Miami Heat Player Bios

Published On: Apr 09 2013 08:23:50 PM EDT
Updated On: Oct 28 2014 02:57:14 PM EDT

CHRIS ANDERSEN:

Years Pro: 12

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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CHRIS BOSH:

Years Pro: 11

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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SHANNON BROWN:

Years Pro: 8

College: Michigan State

Drafted in the first round of the 2006 NBA Draft (25th overall) by the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Heat are Brown's 8th different. Heading into the 2014-15 season, Brown has appeared in 403 career NBA regular season games (58 starts) and averaged 7.7 points, 1.9 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 18.0 minutes while shooting 42 percent from the field, 33.1 percent from three-point range and 80.7 percent from the foul line. 

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MARIO CHALMERS:

Years Pro: 6

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: 3

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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LUOL DENG:

Years Pro: 10

College: Duke

Signed as a free agent by the Heat on July 15, 2014, Deng begins his 11th NBA season in Miami. A 2-time All-Star, Deng began his career as a first round draft pick (7th overall) of the Chicago Bulls in 2004. Deng has averaged 16.0 points per game in his career, peaking at 19.0 points/game as a member of the Bulls in 2013-15 before being traded mid-season to the Cleveland Cavaliers. A British citizen, Deng was born in what is now South Sudan before moving to Egypt and then the United Kingdom. Deng is a spokesperson for the World Food Programme which provides food to 90 million people per year.

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ANDRE DAWKINS:

Years Pro: 0

College: Duke

Dawkins went undrafted out of college and signed with the Heat on September 23, 2014. Dawkins appeared in 142 games at Duke, averaging 7.1 points, 1.6 rebounds while shooting 40.7 from three-point range.

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JAMES ENNIS:

Years Pro: 0

College: Long Beach State

Ennis was traded to the Heat after being selected by the Atlanta Hawks in the second round (50th overall pick) in the 2013 NBA Draft. Ennis appeared in 33 games with the Perth Wildcats of the Australian Basketball League and averaged 21.2 points and 7.2 rebounds in the 2014 season in which he finished third in the league's MVP voting.

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DANNY GRANGER:

Years Pro: 9

College: New Mexico

Granger signed a 2-year free agent contract with the Heat on July 14, 2014. Granger was selected in the 2005 NBA Draft (17th overall) by the Indiana Pacers and was named to the league's All-Rookie Second Team in 2006. A member of the 2009 NBA All-Star team during a season in which he averaged 25.8 points, Granger was named the league's Most Improved Player. Granger has averaged 17.6 points per game in his career. As a member of the US team that played in 2010 FIBA World Championships, Granger won a gold medal. Not only a great basketball player, Granger was offered admission to Yale University after graduating high school.

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JUSTIN HAMILTON:

Years Pro: 1

College: LSU

Hamilton was a second round draft pick of the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2013 NBA Draft before being tarded to the Miami Heat. Hamilton had played in Croatia, Latvia and the NBA's D-League before signing with the Heat and joining the team through the 2014 NBA Playoffs.

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UDONIS HASLEM:

Years Pro: 11

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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JOSH MCROBERTS:

Years Pro: 7

College: Duke

Signed as a free agent on July 14, 2014, McRoberts played the past two seasons with Charlotte and was originally selected by Portland in the 2007 NBA Draft. McRoberts played in 78 games for the Charlotte, averaging 8.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 30.3 minutes and posted career highs in scoring, assists, games played and minutes played. McRoberts ranked second in the NBA in assists per turnover (4.0) and tied for 35th in assists

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SHABAZZ NAPIER:

Years Pro: 0

College: Connecticut

Napier was Charlotte's first round pick (24th overall) in the 2014 NBA Draft before being traded on draft night to the Heat in exchange for the draft rights to P.J. Hairston (26th overall) and Semaj Christon (55th overall), a 2019 second-round draft choice and cash considerations in a draft night trade. Napier led the UConn Huskies to two national championships during his collegiate playing days and was named the Final Four Most Outstanding Player in 2014 while averaging 21.2 points per game.

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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.”

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SHAWNE WILLIAMS:

Years Pro: 7

College: Memphis

Williams, a first round selection (17th overall) of the Indiana Pacers in the 2006 NBA Draft, signed with the Heat on August 1, 2014 after finishing last season with the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA D-League. Williams played in 36 games with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2013-14, averaging 5.6 points and 4.6 rebounds per game.