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Miami's 22nd season would see the team post a 47-35 record and earn the fifth-seed in the playoffs.

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In 2009-10, Miami improved by four games to 47-35, and earned a fifth-seed appointment in the postseason with the Eastern Conference Champion-bound Boston Celtics. The Heat lost, four-games-to-one, but there were better days ahead.

First Star

Dwyane Wade 1712.5

Wade made his sixth straight All Star team in 2009-10, earning his sixth consecutive First Star with Miami and his seventh overall Five Stars performance in seven seasons with the club. He was named to the All-NBA First Team, the All-NBA Defensive Second Team, the NBA Player of the Month in March, and ranked in the Top 10 of the NBA in points per game, assists per game, and steals per game, with values of 26.6 (fifth), 6.5 (10th), and 1.8 (fourth), respectively. He led the league with a 34.9% usage rate, ranked second with a 28.0 PER and with an 8.0 VORP, and fourth with 13.0 Win Shares.

Wade appeared in 77 games for the Heat, starting each time at shooting guard. He led the team with 2,792 minutes on the floor and with 36.3 per game, as well as with 2,045 overall points, 501 assists, and 142 steals. He was third on the team with 82 blocks and 1.1 per game, and ranked fifth with a total of 373 rebounds, 4.8 per game. He ranked in the top 10 in the NBA in field goals and free throws made and attempted, making 719-of-1511 from the field (.476) and 534-of-702 from the stripe (.761). He also made 73-of-243 from outside for a .300 three-point shot percentage.

Wade earned 17 double-doubles through the season, with 64 games where he totaled 20 or more points and 27 performances of 30 or more. He had double-digit GameScore's in 69 of his appearances. On December 6th, he knocked down 34 points with 10 assists, five rebounds, and four blocks in 38 minutes of a 115-102 win over the Sacramento Kings. On March 2nd, he drained 15-of-23 field goals on his way to 35 points, with 12 helpers, six boards and four steals in 36 minutes as the Heat defeated the Golden State Warriors, 110-106. His best game of the season by GameScore came in a 105-96 overtime win against the Indiana Pacers on April 2nd, when he scored 43 points with nine rebounds, six assists, three blocks and three steals in 44 minutes.

Wade was even better in the Heat's five game postseason loss to the Celtics, although he was the only bright spot in a suitcase full of bad. He racked up a 0.8 VORP in the short series (the rest of the team totaled -0.5), and saw his PER go up to 29.4 (nobody else had a rating higher than 11.6 (Joel Anthony (smh))). Wade played 42 minutes per game with 33.2 points, 6.8 assists, 5.6 rebounds, 1.6 blocks and 1.6 steals per game. He also suddenly became a viable three-point threat, connecting on 15-of-37 shots for a .405 success rate. Every GameScore of the playoffs for Wade would be above 20, with his best performance in Miami's lone win, a 101-92 home victory in Game Four. Wade poured in 46 points with five assists, five rebounds and two steals in the victory.

Second Star

Michael Beasley 787.0

Beasley, not yet old enough to legally take a drink when the season started, ranked second on the Heat with 78 games, leading Miami with 78 starts (at the power forward position). He played a career-high and team-second 2,328 minutes, shooting .450 from the field, .275 from outside, and .800 from the line making 468-for-1040, 28-for-102, and 192-for-240, respectively. He was also second on the team with 1,156 points and 498 rebounds, third with 80 steals, and fourth with 100 assists and 49 blocks.

Super-Cool-Beas put up per-game figures commensurate with his cumulative stats, ranking second with 14.8 points, third with 6.4 rebounds and with 1.0 steals, and fifth with 1.3 helpers. Along with the other two "Top Three Stars," Beasley ranked above an NBA average 15.0 PER, racking up a 16.1 figure. He had a 25.8% usage rate (team-second), 4.6 Win Shares (team-fifth), and a 0.2 VORP.

