NBA Finals: How the Thunder and Heat were built

NBA FINALS — The Oklahoma City Thunder and the Miami Heat built their teams in very different ways. The Thunder build through the draft, while the Heat built through free agency and trades.
by Berry Tramel Published: June 11, 2012

The Oklahoma City Thunder and the Miami Heat have arrived at the same place — the NBA Finals — but they got there in very different ways. Here's a look at how the teams were built:


Free Agents

* Shane Battier: Signed in December 2011 after a 10-year NBA career with Memphis and Houston.

* Chris Bosh: Signed in July 2010 after a seven-year NBA career with Toronto.

* Eddy Curry: Signed in December 2010 after a 10-year NBA career with Chicago, New York and Minnesota.

* Juwan Howard: Signed in July 2010 after 16 NBA seasons with nine other franchises.

* LeBron James: Signed in July 2010 after a seven-year NBA career with Cleveland.

* James Jones: Signed in July 2008 after five NBA seasons with Indiana, Phoenix and Portland.

* Mike Miller: Signed in July 2010 after 10 NBA seasons with Orlando, Memphis, Minnesota and Washington.

* Rony Turiaf: Signed in March 2012, after 51/2 NBA seasons with the Lakers, Golden State, New York and Washington.


* Mario Chalmers: Obtained June 2008 from Minnesota for cash and two second-round draft picks.

* Norris Cole: Obtained June 2011 from Minnesota with cash and a second-round draft pick for Bojan Bogdanovic.

Undrafted Free Agents

* Joel Anthony: Signed in July 2007 after college career at Nevada-Las Vegas.

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by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The...
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