Hot Hot Hoops writers Brandon Di Perno and Diego Quezada continue to draft their 10-man all-time Heat teams. This article will cover each person’s reserves. To see who each person picked for their starters, click here.
Remember, players are drafted considering their peak during their tenure with the Miami Heat. Because Diego got the first pick at the starters, Brandon will have the No. 1 pick for the reserves.
BRANDON’S FIRST PICK: Goran Dragic
I need a leader for the second unit, and Goran is the obvious choice. An All-Star caliber point guard (and 1 time All-Star) and arguably this season’s Sixth Man of The Year, there’s nobody else I’d rather have running my offense. He can score, distribute and lead and I has been one of my favorite Heat players since he arrived in Miami.
Sometimes he gets glossed over, but it’s hard to forget memories like this:
DIEGO’S FIRST PICK: Because I have LeBron playing the point in my starting five, I’ll go with Mario Chalmers here to provide secondary ball-handling. In case you forgot, Chalmers came up huge for the Heat in big moments — 25 points on 9-of-15 shooting in Game 4 of the 2012 Finals, 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting in Game 6 of the 2013 Finals.
BRANDON’S SECOND PICK: Udonis Haslem is the heart and soul of the Miami Heat. There’s a reason he’s still in the league, and though his best days are behind him, his role as a mentor is second to none. However, when Udonis was in his prime he was very solid averaging 12 points and 9 rebounds. His mid-range jumper was also a huge threat as made clear in the Big Three era. With prime Udonis on my roster, I have the grit and grind that makes the Heat very hard to beat.
DIEGO’S SECOND PICK: I haven’t given the late ‘90s Heat any love on my team, so I’ll go with P.J. Brown. Brown earned two All-NBA Defensive Team selections with the Heat. Along with Tim Hardaway and Alonzo Mourning, he was a key pillar of the Heat’s first championship-contending teams. With Brandon picking UD, I’ll go with the another defensive-minded power forward.
BRANDON’S THIRD PICK: Rony Seikaly was a force in the ‘90s for the Heat averaging 17.1 points and 11.8 rebounds in his best season with the Heat. His scoring presence coupled with his rebounding ability make him a solid reserve option. He was also deceptively quick for a player which makes him a threat for those slow to converge on defense.
DIEGO’S THIRD PICK: Lamar Odom led the Heat during the 2003-04 season, and I’m picking him here. He averaged 17.1 points and 9.7 rebounds per game during his lone season in Miami. He also offers great versatility on both ends of the court. Let’s not forget that after signing Odom, Pat Riley compared him to Magic Johnson.
BRANDON’S FOURTH PICK: Though Josh Richardson may have never lived up to what Heat faithful considered star potential, he was still a great two-way player. His shooting ability, and defensive prowess make him an ideal reserve for my team. Though he might not be the ideal final option in a close game, his ability to shut down players and explode for scoring bursts make him a real threat.
DIEGO’S FOURTH PICK: Shane Battier gets the nod here. Battier shot 43 percent from 3 during the 2012-13 season, and how could anyone forget him going 6-for-8 from downtown in Game 7 of the 2013 Finals? Though he was past his prime defensively in Miami, Battier nonetheless enabled the Heat to move LeBron to the four.
BRANDON’S FIFTH PICK: Ray Allen may not have been his prime with the Heat, but there’s no question that he succeeded in his role as knock-down shooter. In his best season with the Heat, Ray shot 41% from three-point range — that alone makes him worth the pick. He has a championship pedigree and let’s face it, with the game on the line, there’s only one guy I want taking a corner three.
DIEGO’S FIFTH PICK: For my last pick, I’ll go with Steve Smith. As a rookie, Smith was a key cog on Miami’s first-ever playoff team (1991-92), and he upped his scoring average to 17.3 points per game in his third year. He’d be great off the bench to provide scoring punch.
BRANDON’S FINAL TEAM
Starters: Dwyane Wade, Alonzo Mourning, Tim Hardaway, Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo
Reserves: Goran Dragic, Udonis Haslem, Rony Seikaly, Josh Richardson, Ray Allen
DIEGO’S FINAL TEAM
Starters: LeBron James, Eddie Jones, Glen Rice, Chris Bosh, Shaquille O’Neal
Reserves: Mario Chalmers, Steve Smith, Shane Battier, Lamar Odom, P.J. Brown