Beasley racked up 11 double doubles for the Heat, scoring in double figures 60 times and putting up 20 or more on 22 occasions. On December 1st, in a 107-100 win over the Portland Trail Blazers, Beasley scored 27 points with eight boards. Two weeks later, he put up his best performance of the season with 28 points and 11 rebounds in a 115-95 win against the Toronto Raptors. On February 4th, Beas made nine-of-14 shots from the field for 21 points, with a dozen rebounds, three helpers, two steals and two blocks as the Heat dropped a 102-86 decision to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Beasley averaged a 5.5 GameScore through the playoffs, scoring 10.4 points with 5.8 rebounds in 27.0 minutes per game. In fact, his best GameScore (10.1) was less than half of Wade's worst GameScore (20.6).

During the 2010 offseason, the Heat traded Beasley to the Minnesota Timberwolves for cash and two draft picks (Bojan Bogdanovic plus a later-traded-away second rounder). Beasley played two seasons with Minnesota (120 games, 28.7 minutes, 16.2 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.7 assists) and a season with the Phoenix Suns (75 games, 20.7 minutes, 10.1 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists). He later made his way back to the Heat, playing in 79 games over parts of two seasons with per-36 figures of 17.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 1.0 steals. He played 20 games last season with the Houston Rockets with much-improved per-36 stats of 25.3 points, 9.7 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.1 steals.

Third Star

Jermaine O'Neal 709.3

O'Neal was a 6'11", 226 lb. center and power forward from Columbia, South Carolina. Born on October 13th, 1978, he joined the NBA straight out of Eau Claire High School when the Portland Trail Blazers picked him up in the first round of the 1996 NBA Entry Draft with the 17th overall selection.

Before making his way to the Heat, O'Neal would spend four seasons with the Trail Blazers (211 games, 11.5 minutes, 12.1 points, 9.6 rebounds, 2.3 blocks per 36), eight seasons with the Indiana Pacers (514 games, 35.0 minutes, 18.6 points, 9.6 rebounds, 2.4 blocks, 2.0 assists, six all-star selections), and half of a season with the Toronto Raptors (41 games, 29.7 minutes, 16.4 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.4 blocks, 2.0 assists per-36). On February 13th, 2009, the Raptors traded him with Jamario Moon, a trade exception, and two draft picks (DaSean Butler and Jonas Valanciunas) to the Heat for Marcus Banks, Shawn Marion and cash.

O'Neal played in 27 games to close out the 2008-09 season for the Heat, and over 30 minutes per night averaged 13.0 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 2.0 assists.

For the 2009-10 Heat O'Neal put up 14 double-doubles and scored in double figures 54 times over his 70 games, all starts at center. Miami was 37-33 with him in the lineup and 10-2 when he didn't appear. On opening night in a 115-93 win against the New York Knicks, he scored 22 points on 10-of-12 shooting, with 12 rebounds and four assists. On January 27th, he scored 22 with eight boards and three blocks in a 111-103 loss to the Toronto Raptors. His best game of the season was also in a loss, a 95-91 setback to the Chicago Bulls, in which he totaled 24 points and 16 rebounds with five assists and three blocked shots.

O'Neal ranked fifth on the team with 1,991 minutes played, and shot 394-of-745 from the field to lead the team with a .529 shooting percentage. He made 162-of-225 from the line (.720). He totaled 950 points for third on the club, and ranked third on the team with 486 rebounds and second with 95 blocked shots. He was second on the team with a 17.9 PER, third with a 22.9% usage rate, fourth with a 5.6 Win Shares, and fourth with a 1.0 VORP.

In July following the season, O'Neal signed a free agent contract to play with the Boston Celtics. He played limited minutes over two seasons, getting into 49 games off the bench and averaging 20.4 minutes per game. He averaged 9.1 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 2.6 blocks per 36 minutes. He later played with the Phoenix Suns (55 games, 18.7 minutes, 15.9 points, 10.3 rebounds, 2.7 blocks, 1.5 assists per 36) and the Golden State Warriors (44 games, 20.1 minutes, 14.2 points, 9.9 rebounds, 1.6 blocks, 1.0 assists).

