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Five Stars: 1993-94

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For the first time in their then-six season history, the Miami Heat earned a winning record, and even capped it off with a pair of playoff wins over the Atlanta Hawks.

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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. This is the sixth installment, covering the 1993-94 season.

After taking a step back in their fifth season by missing the playoffs, the 1993-94 Heat would earn Miami's first ever winning record, posting a 42-40 mark while qualifying for the eighth seed in the postseason. Of course, they lost the opening round series to the Atlanta Hawks, but they did manage to earn two victories in the best-of-five series before bowing out.

First Star

41 Glen Rice 1222.3

Rice averaged an NBA 10th and team-leading 21.1 points per game in his fifth NBA season, all with the Heat. He also led Miami with 1.4 steals, ranked third on the club with 5.4 assists, and made 38.2% of his three-pointers, draining 132-of-346 attempts. His 663 successful field goals for the season would rank seventh in the NBA, on 1,421 attempts for a .467 field goal success rate. He also made a team-best 88% of his foul shots, making 250-of-284.

Rice totaled started in every game but one for the Heat at small forward through the season, leading the team with 2,999 minutes on the floor and with 81 appearances. He finished second on the team with 358 defensive rebounds, ranking third with 434 total boards, and pitched in with a team-best 110 steals, a team-fourth 184 assists, and a team-fourth 32 blocked shots.

Rice had a lot of high-impact performances through the season, racking up 10 double-doubles, 27 games with 40 or more minutes on the floor, and 13 30+ point games. On November 26th, he had his best game of the season when he scored 38 points on 12-of-19 shooting, with 16 rebounds, five steals and three assists in a 101-93 win against the Boston Celtics. Two weeks later on December 9th, he scored 40 with six steals, six rebounds, and five helpers as the Heat lost in overtime to the 17-1 Houston Rockets, 115-109. On April 19th, he scored 32 with 10 rebounds, three blocks, two assists and a steal, draining four-of-six three-pointers and helping the Heat defeat the Minnesota Timberwolves 126-99.

In Miami's five-game series loss to the Atlanta Hawks in the first round of the postseason, Rice scored 65 points to rank third on the club, making just seven-of-23 from outside and collecting a team-third 36 rebounds. He led the club with 11 steals, but posted a playoff high of just 19 points, over two points below his regular season average.

Second Star

3 Steve Smith 1096.8

Smith ranked second on the Heat with 78 total appearances, and with 2,776 minutes on the floor. He provided the Heat with a second viable long-range threat, making 91-of-262 shots from beyond the arc for a 34.7% success rate, and also drained 491-of-1076 (.456) field goal attempts and 273-of-327 (.835). free throws. He led the team with 394 assists through the season, and was third on the Heat with 84 steals and with 35 blocked shots.

Smith averaged 17.3 points per game, which was his highest total as a member of the Heat. He played 35.6 minutes per game and ranked 10th in the NBA with an average rating of plus-3.6. He also led the squad an average of 5.1 assists. He racked up nine double doubles for the season.

On November 11th Smith made eight-of-11 shots from the field, dished out seven assists, grabbed five rebounds, rejected two shots and made three steals in a win over the Milwaukee Bucks by a 116-103 final. In Smith's best showing of the campaign, on December 18th, he scored 29 points on 11-of-18 shooting, with nine rebounds (five offensive), six assists, a steal and a blocked shot as the Heat defeated the Philadelphia 76ers by a 113-90 final count. On March 15th, in a 101-94 victory against the Bucks, he scored 27 points with 10 rebounds, five assists, and four steals.

Smith played two games for the Heat in 1994-95 before they traded him to the Atlanta Hawks, with Grant Long and a draft pick for Kevin Willis and a draft pick. He played with the Hawks for five seasons, and made the 1998 all-star team while with the team. He later went on to play for the Portland Trail Blazers, the San Antonio Spurs, the New Orleans Hornets, and the Charlotte Bobcats before rejoining the Heat for 13 games at the end of his career in 2004-05.

Third Star

4 Rony Seikaly 909.3

Seikaly averaged 15.1 points over his 72 appearances, starting 60 times at center for the Heat in 1993-94. He had 10.3 rebounds (3.4 offensive) and 1.4 blocks per game to lead Miami, and pitched in with 1.9 assists and 0.8 steals.

Seikaly totaled 2,410 minutes and made 392-of-803 shots from the field, along with 304-of-422 free throws, making 48.8% of his field goals and 72% of his shots from the line. He had 100 total blocked shots, the third time in his career that he had triple digits in the category, and his team-leading 740 rebounds would mark only his fourth highest career total. The team went 3-7 without Seikaly appearing in the game, versus 39-33 with him in the lineup.

