chris Bosh Miami Heat All-time Great
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2. Chris Bosh – Power Forward

PF Chris Bosh Miami Heat All-time Great
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As the third option on the Miami Heat over the four-year span of the "Big 3" era, Chris Bosh was nothing short of magnificent. Bosh picked up two rings over the last four years and he earned them, because he changed his game and displayed his offensive versatility like no other big man in the league. Bosh has been a great defender for the Miami Heat, but now that he could be the No. 1 option on offense, he'll have to revert to his CB4 days.

1. Shaquille O'Neal – Center

Center Shaquille O'Neal Miami Heat All-time Great
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1. Shaquille O'Neal – Center

Center Shaquille O'Neal Miami Heat All-time Great
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Alonzo Mourning is a Heat-lifer, but loyalty won't get him the starting role at center on this team over Shaquille O'Neal. Shaq on the Heat wasn't Kobe's version, but there's no way that Miami would have won it all in 2006 if he was still in L.A. Shaq was on a mission during his first two seasons with the Heat and he lost weight and played as Wade's sidekick. With his power, strength and agility, he's definitely my first choice at center.

Walton Yeboah-Amoako is a Columnist for RantSports.com.  Follow him on Twitter @WaltYeboah, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.