Fourth Star

Udonis Haslem 643.9

Haslem earned the Fourth Star for the fifth time in six seasons, and appeared in his sixth overall Five Stars with his performance in 2009-10. He played in 78 games at power forward for the Heat, all off the bench, shooting 312-of-632 (.494) from the field and 147-of-193 from the foul line (.762). He was third on the team with 2,177 minutes, led the club with 629 rebounds and 167 offensive boards, and ranked fourth with 771 points.

Haslem averaged 27.9 minutes and scored 9.9 points per game, ranking fourth in both categories while leading the team with 8.1 rebounds. He earned a career second-best 14.6 PER with a team-fifth 17.1% usage rate and a Heat-second 6.0 Win Shares while racking up a negative VORP, at -0.3.

Haslem totaled 21 double-doubles over the season, and scored in double-digits 41 times. He had his best game of the season on November 14th, in an 81-80 win over the New Jersey Nets. He scored 28 points with 12 rebounds and two assists. On December 11th, he drained nine-of-10 field goals on his way to 22 points, with 10 rebounds as Miami dropped a 106-93 decision to the Dallas Mavericks. On March 28th, he made 10-of-11 field goals for 23 points, with six rebounds in a 97-94 Miami triumph over the Toronto Raptors.

Fifth Star

Quentin Richardson 563.7

Richardson was a 6'6", 223 lb. small forward and shooting guard from Chicago, Illinois. Born on April 13th, 1980, he played two seasons with the DePaul Blue Demons, averaging 17.9 points, 10.2 rebounds, and 1.6 assists over 64 collegiate contests. The Los Angeles Clippers selected him in the first round of the 2000 NBA Entry Draft with the 18th overall selection.

Richardson played four seasons with the Clippers (281 games, 25.7 minutes, 12.0 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists), later spending a season with the Phoenix Suns (79 games, 35.9 minutes, 14.9 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.2 steals) and four seasons with the New York Knicks (242 games, 28.2 minutes, 9.7 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists).

During the 2009 offseason, Richardson was traded by the Knicks to the Memphis Grizzlies for Darko Milicic, then traded to the Clippers for Zach Randolph, then traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Mark Madsen, Craig Smith and Sebastian Telfair, then traded to the Heat for Mark Blount.

Richardson, who led the NBA in three-pointers made and attempted while with the Phoenix Suns in 2004-05, racked up the second most prolific long-distance shooting season of his career in his only season in Miami. He made 142-of-358 from outside, for a .397 shooting success rate second only to little used James Jones (37-for-90, .411). Richardson made 242-of-561 from the field overall (.431) and 52-of-71 from the foul stripe (.732). He earned a 12.9 PER, a team-third 5.8 Win Shares, and a team-second 2.1 VORP while sporting an anemic usage rate of 14.8%.

Richardson started in 75 of his 76 appearances for Miami at small forward, playing 2,082 minutes (27.4 per game), scoring 678 points (8.9 points), grabbing 374 rebounds (4.9), dishing out 93 assists (1.2), and making 70 steals (0.9). He had five double-doubles for the Heat, and scored in double-figures 28 times.

On December 20th, Richardson buried all seven of his three-point attempts while not even attempting a two-point shot, scoring 22 points with four rebounds in a 102-95 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers. On March 4th, he helped the Heat get to the .500 mark by scoring 25 points with five rebounds and three steals in a 114-111 overtime win against the Los Angeles Lakers. Eight days later, he made seven-of-11 from deep and scored 23 points, with seven boards and two helpers in a 108-95 win against the Chicago Bulls.

During the offseason, Richardson signed on as a free agent with the Orlando Magic, then played two seasons with them (105 games, 17.3 minutes, 4.4 points, 2.9 rebounds). In 2012-13, he got into one game with the Knicks, going one-for-11 from the field over 29 minutes of game action. It was the last time he laced up his high tops at basketball's top level. He is currently the director of player development with the Detroit Pistons.

The Rest

Dorell Wright 447.8

Mario Chalmers 422.3

Carlos Arroyo 414.6

Joel Anthony 263.5

Daequan Cook 112.0

Rafer Alson 105.4

James Jones 89.6

Jamaal Magliore 60.8

Shavlik Randolph 4.3

Yakhouba Diawara -2.7