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Miami's 2007-08 campaign was sandwiched on either side by a playoff team with a winning record, but for one season only, the Heat were just terrible.

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Miami's 2007-08 campaign was sandwiched on either side by a playoff team with a winning record, but for one season only, the Heat were just terrible. They matched a franchise worst 15-67 record somehow, despite winning an NBA title just two seasons prior and making four consecutive trips to the finals starting three seasons afterward. Miami endured two double-digit losing streaks (15 games and 11 games), and only once through the year put together as much as two consecutive wins.

First Star

Dwyane Wade 892.6

Wade earned his fourth straight First Star and his fifth overall in his five Miami seasons, despite again being limited to just 51 games. He started 49 times for the Heat at shooting guard, and averaged 24.6 points with 6.9 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 1.7 steals in 38.3 minutes per game, leading the team in average minutes, points and assists. He shot .469 by making 439-of-937 from the field and .286 from outside, going 22-of-77. From the foul line, he hit just over three-quarters of his attempts, making 354-of-467 for a .758 success rate.

Wade's PER was his lowest since his rookie season, registering a mark of 21.5 with a 3.3 Win Share, a 33.1% usage rate, and a 2.5 VORP, leading the team in each of the advanced statistical categories. Almost unfathomably, his 1,954 minutes ranked second on the team, as did his 2,154 points, his 354 assists, and his 87 steals. He also pitched in with 214 rebounds and a team-fourth 37 blocked shots.

Wade scored in double-digits 50 times for the Heat, with nine double doubles. He scored 20 or more 33 times and topped 30 points on 17 occasions. On December 20th, in a 107-103 overtime loss to the New Jersey Nets (shudder), he dropped in 41 points on 15-of-23 shooting, with six assists, five rebounds, three blocks and three steals. Eight days later, he poured in 48 points by sinking 16-of-21 field goals and 16-of-23 foul shots, with 11 helpers, seven rebounds, three blocks and three steals in another overtime loss, to the Orlando Magic, 121-114. On January 21st, he scored 42 with seven assists, six rebounds and three steals as the Heat dropped a 97-90 decision to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

With the Heat so far out of contention and Wade battling knee pain throughout the season, Pat Riley encouraged him to seek treatment and announced Wade would miss the final quarter of the season to undergo OssaTron Treatment.

Second Star

Ricky Davis 753.6

Davis, alternately known as "Ricky Buckets," (or "Grits N Gravy," or "Wrong Rim Ricky") was a 6'6", 195 lb. shooting guard and small forward from Las Vegas, Nevada. Born on September 23rd, 1979, he played one season of college basketball for the Iowa Hawkeyes in 1997-98, scoring 15.0 points with 4.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 31 games. The Charlotte Hornets chose him in the first round of the 1998 NBA Entry Draft, with the 21st overall selection.

Davis played two seasons with the Hornets, averaging just 12.0 minutes per game over 94 appearances. His per-36 stats showed promise, with 13.9 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 1.9 steals per three-quarters. After a seven-game appearance with the Heat in 2000-01 (70 minutes, 32 points, 11 assists, seven boards, five steals, one-of-one three pointers), he joined the Cleveland Cavaliers (183 games, 32.1 minutes, 16.0 points, 4.1 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.2 steals), the Boston Celtics (181 games, 33.8 minutes, 16.2 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.2 steals), and the Minnesota Timberwolves (117 games, 38.3 minutes, 17.6 points, 4.8 assists, 4.1 rebounds, 1.0 steals).

Just before the 2007-08 season got underway, the Wolves traded Davis with Mark Blount to the Heat for Michael Doleac, Wayne Simien, Antoine Walker, and a draft choice (Ty Lawson). Davis led the Heat by being the only player to appear in all 82 games (Mark Blount was second with 69 appearances), and started in 47 games. He led the team in minutes played by over 1,000 minutes, playing a total of 2,963 for a team-fourth 36.1 average per game. He was second on the team with 1,130 points for a team-fourth average of 13.8.

Davis made 135-of-333 three-pointers for a .405 success rate, along with a .433 overall mark (420-of-971). He also drained 155-of-197 from the foul stripe (.787). His 276 total assists and 3.4 average both ranked third on the team, while 353 total rebounds placed him second (4.3 per game was only fifth best).

Davis had four double-doubles for the Heat through the season, and scored in double-digits 60 times. All of his best performances of the season came after Wade's removal. On March 10th, he scored 27 points on a 10-of-14 night, making four-of-five from outside and adding six assists, three steals, and two rebounds in a 99-98 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. In a 103-96 loss to the New York Knicks on March 26th, he scored 28 points and went seven-for-10 from deep, with nine boards and six assists. His highest GameScore of the season was on April 4th, when he put up 33 points on 11-of-16 shooting, making nine-of-12 shots from outside along with eight assists as the Heat lost to the Washington Wizards, 109-95.

After the season, Davis signed on as a free agent to play for the Clippers (72 games, 17.8 minutes, 5.4 points, 1.7 assists, 1.6 rebounds), last appearing in an NBA game on February 9th, 2010. He later played in Turkish and Chinese leagues, finishing up his playing career in the NBA D-League with the Erie BayHawks in 2013-14.

Third Star

Jason Williams 499.0

Williams played his way into Miami's Five Stars for the third time in his three seasons with the Heat. He started at point guard in 53 games, ranking third on the club with 67 games played overall and 1,886 minutes on the court. He was second on the team with 307 assists, third with 83 steals, and also grabbed 130 rebounds in total (but just 12 offensively). He shot 97-of-275 from outside for a .353 success rate, and 211-of-550 overall from the floor (.384). As always, he was excellent from the foul line, shooting at an .863 clip by making 69-of-80 free throws.

