Today, we continue to review individual player contributions through the Miami Heat's 25-year history. We'll get a look at Craig Neal, Smush Parker, Jamal Robinson, Charles Smith, and Eddy Curry.
We'll be listing every single Miami Heat player in the 25-year history of the franchise throughout this offseason so buckle up for Part Two of our 66-part trip to the top.
194. Craig Neal
Craig Neal was a 6'5" point guard from Muncie, IN. Born on February 16th, 1964, the Georgia Tech graduate played five years of college ball with the Yellowjackets. He was initially selected in the third round of the 1988 draft by the Portland Trailblazers, with the 71st overall pick.
Neal scored a total of 25 points over 21 appearances with the Blazers, getting waived by the team on January 11th.
signed him to two 10-day contracts before inking a deal for the remainder of the season. His best moment as a member of the struggling franchise was on February 24th
, as he came off the bench for 14 minutes to score seven points with seven assists to guide the 7-44 Heat to their eighth win of the season, a 99-79 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers
. He played in 32 games for Miami, shooting 38.6% rom the field, hitting 32% of his three-point attempts, and dishing out 86 assists. The Heat released him after the season.
After failing to earn a spot with the Chicago Bulls
out of the 1990-91 training camp, Neal eventually joined the Denver Nuggets
for 10 games late in the season, scoring 44 points with 37 assists in what would be his
last NBA appearance. He went into the coaching ranks, and was recently named as the University of New Mexico Lobos new head coach.
All-Time Statline: One season, 32 games, 2.8 points, 0.6 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.1 blocks, -0.2 win shares.
Smush Parker is a 6'4" point guard, and a native of New York City. Born on June 1st, 1981, the Fordham University alum left college after one season to sign a free agent contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers
. He would average six points and three dimes over 66 games with the Cavs. He later spent 11 games with the Detroit Pistons
and five with the Phoenix Suns
before linking up with the 2005-06 Los Angeles Lakers
Parker played every game of two seasons with the Lakers, averaging 11 points, three rebounds, and three assists while on the team. After the 2006-07 season, the Heat would sign him to a two-year, $3,910,000 free agent contract. He played nine games that season for Miami, making 15 assists while shooting at 31.5%. The best effort of his brief Miami career came on November 16th
, when he scored eight points with two rebounds and one assist in 92-91 loss to the Boston Celtics
. The Heat waived him on March 10th
after an investigation that looked into a Parker altercation with a Heat parking attendant.
Parker was quickly signed by the Los Angeles Clippers, where he played out the remainder of the season averaging six points and four assists in 21 minutes per game over 19 contests. It would be his last NBA appearance to date. He has since played in Chinese, Russian, Greek and Iranian leagues, and is currently signed with Peristeri of the Grecian A2 League.
All-Time Statline: One season, nine games, 20.3 minutes, 4.8 points, 2.1 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.3 blocks, -0.2 win shares.
192. Jamal Robinson
Jamal Robinson is a 6'7" small forward from Jamaica, NY. Born on December 27th, 1973, the University of Virginia graduate played four seasons with the Cavaliers. Undrafted after graduating in 1997, he signed a free agent contract with the Heat prior to the 2000-01 season for $40,000.
Robinson appeared in six games during his time with Miami, shooting three-for-22 from the field. He totaled six points, scoring a bucket in three separate games. On November 15th
, he scored two with three boards and a steal in a 93-91 loss to the New Jersey Nets
. He was waived by Miami on November 26th.
Robinson later played one season of NBA D-League ball with the Roanoke Dazzle Stats, averaging 12 points per game in 2002-03.
All-Time Statline: One season, six games, 12.0 minutes, 1.0 points, 1.8 rebounds, 0.3 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.0 blocks, -0.2 win shares.
Charles Smith is a 6'4" shooting guard from Fort Worth, TX born on August 22nd, 1975. The University of New Mexico graduate was Miami's first round pick of the 1997 draft, 26th overall.
Smith didn't appear until Miami's seventh game of the season, when he went 0-for-two from the field with one turnover in one minute of garbage time late in a 101-82 Heat win over the Sacramento Kings
. Unfortunately, his performance that night would be a good indicator of his time with the Heat. He would play a total of 32 minutes over 11 games, scoring a total of 10 points on four-of-22 shooting. On February 19th
, Miami had seen enough, packing him with Isaac Austin and a first round pick in a trade to the Los Angeles Clippers for Brent Barry
Smith averaged 4.2 points per contest over 46 games with the Clippers, encompassing parts of two seasons. After not appearing in the NBA for two seasons, he resurfaced in 2001-02 with the San Antonio Spurs
. He averaged 7.4 points and 2.2 rebounds in 60 games. Later, he would play a limited role with the Portland Trailblazers (24 games) and with the Denver Nuggets (one game). He has since appeared in Italian, Turkish, and Spanish professional basketball leagues.
All-Time Statline: One season, 11 games, 2.9 minutes, 0.9 points, 0.7 rebounds, 0.2 assists, 0.2 steals, 0.1 blocks, -0.2 win shares.
Eddy Curry is a 7', 295 lb center from Harvey, IL, the product of Thornwood High School was drafted by the Chicago Bulls in the first round of the 2001 draft without the benefit of having played college ball, fourth overall.
Curry averaged 12 points and five rebounds during his four seasons with Chicago, twice ranking with the league leaders in field goal percentage. Just before the 2005-06 season, the Bulls sent him with a first round pick and Antonio Davis to the New York Knicks for Jermaine Jackson, Mike Sweetney, Tim Thomas and four draft picks (LaMarcus Aldridge, Joakim Noah, Kyrylo Fesenko, and Jon Brockman). He averaged 15 points and six rebounds over five seasons with New York, again frequently ranking highly on the FG% leader board. On February 22nd, 2011, he was involved in a blockbuster trade involving three teams, 17 players (including Carmelo Anthony and Danilo Gallinari) and cash. He wound up on the Minnesota Timberwolves for a week before getting waived.
The Heat signed Curry on December 10th, 2011 to a one year deal worth $1,229,255. He would come off the bench for Miami in 13 contests, also making one start, on the last day of the season. He scored 10 points on three-of-seven shooting with four rebounds in a 104-70 loss to the Washington Wizards.
In October, 2012, Curry was signed then waived by the San Antonio Spurs, then signed by the Dallas Mavericks. He scored a total of nine points over two games before again being cut. He is currently a member of the Zhejiang Golden Bulls in the Chinese Basketball League.
All-Time Statline: One season, 14 games, 5.9 minutes, 2.1 points, 0.9 rebounds, 0.1 assists, 0.0 steals, 0.1 blocks, -0.1 win shares.
Tune in on Tuesday for Chapter Three of our story, as we continue to move up Miami's all-time list of players.