Miami Heat Player Bios

Published On: Apr 09 2013 08:23:50 PM EDT   Updated On: Feb 25 2014 02:19:31 PM EST

RAY ALLEN:

Years Pro: 17

College: Connecticut

Selected in the first round of the 1996 NBA Draft (fifth overall) by the Minnesota Timberwolves. Allen's draft rights were traded along with a future first-round draft choice to the Milwaukee Bucks. Signed by the Miami Heat as a free agent on July 11, 2012.

Ray majored in Communications at the University of Connecticut. Allen starred with Denzel Washington in 2001’s “He Got Game” playing a character named Jesus Shuttlesworth. His foundation is named the Ray of Hope. It was established in 1997.

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CHRIS ANDERSEN:

Years Pro: 11

College: Blinn

Signed as a free agent by the Miami Heat on February 8, 2013. Andersen has 14 career double-doubles and has appeared in 20 career playoff games (all with Denver).  Began his professional career with Jiangsu Nagang of the Chinese Basketball League, where he averaged 17.0 ppg, 13.5 rpg and 2.50 bpg while shooting .536 from the field

Andersen showed off his colorful tattoos in PETA’s “Ink Not Mink” ad campaign to protest the fur industry. Anderson placed 3rd and 4th in the NBA’s slam dunk contest in 2004 and 2005.  Nickname is the Birdman.

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SHANE BATTIER:

Years Pro: 12

College: Duke

Selected in the first round of the 2001 NBA Draft (sixth overall) by the Memphis Grizzlies, Battier was signed by the Miami Heat as a free agent on December 10, 2011. A two-time NBA All-Defensive Second Team selection and a five-time Division Sportsmanship Award winner and was a First Team All-Rookie selection and a one-time Rookie of the Month honoree. Battier has scored in double figures 22 times in postseason play, including a pair of 20-point games

Established the “Battier Take Charge” foundation to raise money for education. Was named the 7th smartest professional News in Sept. 2010.  In 1990 named Punt, Pass, and Kick Champion in Michigan.

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MICHAEL BEASLEY:

Years Pro: 5

College: Kansas State

Selected in the first round of the 2008 NBA Draft (second overall) by the Miami Heat. Traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves by the Miami Heat in 2010 in exchange for 2011 and 2014 second-round draft picks. Signed with the Miami Heat on September 11, 2013. Averaged 10.1 points per game during the 2012-13 season as a member of the Phoenix Suns.

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CHRIS BOSH:

Years Pro: 10

College: Georgia Tech

Selected in the first round of the 2003 NBA Draft (fourth overall) by the Toronto Raptors and traded to the Miami Heat for a pair of first-round draft picks on July 9, 2010. Bosh is a seven-time NBA All-Star…has earned All-NBA Second Team honors and All-Rookie First Team honors once each…has been selected the NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week six times and Player of the Month once. Is the Raptors’ all-time leader in points, total rebounds, offensive rebounds, defensive rebounds, free throws made, blocks, minutes, games started and double-doubles.

Has his own foundation called Team Tomorrow that helps community-based organizations. Was appointed editor at large for Ocean Drive magazine in 2010. Created his own used car salesman skit to reach the All-Star game in 2008.

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MARIO CHALMERS:

Years Pro: 5

College: Kansas

Chalmers was drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the second round (34th overall) of the 2008 NBA Draft, draft rights were acquired by the Miami Heat in exchange for two 2009 second-round draft picks and cash considerations on June 26, 2008. Heading into 2012-13 season, has averaged 8.3 points, 3.6 assists, 2.4 rebounds, 1.47 steals and 27.1 minutes while shooting 41.9 percent from the floor, 35.9 percent from three-point range and 78.1 percent from the foul line. Chalmers ranks among the HEAT’s all-time postseason leaders in three-point field goals made (2nd), steals (tied-2nd), three-point field goals attempted (3rd), games (4th), assists (4th), minutes (5th), points (8th), field goals made (8th) and attempted (8th), free throws made (tied-8th) and attempted (8th), double-figure scoring efforts (tied-9th) and starts (tied-9th). Was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team.

