Miami Heat Player Countdown: #189-185

Marc Serota

Today, we run down five more players in the pantheon of Miami's all-time roster. Say hello to Mark Davis, LeRon Ellis, Scott Haffner, Tim James, and Sam Mack.

189. Mark Davis


Mark Davis was a small forward from Thibodaux, LA. The 6'7" right-hander played two years of collegiate ball at Howard University before transferring to Texas Tech for his final two years of eligibility. Born on April 26th, 1973, he was initially selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the second round of the 1995 draft, 48th overall.

Davis played one season for the Wolves, averaging three points, two rebounds and an assist over 10 minutes per contest. Released after the 1995-96 season, he was signed by the Philadelphia 76ers prior to the 1996-97 season. He would average six points and three boards in 18 minutes per game oven his two seasons with the Sixers.

On January 21st, 1999, Davis signed with the Heat for $100,000. He played in a total of four games in Miami, scoring nine points on two-of-six shooting. His best game came on February 9th, when he went one-of-two from the field and hit all four of his free throws. He also added five rebounds in only 12 minutes of action. Unfortunately, he also fouled out. Miami waived him a week later, then resigned and again waived him over the summer.

Davis linked on with the Golden State Warriors for 23 games in 1999-00, averaging six points, four rebounds, and two dimes per game. He later played in the CBA, the ABA, and various foreign leagues in Germany, Italy, and Sweden.

All-Time Statline: One season, four games, 8.8 minutes, 2.3 points, 1.8 rebounds, 0.3 assists, 0.3 steals, 0.0 blocks, -3.1 PER, -0.1 win shares.

188. LeRon Ellis


LeRon Ellis was a 6'9" center from Los Angeles, CA. Born on April 28th, 1969, the product of the prestigious high school basketball program at Mater Dei played his college ball between the Kentucky Wildcats and the Syracuse Orangemen. He was selected by the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round of the 1991 draft, with the 21st overall pick.

In 29 games with the Clippers his rookie season, Ellis split just over 100 minutes, scoring less than a bucket per game on 17-of-50 shooting. The Clippers let him go after the season. He appeared in the CBA, Spain, and Italy over the next season. Prior to the 1993-94 season, the Charlotte Hornets signed him up for a shot. He would appear in 50 games for the Bugs, averaging four points and four rebounds per contest. Although Charlotte still owned his NBA rights, he would spend 1994-95 with FC Barcelona, a team in the Spanish League.

On November 3rd, 1995, the Hornets traded Ellis, along with Alonzo Mourning and Pete Myers, to Miami for Glen Rice, Matt Geiger, Khalid Reeves, and a draft pick. He would score 13 points on five-of-22 shooting over 12 games with the Heat. His best game came on November 28th, when he scored four points with a rebound in four minutes of a 111-89 Heat win over the Dallas Mavericks. Miami waived him the next month.

Ellis went on to appear in the USBL, the CBA, Japan, Argentina, and China before hanging up his sneakers in 2002.

All-Time Statline: One season, 12 games, 6.2 minutes, 1.1 points, 0.7 rebounds, 0.3 assists, 0.2 steals, 0.3 blocks, 1.6 PER, -0.1 win shares.

187. Scott Haffner


Scott Haffner was a 6'3" point guard from Terre Haute, IN. He was born on February 2nd, 1966, and after one season with the University of Illinois, he elected instead to attend college at nearby Evansville University. The Heat made him their second round pick in 1989, selecting him 45th overall.

Haffner spent his season in Miami as the team's third point guard, behind Sherman Douglas and Rory Sparrow. He got into 43 games, hitting 40.6% of his field goal attempts. On March 7th, he had his best game with the team, scoring 14 points on six-of-11 shooting with a rebound and three assists in a 122-105 win against the brand-new Orlando Magic. the Heat elected to waive him after the season.

Hafner failed to make the Atlanta Hawks out of training camp, and eventually signed on with the Charlotte Hornets. He scored 17 points over seven games with the team. He spent the 1991-92 season with the CBA Quad City Thunder, retiring following the season.

All-Time Statline: One season, 43 games, 13.0 minutes, 4.6 points, 1.2 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 0.3 steals, 0.0 blocks, 8.3 PER, -0.1 win shares.

186. Tim James


Tim James is a 6'7" small forward from Miami, FL. Born on December 26th, 1976, he played high school ball at Miami Northwestern before joining the University of Miami Hurricanes for four full seasons. Appropriately, the Heat picked him in the first round of the 1999 draft, with the 25th overall pick. He signed for $728,520.

James appeared in a total of four games for the Heat in his rookie season. His best effort came in Miami's penultimate game of the season, a 97-73 triumph over the Toronto Raptors, when he scored four points on two-of-five shooting with two boards, two blocks, and an assist. After the season, the Heat packaged him with PJ Brown, Rodney Buford, Jamal Mashburn and Otis Thorpe to the Charlotte Hornets for Ricky Davis, Dale Ellis, Eddie Jones, and Anthony Mason.

James played in 30 games for the Hornets, later appearing with the Philadelphia 76ers for nine games in 2001-02. After playing part of 2003 in Turkey, James enlisted in the US Army for four years to serve in Iraq. He chose not to tell any of his fellow Soldiers about his time in the NBA. After his hitch, he played pro ball in Venezuela, Japan, and Israel. Since 2011, he has been the head coach for the Vance-Granville Community College men's basketball team.

All-Time Statline: One season, four games, 5.8 minutes, 2.8 points, 1.0 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 0.0 steals, 0.8 blocks, 12.6 PER, -0.1 win shares.

185. Sam Mack


Sam Mack was a 6'7" small forward from Chicago, IL. Born on May 26th, 1970, he played one season of college hoops for three schools: Iowa State, Tyler JC, and the University of Houston Cougars. Undrafted out of college, he signed his first contract to play for the 1992-93 version of the San Antonio Spurs.

Mack played in 40 games off the bench for San Antonio. After the season, he was waived. Instead of sitting on the couch, he elected instead to work on his game, spending the next two seasons in the Continental Basketball Association with five different teams.

The Houston Rockets decided to take a chance on Mack in 1995-96. He played 83 games over two seasons with the club, averaging seven points, two rebounds, and two assists per contest. He then appeared in 76 games over parts of two seasons with the then-Vancouver Grizzlies, averaging 11 points, three boards, and two dimes per night. He rejoined the Rockets for 25 games to close out the 1998-99 season. He then appeared 23 times with the 1999-00 Golden State Warriors.

After splitting the 2000-01 season between the CBA and Venezuala, Mack signed a free agent contract with Miami for $174,598. He appeared in 12 Heat games, shooting at a 28.6% clip. His best effort came in a losing cause, when he scored seven points on two-of-five shooting (including one-for-three from distance) along with four rebounds, two steals and an assist in a 97-93 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.

Mack has since played in Russian, Spanish, and Canadian Leagues, also reappearing stateside in the CBA. He currently suits up with the Chicago Steam of the American Basketball Association at the age of 43.

All-Time Statline: One season, 12 games, 13.3 minutes, 3.3 points, 1.2 rebounds, 0.3 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.1 blocks, 3.1 PER, -0.1 win shares.

That's it for today. Tune in next time for five more guys on the highway to the top (can you guess the top 20?)
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