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2005/06 Miami Heat: Where are the champions of the past?

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1. Dorell Wright

Having started his career in Miami, Wright left in 2010 before bouncing around the league. He returned to Florida briefly in 2016.

He is currently with the Clippers after also playing for the Warriors, Sixers, Blazers and China's Beikong Fly Dragons.

3. Dwyane Wade

Mr Miami is no longer that. After 13 years with the organisation, that brought three titles, a finals MVP award, 12 All-Star games and two All-NBA first team selections, Dwyane Wade has left the building. 

He is now focusing on a new challenge; taking the Chicago Bulls - his hometown franchise - back to the playoffs alongside Jimmy Butler and Rajon Rondo.

5. Derek Anderson

He joined the Charlotte Bobcats after his short stint in the Sunshine State, playing two years in North Carolina before retiring. 

Anderson now uses his profile to help people from all walks of life; the Derek Anderson Foundation is aimed to help battered women and children while he also has a Stamina Academy to teach youngsters life skills. 

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8. Antoine Walker

Walker's NBA career came to an end in 2008 after he left the Memphis Grizzlies. A spell with the Timberwolves split his time in Tennessee and Miami. He represented Puerto Rican team Mets de Guaynabo in 2010 and D-League team Idaho Stampede from 2010-12.

He filed for chapter seven bankruptcy in 2010 despite earning more than $108 million in his NBA career, He now works an analyst for 120 sports.

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20. Gary Payton

The Glove was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2013 after retiring in 2007 following an incredible 17 years in the NBA. 

Since leaving the league, Payton has worked an analyst for Fox Sports since 2013 and has done a lot of charity and community work. He is a strong advocate of bringing an NBA team back to Seattle. 

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24. Jason Kapono

The Heat had one more season from Kapono before he moved onto the Toronto Raptors. Spells with the Sixers and Lakers followed before moving to Europe in 2012 to play for Panathinaikos.

News of his whereabouts has been scarce since then. He briefly joined the Warriors in 2014 before being cut and it was reported in July that he was selling his $2.6 million California mansion.

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25. Wayne Simien

His NBA career only lasted for two years, leaving the Miami Heat in 2007. He played for Cáceres Ciudad del Baloncesto in Spain for a year.

Simien has kept a low profile ever since but is often on hand to help his Kansas Jayhawks alumni whenever they request his assistance. 

30. Earl Barron

He remained with the Heat for two more years, amassing just 82 appearances during his three seasons with the organisation. 

Barron has been in and out of the NBA since; signing with the Knicks twice, the Suns twice, the Warriors, Bucks, Blazers and Wizards. Having also played for a number of D-League teams, the 35-year-old is still going with Japanese team Toyama Grouses.

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32. Shaquille O'Neal

Everybody knows about Shaq. The big man's last real moments in the NBA came in Miami, although he went on to play for Phoenix, Cleveland and Boston.

He was a first-ballot Hall of Fame enshrinee in 2016 and is a brilliant television personality, featuring predominantly on TNT's 'Inside the NBA'.

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33. Alonzo Mourning

Lonzo retired from the NBA in 2008 and was enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2014. 

Mourning most recently set up an affordable housing apartment complex in Miami aimed at giving struggling families new hope. 

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40. Udonis Haslem

Following Dwyane Wade's departure, Haslem remains the only player from the title-winning group to still play for the Miami Heat. 

He is heading into his 14th season with the organisation and has amassed a total of 814 regular season and 147 playoff appearances in that time. 

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42. James Posey

The small forward left Miami in 2007, moving to the Boston Celtics where he won a second championship with their big three. Spells with the New Orleans Hornets and Indiana Pacers saw his career come to an end in 2011.

He is now an assistant coach with the Cleveland Cavaliers, winning a ring in 2016.

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49. Shandon Anderson

The swingman retired as a champion. After two years in Miami, he departed the NBA in 2006 at the age of 32.

It was reported in 2014 that Anderson was running a vegan-focused restaurant. He has been a vegetarian for 22 years.

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51. Michael Doleac

A short spell with the Minnesota Timberwolves from 2007-08 followed his time in Miami. 

After retiring with the T-Wolves, he went to the University of Utah to pursue his goal of becoming a doctor. Doleac was recently named coach of Park City High School's Varsity Team and teaches Physics at the Utah institute.

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55. Jason Williams

White Chocolate departed the NBA in 2011 as a cult hero. One of the best ball handlers the game has ever seen, he played for the Heat until 2008 before spells with the Magic and Grizzlies. 

Williams has been heavily involved with charitable work since he called it a day.

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Eastern Conference
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Dwyane Wade

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