Miami Heat Player Countdown: 19. Joel Anthony

Chris Trotman

HHH presents Chapter 50 of it's offseason long feature on every Heat player to ever have suited up for the franchise. Today, we honor current defensive specialist Joel Anthony.

Joel Anthony, a left handed shooter from Montreal, Canada, is an undersized 6'9", 245 lb. center for the current iteration of the Miami Heat. Born on August 9th, 1982, he played two seasons with Pensacola Junior college before signing on with the Runnin' Rebels at UNLV. He scored five points with four rebounds per game as a senior in 2006-07. On February 7th that season, he recorded 13 blocks and 11 rebounds in a game against the Horned Frogs of TCU. After going undrafted, the Heat signed him for the league minimum of $427,163.

As a rookie, Anthony appeared in 24 games, playing 20.8 minutes per game, and scoring 3.5 points on 46.7% shooting. He also collected 3.9 rebounds and rejected 1.3 shots per game. The Heat went 15-67 overall, winning in five of Anthony's 24 appearances. In a 112-106 win against the Milwaukee Bucks, He scored nine points on three-for-three shooting with 10 rebounds and two blocks in 20 minutes. On March 31st, in a 105-85 loss to the Indiana Pacers, he made a season high six blocks, scoring five points with nine rebounds. He had a season high 12 rebounds, scoring five points with four blocks on April 2nd as the Heat dropped one to the New Orleans Hornets, 106-77.

In 2008-09, Anthony started 28 times out of 65 appearances overall. He shot 48.3% from the field, scoring 2.2 points in 16.1 minutes per game. He also made three rebounds and blocked 1.4 shots per game. Miami went 36-29 with Anthony in the rotation. His best game of the season was on December 14th in a 102-86 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, when he set season highs with 12 points (on five-of-five shooting), 13 rebounds, and five blocks. The Heat posted a 43-39 record, earning the Eastern Conference's fifth seed. The Heat lost in the opening round to the Atlanta Hawks in seven games. Anthony scored 10 points with 19 rebounds and seven blocks over six games, playing 88 minutes.

2009-10 would see Anthony appear in a career high 80 games, starting 16 times at center. He averaged 2.7 points per game on 47.8% shooting in 16.1 minutes with 3.1 rebounds and 1.4 blocks. In a 108-95 Heat win against the Chicago Bulls on March 12th, he scored six points with a season high 10 rebounds and three blocks in 26 minutes. He only reached double digits in points once, scoring 13 points on six-of-six shooting in 37 minutes on March 28th, as the Heat defeated the Toronto Raptors, 97-94. The Heat went 47-35 for the fifth seed in the East, only to lose to the Bulls, four-games-to-one in the opening round. Anthony appeared in every game, totaling 13 points, nine rebounds, and five blocks.

Anthony scored two points with 3.5 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game in 2010-11. He shot 53.5% in 19.5 minutes per game, appearing 75 times total, 64 of them off the bench. With Anthony in the rotation, the Heat went 55-20. He never put up double digits throughout the season. On December 15th, in a 101-95 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers, he scored five points with five rebounds and five blocks in 22 minutes. On January 18th, he didn't make a single field goal attempt in 43 minutes, but collected 16 rebounds with three blocks in an overtime loss to the Hawks, 93-89. In 27 minutes on January 30th, he scored two points with six rebounds and five blocks as the Heat set down the Oklahoma City Thunder, 108-103. The Heat went 58-24 and advanced to the NBA Finals, eventually losing to the Dallas Mavericks in six games. Anthony appeared in every game, scoring 2.8 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 27.4 minutes per contest. He managed a double double in game three of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Boston Celtics in a 97-81 Heat loss, when he scored 12 points on six-for-seven shooting with 11 boards.

In 2011-12, Anthony started a career high 51 times at center, with 13 additional appearances off the bench. He shot a career best 55.9%, averaging 3.4 points with 3.9 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 21.1 minutes per game. He helped the Heat to a 45-19 record while in the rotation. On January 21st, in a 113-92 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers, he scored nine points with nine rebounds and three blocks. He scored 11 points with six rebounds on April 22nd in a win over the Houston Rockets, 97-88. The Heat went 46-20 on their way to the NBA title, the franchise's second. Anthony played in 17 of the 23 postseason matchups, scoring 3.2 points with 3.2 rebounds per appearance.

2012-13 would see Anthony start in three of his 62 overall appearances, playing 9.1 minutes per game. He shot 51.5% overall, scoring 1.4 points with 1.9 rebounds per contest. He had his best game on April 15th, a 96-95 win over the Cavs when he scored 11 points with nine rebounds. The Heat went 66-16 and won their second straight NBA Championship. Anthony totaled 71 minutes over 14 games, scoring six points with 21 rebounds.

Anthony will be entering the fourth year of a five year, $18,250,000 contract.

All-Time HEATline: Six sesaons, 370 games, 16.9 minutes, 2.4 points, 3.2 rebounds, 0.2 assists, 0.3 steals, 1.3 blocks, 9.2 PER, 15.7 win shares.

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