Miami Heat: The 25 Greatest Players in Franchise History

Miami Heat: The 25 Greatest Players in Franchise History

14. Brian Grant

Brian-Grant of the Miami Heat

Brian Grant is a forgotten man in Heat history due to the time period he spent in the red and black. Grant was acquired before the start of the 2000-01 season in Riley’s “reloading” plan. The Heat had been eliminated in three of the prior four postseasons by the hated rival Knicks, and Riley made an effort to surround the core of Tim Hardaway and Alonzo Mourning with new role players.

Grant, along with Eddie Jones and Anthony Mason, was one of those pieces. Unfortunately, the experiment didn’t work out, as the Heat were eliminated in the first round in the 2001 postseason before missing the next two postseasons altogether.

In spite of this, the undersized power forward/center played both positions as an undersized big man for Miami and was one of the better all-around players in the paint during the early 2000’s. During the 2002-03 season, he ranked fifth in rebounds per game (10.2) and ranked 10th in field goal percentage in that same year.

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