Williams averaged 28.1 minutes per game, with 8.8 points, a team second 4.6 assists, 1.2 steals, and 1.9 rebounds. His 12.7 PER was his lowest since his second year with the Sacramento Kings eight years prior, and he was fifth on the Heat with 2.1 Win Shares. He had a 17.0% usage rate and a VORP that indicated the Heat would have been better off with a random, at -0.1

Despite his questionable utility to the Heat at that point in his career, Williams did score in double-digits 25 times, with two double-doubles through the season. On November 9th, in a 106-101 loss to the Phoenix Suns, he started and played 45 minutes, hitting nine-of-17 from the field for 21 points with 10 assists, five rebounds and four steals. On March 2nd, he made six-of-11 for 18 points, with eight assists and five boards as the Heat fell short to the Kings, 120-109. 12 days later, he played 46:11 of a 105-94 loss to the Orlando Magic, making 14-of-26 shots for a season-high 34 points, with seven helpers and six rebounds.

J-Will retired after the season, and sat out the 2008-09 campaign before rejoining the NBA with the Orlando Magic the following season. He played 98 games over parts of two seasons, averaging 10.1 points with 6.2 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 1.2 steals per-36 minutes. He later played in 11 games for the Memphis Grizzlies, and played a total of 124 minutes with 21 points, 28 assists, and eight rebounds.

Fourth Star

Udonis Haslem 468.0

Haslem earned a Star for the fourth year in a row with Miami's Fourth Star despite being limited to 49 games, 48 of which he started at power forward. He was fourth on the team with 1,805 minutes on the floor, third with 589 points, first with 443 rebounds (also leading the team with 107 offensive boards), and fifth with 39 steals. He also had 68 assists and 16 blocks. He shot .467 from the field, making 237-of-507 and 115-of-142 from the foul stripe (.810).

Haslem tied Jason Williams for eighth on the team with a 12.7 PER, with a team-third 2.5 Win Shares, a -0.3 VORP, and a bargain-basement 16.7% usage rate. His 36.8 minutes per game were good for third on the club, with a team-best 9.0 rebounds, and a team-fourth 12.0 points.

Haslem totaled 11 double-doubles for Miami during their worst season, with 30 games in double figures and 17 contests in which he totaled 10 or more rebounds. Although Haslem has never been an all-star caliber player, he was always a solid presence, and he never put up a negative GameScore. His worst game of the season by the statistic would see him score six points with 13 rebounds (a Christmas Day 96-82 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers). On December 15th, in a 106-103 loss to the Indiana Pacers, he scored 24 points on 10-of-14 shooting, with seven rebounds and three assists. Two nights later, he had 18 points, 16 rebounds and three steals in a 91-87 Heat win over the equally deplorable Minnesota Timberwolves.

Fifth Star

Chris Quinn 384.1

In the midst of the wreckage that personified the 2007-08 season for the Heat, Chris Quinn had his best ever professional season. A 6'2", 185 lb. guard from New Orleans, Louisiana, the Notre Dame product went undrafted after averaging 11.8 points, 3.5 assists, and 2.7 rebounds for the Irish over 123 collegiate contests. The Heat signed him after the draft.

As a rookie, Quinn played a total of 408 minutes over 42 games for Miami, showing long range touch by making 20-of-57 from outside (.351). He successfully built on that in his sophomore NBA season, starting in 25 of his 60 appearances at point guard for the Heat. He ranked in the upper echelon of the NBA's three point shooters, making .403 (64-of-159) of his long-distance bombs. He also made 158-of-373 field goals overall, and 85-of-98 from the foul stripe (.867).

Quinn played 1,340 minutes in total, averaging 22.3 minutes per appearance. He scored 7.8 points with 3.0 assists and 2.0 rebounds per game. His 465 points for Miami only ranked him eighth on the club, but he was fourth with 178 helpers and with 46 steals, and also pitched in with 118 rebounds. His 13.8 PER ranked him third on the team amongst players with at least 1,000 minutes of playing time, and he also racked up a team-second 2.6 Win Shares, a 16.6% usage rate, and a VORP just north of replacement level, at 0.1.

Quinn scored in double figures 24 times through the season for the Heat, as the team stumbled to a 11-49 record when he played and a 4-18 record in games where he didn't. On March 24th, in a 78-73 Heat win over the Milwaukee Bucks, Quinn put up his best stats of the season, draining eight-of-13 from the field, including three-of-five from outside, along with four rebounds, four assists, and four steals. 11 days later, he scored 24 points with eight helpers and two rebounds in a loss to the Washington Wizards, 109-95.

Quinn would play one more season for Miami, appearing in 66 games off the bench in 2008-09, and putting up per-36 numbers of 12.7 points, 4.9 assists, and 2.8 rebounds. He later made NBA appearances with the New Jersey Nets (25 games, 9.0 points, 4.7 assists, 2.6 rebounds, 1.5 steals per 36), the San Antonio Spurs (41 games, 10.0 points, 5.2 assists, 3.1 rebounds per 36) and the Cleveland Cavaliers (seven games, 4.6 points, 4.2 assists, 1.4 steals per 36). He's currently serving with the Heat as part of the assistant coaching staff.

The Rest

Mark Blount 364.5

Shaquille O'Neal 333.8

Dorell Wright 318.6

Daequan Cook 249.7

Shawn Marion 207.9

Earl Barron 177.0

Alonzo Mourning 123.3

Alexander Johnson 101.6

Joel Anthony 83.1

Marcus Banks 82.6

Stephane Lasme 68.7

Anfernee Hardaway 59.7

Kasib Powell 57.5

Luke Jackson 45.4

Blake Ahearn 38.7

Bobby Jones 32.1

Smush Parker 22.5