Born in Alaska. Has his own charity called the “Mario V. Chalmers Foundation” encouraging youth development through sports and education. He hosts a golf classic and basketball camp in Kansas, where he went to college.

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NORRIS COLE:

Years Pro: 2

College: Cleveland State

Cole was drafted by the Chicago Bulls in the first round (28th overall) of the 2011 NBA Draft, draft rights were traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves along with the draft rights to Malcolm Lee and cash considerations in exchange for the draft rights to Nikola Mirotic on June 23, 2011, draft rights were traded from Minnesota to the Miami Heat in exchange for the draft rights to Bojan Bogdanovic (31st overall selection), a future 2014 second-round draft pick and cash considerations on June 23, 2011. Ranked among the NBA rookie leaders in free throw percentage (8th), assists (12th) and scoring average (17th). During the 2012 NBA Playoffs, came off the bench in all 19 games in which he appeared and averaged 1.8 points (.324 FG%, .778 FT%), 0.6 assists, 0.5 rebounds and 8.9 minutes.

His cousin, Trent Cole, is a defensive lineman for the Philadelphia Eagles. Graduated from Cleveland State with a degree in health science. Traveled to New Zealand in August 2009 as part of an Athletes in Action tour.

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TONEY DOUGLAS:

Years Pro: 4

College: Florida State

Douglas was traded on the same day that he was originally drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers with the 29th overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft. Established a then-record Knicks rookie mark for 3-pointers made (68-175 3FG) during the 2009-2010 season. Owns 18 20-plus scoring games and one 30-point effort (30 points on 11/4/10 at Chicago). Shares New York’s single-game record with nine 3-pointers made (9-12 3FG) vs. Memphis (3/17/11). Douglas' brother Harry plays for the Atlanta Falcons. Toney and Harry are the sixth pair of brothers to play in the NBA and NFL, respectively.

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UDONIS HASLEM:

Years Pro: 9

College: Florida

Haslem was not drafted by the NBA out of college in 2002. Spent the 2002-03 season with Chalon Sur-Saone in France and signed by the Miami Heat as a free agent on Aug. 6, 2003. Has served as team captain each of the past five seasons. Led the NBA in 2009-10 in double-doubles off the bench (21) and is Miami’s all-time leader in defensive rebounds and ranks among the Heat’s all-time leaders in games played (2nd), minutes (2nd), total rebounds (2nd), double-doubles (3rd), offensive rebounds (3rd), starts (4th), field goal percentage (5th), field goals made (5th), field goals attempted (7th), points (7th), free throws made (7th), double-figure scoring efforts (7th), free throws attempted (8th), steals (9th), blocks (11th), free throw percentage (15th) and assists (19th). Was an NBA All-Rookie Second Team selection

Goes by the nickname: “U.D.” Is a member of both the Miami High and University of Florida Hall of Fames. Started the Udonis Haslem Children’s Foundation in 2005. Played Football until 10th grade when a knee injury forced him to the sidelines.

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LEBRON JAMES:

Years Pro: 10

High School: St. Vincent-St. Mary (Akron)

Selected in the first round of the 2003 NBA Draft (first overall) by the Cleveland Cavaliers and traded to the Miami Heat for a pair of first-round draft picks and a pair of second-round draft picks on July 9, 2010. James is a three-time NBA regular season MVP and one-time NBA Finals MVP, is a two-time Olympic gold medalist, is an eight-time NBA All-Star and twice has captured All-Star Game MVP honors. Earned All-NBA First Team honors six times and All-NBA Second Team honors twice, is a four-time NBA All-Defensive First Team selection, named the NBA Rookie of the Year and was a unanimous All-Rookie First Team selection in 2003-04. Entered the 2012-13 season ranked third on the NBA’s all-time scoring average list behind only Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain. Started all 23 games for the Heat during the 2012 NBA Playoffs and averaged 30.3 points (.500 FG%, .739 FT%), 9.7 rebounds, 5.6 assists, 1.87 steals and 42.7 minutes.

