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Miami Heat Player Countdown: 12. Rony Seikaly

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The first face of the Heat, center Rony Seikaly.

Rony Seikaly was a 6'11" center from Beirut, Lebanon. Born on May 10th, 1968, he was raised in Greece and is a product of "American High School." He attended Syracuse University, playing four seasons of collegiate hoops for the Orangemen. He averaged 16.3 points with 9.6 rebounds per game as a senior. In the 1988 NBA Draft, the Heat made him their first ever entry draft pick, taking him fifth overall. He signed his first contract for two seasons and $1,405,000.

As a rookie for the first year franchise in 1988-89, Seikaly started 62 times at center, coming off the bench in 16 additional contests. He shot 44.8% from the floor, playing 25.2 minutes per game. He averaged 10.9 points with seven rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game. He finished in double figures 42 times with 18 double doubles. He shot 13-for-17 from the field on November 18th, scoring 29 points wtih 10 rebounds in a 123-117 overtime loss to the Golden State Warriors. In a 109-83 loss to the Denver Nuggets, he scored 10 points with 13 rebounds and a season high six blocked shots. He racked up 13 points with 13 boards and six helpers on January 15th as the Heat defeated the Indiana Pacers, 118-117 in two overtimes. It was Miami's fourth win (in their 35th try). Miami went 15-67 overall, and 15-63 with Seikaly in the lineup.

In 1989-90, Seikaly started in 72 of his 74 games, playing 32.6 minutes and scoring 16.6 points, 10.4 rebounds, 1.7 blocks, 1.1 steals and 1.1 assists per game, leading the team in points, rebounds, and blocked shots. He shot 50.2% from the field, his best performance while with Miami, and won the NBA's Most Improved Player Award. He racked up 37 double doubles and scored above nine points on 63 occasions. In an 83-77 win over the New Jersey Nets on November 7th, he scored 14 points with 16 rebounds and a season high eight rejections. He broke the 40 point barrier for the first time on February 13th, in a 107-95 loss to the Chicago Bulls, scoring 40 on 15-of-23 shooting and grabbing 17 boards. The Heat beat the Orlando Magic 122-105 in March 7th, as Seikaly scored 31 points on 13-of-19 shooting with 21 rebounds. The Heat won 17 and lost 57 with Seikaly, and went 1-7 without him.

1990-91 would see Seikaly score 16.4 points with 11.1 rebounds, 1.5 assists, and 1.3 blocks per game. He played 33.9 minutes average over 64 games, starting 59 times and shooting 48.1% from the field. He failed to register in double figures just 11 times, and finished with 37 double doubles, helping Miami go 20-44 with him in the rotation. On November 14th, in a 105-93 win against the Dallas Mavericks, he scored 30 points with 21 rebounds. March 14th would see him play 53 minutes, scoring 26 points with 18 rebounds, four steals, three assists and two blocks in a 125-121, two overtime loss to the New York Knicks. In the penultimate game of the season on April 19th, he scored a season high 35 points with 20 rebounds and three blocks as the Heat won their franchise record setting 24th victory, 114-100 over the Philadelphia 76ers. They finished 24-58.

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Seikaly duplicated his scoring average from the prior season in 1991-92, putting up 16.4 points per game. He played 35.4 minutes a night, starting in 78 out of 79 appearances. He shot 48.9% overall, and grabbed 11.8 rebounds with 1.5 blocks and 1.4 assists per appearance. He topped 10 points 70 times with 53 double doubles, as Miami made their first playoff appearance at 38-44. On December 11th, in a 105-103 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, he scored 20 points with 24 rebounds. On February 5th, he scored 28 points on 12-of-16 shooting, along with 16 rebounds in a 126-124 win over Golden State. On February 22nd, he played all 48 minutes of a 107-98 win against the Detroit Pistons, scoring 20 points with 18 rebounds and six blocks. In Miami's first trip to the postseason, they lost three straight to the Bulls. Seikaly hit 54.3% of his shots, scoring a total of 62 points with 30 rebounds and five blocks through the series.

In 1992-93, Seikaly played 72 times, with 64 starts and averaging 34.1 minutes per appearance. He shot 48% and averaged 17.1 points, 11.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists, and 1.2 blocks per game. He finished with 43 double doubles and 63 contests in double figures, helping the Heat to a 31-41 record while on the floor. In a 115-112 loss to the 76ers on January 20th, he scored 28 points wtih 17 rebounds. On March 3rd, he scored 12 points and collected a team record 34 rebounds in a 125-106 win over the Washington Bullets. On March 11th, in a 97-95 triumph over the Bulls, he dropped 30 points with 23 boards. Miami missed the dance for the fourth time in their first five years, finishing 36-46.

Seikaly averaged a double double in 1993-94 for the fifth time in a row, and for the last time in his career. He started in 60 games, coming off the bench 12 times and scoring 15.1 points on 48.8% shooting. He grabbed 10.3 rebounds, blocked 1.4 shots, and made a career high 1.9 assists per game. The Heat went 39-33 with Seikaly on the floor, as he racked up 34 double doubles and 54 games with 10 or more points. In a five game span from March 13th through March 21st (4-1), Seikaly averaged 22 points, 15 rebounds, three blocks and two steals per contest. The Heat lost three of five to the Atlanta Hawks in the opening round, as Seikaly averaged eight points and nine rebounds per game.

Just before the 1994-95 season got underway, Miami traded Seikaly to the Warriors for Sasha Danilovic and Billy Owens. He played 100 games over two seasons with Golden State, later playing with the Orlando Magic (121 games), and the New Jersey Nets (18 games). He is currently a DJ and music producer, and has released two EPs, House Calls (2010) and East West EP (2012).

All-Time HEATline:
Six seasons, 439 games, 32.4 minutes, 15.4 points, 10.4 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.7 steals, 1.4 blocks, 15.8 PER, 25.5 win shares.