Wednesday, June 24, 2009

This Day in Miami Heat History: June 24, 1988

With the 9th pick in the 1988 NBA Draft and their first pick in franchise history, the Miami Heat selected Center Rony Seikaly from Syracuse. A player that brought passion, toughness and energy to a brand new Miami team.

Seikaly averaged 10.9 points and 7.0 rebounds in his rookie season with the Heat. After that, he won the NBA's Most Improved Player Award his Sophomore year after averaging 16.6 points and 10.4 rebounds.

Rony led the Heat to their first playoff appearance in the 1991-1992 season, averaging a playoff career high of 20.7 points and 10 rebounds. He would continue to play for the Heat through the 94-95 season before being traded to Golden State.

You can occasionally spot Seikaly on the Heat sidelines still supporting his original team. His memory is still imprinted on Miami's rich, yet short NBA history.

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