Seikaly racked up 34 double-doubles and had 15 or more rebounds in 13 contests. On November 11th, he made 14-of-23 shots to score 33 points, with 13 rebounds, four blocks and four assists in a 116-103 win over the Milwaukee Bucks. His best game of the season, on March 13th, would see him score 36 points, including 16-of-17 foul shots, along with 16 boards, three helpers, three steals and two blocked shots in a win over the Boston Celtics, 106-87.

Just before the start of the 1994-95 season, the Heat traded Seikaly with Clifford Rozier and a second round pick to the Golden State Warriors for Sasha Danilovic and Billy Owens. Seikaly played two seasons with the Warriors , a season and a half with the Orlando Magic, and 18 games with the New Jersey Nets before calling it quits after the 1998-99 season.

Fourth Star

43 Grant Long 674.6

Long totaled just 69 games for Miami in 1993-94, the least amount of games in his Heat career. He started 59 times at power forward and totaled 2,201 minutes, making 300-of-672 field goals (.446) and 187-of-238 free throws (.786). His 495 total rebounds ranked him second on the club, as did his 190 offensive boards and his 89 steals. He also had 170 assists and 26 blocked shots.

Long averaged 31.9 minutes per game and 11.4 points to rank fourth on the club (perfect for a fourth star). His 2.8 offensive rebounds, 4.4 defensive rebounds, 7.2 total rebounds, and 1.3 steals per game ranked commensurately with his total numbers, ranking him second on the team behind Rony Seikaly (boards) and Glen Rice (steals).

Long had a great night on March 1st, earning one of his 10 double-doubles for the season with 22 points and a dozen rebounds in a win over the Bucks, 110-102. Six days later, he made 10-of-12 shots for 24 points, along with nine rebounds in a 112-104 loss to the Boston Celtics.

Long played just two games in 1994-95 for the Heat before the team sent him with Steve Smith and a second round pick to the Atlanta Hawks for Kevin Willis and a first round pick. Long would play in the NBA until after his 36th birthday, playing with the Hawks (211 games), the Detroit Pistons (105 games), the Vancouver / Memphis Grizzlies (174 games), and the Boston Celtics (41 games).

Fifth Star

20 Brian Shaw 594.8

Brian Shaw was a 6'6, 190 lb. shooting guard out of the University of California at Santa Barbara. The Oakland, CA native was born on March 22nd, 1966, and selected in the first round of the 1988 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics. After two and a half seasons as a Celtic, Shaw joined the Heat in the trade that sent Sherman Douglas to Boston on January 10th, 1992. After finishing that season, Shaw played 68 games with Miami in 1992-93, starting 45 times at point guard.

In 1993-94, Shaw averaged 26.5 minutes per game, starting in 52 of his 77 overall appearances at point guard. He made 73-of-216 three-point shot attempts and 278-of-667 shots from the field overall, making 33.8% and 41.7% of his shots respectively. He made 64-of-89 shots (.719) from the line. He ranked second on the Heat with 5.0 assists per game, and pitched in with 9.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, and just under one steal.

Shaw totaled 2,037 minutes on the floor, and had 385 total assists, 350 rebounds, 71 steals and 21 blocks. On December 22nd, he scored 17 in 27 minutes, with eight boards, six helpers, and four steals as the Heat defeated the Philadelphia 76ers, 98-90. He had 10 double-doubles in total through the season, including February 5th, when he mad 13-of-22 shots for 27 points, adding 10 rebounds and nine assists in a 96-94 loss to the 76ers.

Shaw signed as a free agent with the Orlando Magic after the season, and played three seasons with the team. He later joined the Golden State Warriors, the 76ers, the Portland Trail Blazers, then four seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers to close out his career, helping the team to a three-peat series of titles from 1999-00 through 2001-02. After retirement, he joined the coaching staff with the Lakers. He was last employed as the Head coach of the Denver Nuggets until he was dismissed on March 3rd, 2015.

The Rest

22 John Salley 554.6

12 Bimbo Coles 533.4

32 Harold Miner 433.2

52 Matt Geiger 418.0

34 Willie Burton 232.4

2 Keith Askins 50.2

33 Alec Kessler 16.2

21 Morlon Wiley 3.1

35 Gary Alexander 0.0

10 Manute Bol -4.7

Check back here on Saturday as we get into the 1994-95 season. In the meantime, keep it here for everything you could ever want to know about the Heat.