Udonis Haslem played in the NBA for the Miami Heat for 20 years as a forward. He has a height of 6 feet 8 inches and weight of 230 lbs. He has always worn jersey no. 40 in the NBA (National Basketball Association).
Haslem finished his schooling at Miami Senior High School in Miami, Florida. After he passed from school, he went to University of Florida. He went undrafted in 2002, although he attended an Atlanta Hawks training camp, before joining French club Chalon-Sur-Soane.
In August 2023, Haslem joined his hometown team the Miami Heat as a rookie. In his debut season, he was named in the NBA’s All-Rookie Second Team. He quickly rose to be a key member of the Heat side, playing 80 games in the 2004-05 season and 81 in the 2005-06 campaign as Miami won the NBA Championship.
He was never a high scorer, with a career-best season in 2007-08 for points per game, with 12.0. He helped the Heat win further NBA titles in 2012 and 2013, playing mostly off the bench in 2011-12 taking a back seat to LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade. His strong suit was rebounding, with a career-best 9.1 per game in 2004-05.
Haslem remained a long-serving Heat player, claiming numerous franchise records including most rebounds (5,780), most defensive rebounds (4,169) and most offensive rebounds (1,611). He also became a key team member, helping the side’s culture.
He announced his intention to retire at the end of the 2022-23 season and played a minor bench role as the Heat made the 2023 Finals, losing to the Golden State Warriors. During that series, he became the oldest person to ever play in the NBA Finals at 42 years and 58 days.
In July 2023, Haslem officially retired from basketball.
Haslem is a three-time NBA champion with the Heat in 2006, 2012 and 2013.