We continue our look at the greatest players for each position that have played for the Miami Heat. The power forward position is probably, if any, the most that is up for grabs when it comes to rounding it out. In fact, you can make a case that some of the best players to play the position did it for a year.
We’d love for you to read through and tell us what you think.
**These rankings are based on both longevity and impact. A player is not ineligible if they played for a short amount of time, but their impact must be high.**
Let’s take a look at the best power forwards to play for the Miami Heat.
#5 — Antoine Walker
You might say that he played just as much small forward, but Walker’s stint in Miami was a success. Traded to the Heat in a blockbuster deal, Walker had to adjust to a mostly reserve role — and guess what? It ended up in a 2006 championship. Walker was such an important player on that team because he actually started all 23 playoff games for them and was the third leading scorer behind Wade and Shaq.
Walker spent only two years in Miami, but he will forever be a champion.
#4 — Anthony Mason
Mason had a one-year stint in Miami that most people forget. He was a rock for a team at the end of their run. This was the last year of the Hardaway-Mourning combo. Mason played and started 80 games and was actually and All-Star this season averaging 16 PPG.
But he disappeared in the Playoffs and I mean disappeared. He played over 32 minutes per games and averaged 5 points in a three-game sweeping loss to the Charlotte Hornets. It was an ugly end to an actually decent season. Mason played well and for his All-Star nomination, he makes this list.
#3 — Lamar Odom
Another one-year stint player, Odom was a really good layover for the Heat. After striking out on signing Elton Brand, the Heat grabbed Odom and he played one year (Wade’s rookie season) before being traded for Shaq with other players.
Odom lead the Heat in scoring with 17 PPG that season and then turned the keys over to Wade in the playoffs. Odom was well liked for his time in Miami and he was crucial in shaping a new era for the Heat alongside the emergence of Dwyane Wade.
#2 — Udonis Haslem
I don’t know that we will ever see a player like UD again in Miami. So devoted and committed to the team. He embodies the Heat culture. Haslem has spent his entire 17-year career with the Heat (and still going?). He was instrumental as the starting power forward on the 2006 title team.
And he was a valuable asset in both the 2012 and 2013 title teams. Haslem was a rebounding, charge-taking, defensive minded, spirited-leader that the Heat have needed. He would fight, literally, for his teammates. He would do anything for the team.
He has been loved since the moment he started making those baseline jumpers. He didn’t score at a high-rate and was never an All-Star. But his longevity and impact in Miami will make his jersey retired one day here.
#1 — Chris Bosh
CB-1 is my clear choice for the best power forward in Heat history.
There has never been the caliber of player at this position better than Bosh. He was an 11-time consecutive All-Star and his last 6 were a part of the Heat. He averaged 18 PPG and 7.3 RPG in those seasons with Miami.
He was the third piece of the Big 3 that lead the Heat to title in 2012 and 2013. He got the rebound and kicked it back out to Allen for the Game 6 victory that saved 2013. Once Bosh expanded his game to the three-point line, he made the Heat so much more lethal. Bosh was a great player.
And he proved it once more once LeBron left and he and Dwyane Wade became the center of the team, Bosh pushed his average up to 21 PPG in 2014-15. But that season and the season after were cut in half as he suffered from consecutive issues with blood clots in his legs and forced him to sit and eventually retire.
His jersey already hangs in the rafters.
Let me know what you think of the list! What would you change? I want you to know the biggest hustle for me was leaving off P.J. Brown off the list because he was a consistent presence for the Heat during their 90’s run. But he was a role player, and these other guys were more than that.