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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

* Terrel Harris: Signed in December 2011, 21/2 years after finishing his Oklahoma State college career.

* Udonis Haslem: Signed in August 2003 after a college career at Florida.


* Dexter Pittman: 2010 second round (32nd pick overall).

* Dwyane Wade: 2003 first round (fifth pick overall).



* Cole Aldrich: 2011 first round (11th overall), via trade from New Orleans with Morris Peterson for draft picks Craig Brackins and Quincy Pondexter.

* Nick Collison: 2004 first round (12th overall).

* Kevin Durant: 2007 first round (second overall).

* James Harden: 2009 first round (third overall).

* Serge Ibaka: 2008 first round (24th overall).

* Reggie Jackson: 2011 first round (24th overall).

* Russell Westbrook: 2008 first round (fourth overall).


* Daequan Cook: Obtained in June 2010 with the 18th pick in the 2010 draft for the 32nd pick in the 2010 draft.

* Lazar Hayward: Obtained in December 2011 from Minnesota for Robert Vaden and two conditional second-round draft picks.

* Eric Maynor: Obtained in December 2009 with Matt Harpring for Peter Fehse.

* Nazr Mohammed: Obtained in February 2011 from Charlotte for Morris Peterson and D.J. White.

* Kendrick Perkins: Obtained in February 2011 from Boston with Nate Robinson for Jeff Green, Nenad Krstic and the Clippers' 2012 first-round draft pick.

* Thabo Sefolosha: Obtained in February 2008 with cash for a 2009 first-round draft pick.

Free agent

* Derek Fisher: Signed in March 2012 after 151/2 NBA seasons with the Lakers, Golden State and Utah.

* Royal Ivey: Signed in July 2010 after six NBA seasons with Atlanta, Milwaukee and Philadelphia.

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 Oklahoman,...
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