Full name is LeBron Raymone James. Launched the LeBron James Family Foundation in 2004 with the mission of empowering children and single-parent households. Grew up idolizing Michael Jordan. Was a first-team All-Star wide receiver in Ohio his sophomore year.

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JAMES JONES:

Years Pro: 9

College: Miami

Selected by the Indiana Pacers in the second round (49th overall) of the 2003 NBA Draft. Traded to the Phoenix Suns for a second-round draft choice on Aug. 25, 2005. Traded to the Portland Trail Blazers along with the draft rights to Rudy Fernandez for cash considerations on July 11, 2007. Signed by the Miami Heat as a free agent on July 9, 2008. Has scored in double figures on 117 occasions, including 12 games with at least 20 points (10 have come off the bench). Ranks among Miami’s all-time leaders in three-point field goal percentage (4th), three-point field goals made (11th) and three-point field goals attempted (12th). Has scored in double figures in 11 postseason contests, including one 20-point effort.

Answers to the nicknames “JHoops” and “JJ.”  Graduated with a finance degree from the University of Miami.  Owns an urban development company called “James Jones Ventures.”  Four Year letter-winner at American Senior High in Miami.  State player of the year in 1999.

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RASHARD LEWIS:

Years Pro: 15

High School: Alief Elsik (Texas)

Selected by the Seattle SuperSonics in the second round (32nd overall) of the 1998 NBA Draft. Traded to the Orlando Magic in a sign-and-trade deal in exchange for a future conditional second-round draft pick on July 11, 2007. Traded to the Washington Wizards in exchange for Gilbert Arenas on Dec. 18, 2010. Traded to the New Orleans Hornets along with a 2012 second-round draft pick in exchange for Trevor Ariza and Emeka Okafor on June 20, 2012. Signed as a free agent by the Miami Heat on July 11, 2012. Is a two-time NBA All-Star. Has hit at least 80 percent of his free throw attempts in a season nine times, including each of the last seven seasons.

Nicknamed “Sweet Lew” by former Sonics broadcaster Kevin Calabro. Threw out the first pitch to a Red Sox-Mariners game in 2000, the day he signed his second pro contract.

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DEANDRE LIGGINS:

Years Pro: 3

College: Kentucky

Signed by the Heat on February 25, 2014 on a 10-day contract. Was named to the Futures All-Star roster for the 2014 NBA D-League All-Star Game as a member of the Sioux Falls Skyforce. Originally drafted by the Orlando Magic in the second round of the 2011 NBA Draft. Has averaged 1.6 ppg and 1.2 rpg in 56 NBA games played with Orlando and the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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GREG ODEN:

Years Pro: 2

College: Ohio State

Selected by Portland in the first round (first pick overall) of the 2007 NBA Draft. Signed as a free agent by the Miami Heat on August 7, 2013. During his rookie season in 2008-09, placed fifth among all NBA rookies and second on the team with 16 double-doubles. Due to injuries, has only played 82 games in his entire career so far, which is effectively one full NBA season over the span of five seasons from 2007 to 2012. If he wasn’t in the NBA, Oden would like to become a dentist

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DWYANE WADE:

Years Pro: 10

College: Marquette

Drafted by the Miami Heat in the first round (fifth overall) of the 2003 NBA Draft. Wade has been crowned NBA Finals MVP once and All-Star Game MVP once, is an eight-time All-Star (seven-time starter), has earned All-NBA First Team honors twice, All-NBA Second Team honors twice and All-NBA Third Team honors twice, has been named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team three times, was a unanimous All-Rookie First Team selection. Is the Miami Heat’s all-time leader in points, field goals made and attempted, free throws made and attempted, double-figure scoring efforts, assists, steals, games played, starts and minutes.

Full name is Dwyane Tyrone Wade, Jr. Started the Wade’s World Foundation with a goal of helping education, family, and health service programs. Has written a book called “A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger Than Basketball.”