This offseason, we will look into the Miami Heat's past into who made the team tick over the course of their now 28-season history. I'll be doing this via the same format as I have this past season, with the Five Stars series. I used individual GameScores from each contest, and the top five cumulative GameScores represent the Five Stars. Today features four of the same contributors as last season plus one newcomer to the top five. Miami finished 11th in the Eastern Conference, missing the postseason by five games with a 36-46 record in 1992-93. For the first time in their short history, the team suffered regression, earning two fewer wins than in the season past.
41 Glen Rice 1000.9
Rice was the only Heat player to appear in every game for Miami, starting all 82 games at small forward. He averaged a team-best 19.0 points per game, ranked fourth with 5.2 rebounds, third with 1.1 blocks, and also pitched in with 2.2 assists and 0.3 blocks per game, averaging a team-high 37.6 minutes. In going 148-for-386 in three-pointers, he ranked third in the NBA in attempts and fourth in the league in three-pointers made, with a .386 success rate.
Rice totaled a team-high 1,554 points overall, making 582-of-1324 shots from the field (.440) and 242-of-295 from the foul stripe (.820). He also led the team with 3,082 minutes played, and ranked second with 92 steals, third with 424 rebounds (92 offensive), 180 assists and 25 blocked shots.
On November 21st, Rice dropped in 32 points on 13-of-16 shooting, making all three of his long-distance shots along with five rebounds, four assists and a steal in a 123-111 loss to the 4-4 Charlotte Hornets. In Rice's best performance of the season, on February 3rd, he scored a season-high 45 points on 17-of-22 shooting from the floor, with 14 rebounds in leading the 13-27 Heat to a 116-96 win over the 22-21 Atlanta Hawks. Rice totaled over 30 points 12 times through the season, and racked up six double-doubles.
4 Rony Seikaly 950.5
In Seikaly's fifth season, he became the only player on the Heat to have appeared in the Five Stars in each of their first five seasons. He started 64 times at center, appearing in a total of 72 games and totaling 2,456 minutes. Seikaly ranked second on the club with 1,232 points scored in total, and with 259 offensive, 587 defensive, and 846 total rebounds. He also topped the team with 83 blocked shots. He also pitched in with 100 assists and 38 steals through the season.
Seikaly averaged 17.1 points in 34.1 minutes per game, hitting 417-of-868 shots from the floor for a .480 shooting percentage. In addition, he improved his free throw shooting success rate for the fifth consecutive season by making 397-of-540 shots from the foul line. His foul shot rate improved from .511 as a rookie, to subsequent figures in his next four seasons of .594, .619, .733, and .735. Seikaly also averaged a career-high tying and NBA eighth-ranked 11.8 rebounds per game, and a career-high 8.2 defensive boards.
Seikaly's totaled 43 double-doubles over the course of the season, and collected 15 or more rebounds 16 times. This includes an incredible 12 point, franchise record 34 rebound night on March 3rd in a 125-106 win over the Washington Bullets:
It`s really a mind set I put myself into. I was in a trance, a rebounding trance. It seemed like the ball always was bouncing my way.
His best all-around game of the season happened just over a week later, when he scored 30 points (including a 12-for-13 night from the line) along with 23 rebounds (eight offensive) and two blocked shots in a 97-95 win over the Chicago Bulls. That was Miami's first ever win against a Michael Jordan-led team. They were 0-16 to that point.
43 Grant Long 858.6
Long, along with Seikaly and Kevin Edwards, were the last three remaining players from the inaugural 1988-89 bunch. He averaged 14 points per game, with a team-second 7.5 rebounds. He played 35.9 minutes per night, with 2.4 assists and 1.4 steals.
Long totaled 1,061 points for Miami, and started in 62 of his 76 appearances through the season at power forward. In a Heat-second 2,728 minutes, he drained 397-of-847 shots from the field (.476) and 261-of-341 from the line (.765), with a total of 568 rebounds (team second), 182 assists (team fourth), a team-leading 104 steals, and 31 blocked shots (team-third). Long earned 17 double-doubles through the season.
On February 26th, Long totaled 25 points and 17 rebounds (12 offensive) to lead the 19-32 Heat to a 93-86 victory over the 34-17 San Antonio Spurs. On April 10th, he scored 22 with nine boards, four assists and two steals in a 119-114 win over the Philadelphia 76ers. He scored a season high 31 points in Miami's second to last game of the season on April 23rd, in a 121-120 overtime win over the Washington Bullets. Long also had 10 rebounds and three helpers.
12 Bimbo Coles 718.9
Coles continued to show his durability and his pliability on the fifth version of the Heat, leading the team with 373 assists, starting 37 times at point guard and playing in every game but one through the season. He made 318-of-686 (for a career-high .464 field goal percentage) shots from the field overall, and made 42-of-137 three-pointers (.307) as one of four players with over 40 made. He made 177-of-220 free throws (.805). Coles also pitched in with 80 steals, 166 rebounds, and 11 blocked shots to go with his 855 points.
Coles averaged 10.6 points, 4.6 assists, two rebounds and one steal in 27.6 minutes per game. He had six double doubles and five games where he totaled 20 or more points. Coles had his best game of the season in the second contest of the year, a 106-94 victory over the New Jersey Nets on November 7th. In that game, Coles dropped 25 points on 10-of-14 shooting, with eight assists, two rebounds and two steals. 18 days later, he scored 22 points on eight-of-13 shooting, with a season high 14 assists, three rebounds and a steal in a 110-93 win over the Indiana Pacers.
3 Steve Smith 568.2
Smith, a 6'7", 200 lb. shooting guard from Highland Park, Michigan, was born on March 31st, 1969. He played his prep level ball at Pershing High in Detroit, and played four seasons of collegiate ball with the Michigan State Spartans. The Heat chose him in the first round of the 1991 NBA Draft with the fifth overall selection. Smith played in 61 games in his rookie season with Miami, averaging 12 points, 4.6 assists, 3.1 rebounds, and one steal per game.
Smith's sophomore professional effort would see him miss the first half of the season with a right knee problem. When he returned, he totaled 48 games for the Heat, and scored 766 points in 1,610 minutes. He was second on the team with 267 assists, and also pitched in with 197 rebounds, 50 steals, and 16 blocked shots.
Smith averaged a career-high 2.9 defensive rebounds and a career-high 5.6 assists for the Heat through 1992-93. He was third on the club with 16 points per game, and he totaled four double-doubles. He made 52-of-132 three-pointers to lead the Heat with a .402 long distance shooting success rate. He also made 279-of-619 shots overall (.451) from the field and 155-of-197 from the foul stripe.
In his best game of the season, on March 3rd, Smith racked up 30 points on 12-of-15 shooting, with nine helpers and eight boards in a 125-106 win over the Washington Bullets. He made all four of his three pointers in the game. He earned a triple-double on February 15th, when he scored 21 points with 12 assists and 10 rebounds in 46 minutes as the Heat won a two-overtime marathon against the Denver Nuggets, 130-129.
32 Harold Miner 463.3
21 Kevin Edwards 423.5
20 Brian Shaw 389.0
22 John Salley 358.5
2 Keith Askins 177.3
52 Matt Geiger 137.5
34 Willie Burton 104.5
33 Alec Kessler 101.3
Check out the sixth installment of our offseason-long series on Tuesday. In the meantime, keep a browser tab open to Hot Hot Hoops for developing Heat news throughout the year.