Today, more history for all you die-hard Heat fans who are waiting with baited breath for another ring. Tune in for John Morton, Kasib Powell, Martin Muursepp, Shavlik Randolph, and Jerry Stackhouse.
164. John Morton
John Morton, also sometimes known as "Salt," was a 6'3" small forward from Bronx, NY. Born on May 18th, 1967, he was the Cleveland Cavaliers
first round selection in the 1989 draft, 25th overall out of Seton Hall.
Over two full seasons and part of a third, Morton averaged 15.5 minutes over 107 contests. An average game consisted of five points, three assists, and one board. Cleveland waived him on November 14th, 1991, where the Heat
claimed him just over a week later.
Morton appeared in 21 games for Miami, shooting just over 40% from the field in just north of 10 minutes per game. On March 6th
, he hit eight-of-12 field goals with two rebounds, two steals, and three assists, scoring 16 points against the Chicago Bulls
in 31 minutes of a 123-81 Miami loss.
After a stint with the CBA's Rapid City Thrillers, Morton went on to play professionally in Spain, Italy, and the Philippines. He is currently an assistant coach with the Fordham University Rams.
All-Time Statline: One season, 21 games, 10.3 minutes, 4.4 points, 0.9 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.0 blocks, 10.5 PER, 0.0 win shares.
163. Martin Muursepp
Martin Muursepp was a 6'9" power forward from Tallinn, Estonia. Born on September 26th, 1974, he is thus far the only Estonian player to make an NBA appearance. He was originally selected in the first round of the 1996 draft, 25th overall by the Utah Jazz
. They turned around and sent him straight to the Heat for a 2000 first round pick (DeShawn Stevenson
Muursepp made his debut on December 21st
, in an 86-66 Heat win over the Houston Rockets
. He only played one minute, but scored two points with a rebound and an assist for a PER that was surely in the 40's or higher. In total, he was only on the floor for the Heat for 27 minutes over 10 games, scoring 17 points on 36% shooting.
On Valentine's Day, the Heat sent him with Sasha Danilovic and Kurt Thomas
to the Dallas Mavericks
for Jamal Mashburn. He played just over a quarter per appearance over 73 games for Dallas during the next two seasons. He averaged five points, two rebounds, and an assist per game. He also played professionally in Greece, Israel, Russia, Australia, Estonia, and Belarus, where he currently serves as an assistant coach with the National Team.
All-Time Statline: One season, 10 games, 2.7 minutes, 1.7 points, 0.5 rebounds, 0.3 assists, 0.0 steals, 0.1 blocks, 11.9 PER, 0.0 win shares.
Kasib Powell was a 6'7" small forward from Teaneck, NJ. Born on March 18th, 1981, he was signed and waived by the Minnesota Timberwolves
, Miami, the Chicago Bulls, the Orlando Magic
, and the Memphis Grizzlies
before making his NBA debut. Before joining the Heat in the 2007-08 season, he also spent time in the NBA D-League, Greece, and Russia.
Powell shot 37% from the field and grabbed 44 rebounds over 11 games with the Heat. On April 8th
, he came off the bench to play 37 minutes against the Chicago Bulls, scoring a career high 18 points on eight-for-16 shooting, including two three-pointers. He also collected six rebounds and three assists in the eventual 95-88 Heat win.
The Heat chose not to retain Powell's services beyond the season, and no other team has seen fit to extend him as much as an invitation to summer camp. He has since appeared in professional leagues in China, Sweden, and Germany.
All-Time Statline: One season, 11 games, 27.6 minutes, 7.6 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.2 blocks, 9.0 PER, 0.0 win shares.
Ronald Shavlik Randolph is a 6'10" power forward from Raliegh, NC. Born on November 24th, 1983, the grandson of fellow NBA-alum Ron Shavlik (New York Knicks
, 1956-58) signed with the Philadelphia 76ers
as an undrafted free agent out of Duke University in 2005.
Randolph was used sparingly during his three seasons in Philadelphia, appearing in a total of 79 contests. An average night with the team consisted of nine minutes on the floor with 2.5 points and 2.5 rebounds. He spent part of the 2008-09 season with the Portland Trail Blazers
(10 games, averaged four minutes, two points and two rebounds per appearance).
The 2009-10 season couldn't have been easy for Randolph, as he ping ponged back and forth between the Blazers and the Heat, signing and getting waived twice each by both clubs, and totaling six games of action (three with each team). For the Heat, his best game came on April 14th
, when he played half the game and scored eight points on four-of-eight shooting with six rebounds and a block in a 94-86 victory over the hapless New Jersey Nets.
Randolph spent 2010-11 in Puerto Rico and 2011-12 in a Chinese League. He returned to the NBA last season for 16 games with the Boston Celtics
, and on March 21st
signed with the club through the end of the 2013-14 season.
All-Time Statline: One season, three games, 15.7 minutes, 3.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 0.0 assists, 0.3 steals, 0.3 blocks, 4.9 PER, 0.0 win shares.
Jerry Stackhouse is a 6'6" shooting guard from Kinston, NC. The two-time former all-star and 2000-01 NBA scoring champion was born on November 5th, 1974. Hyped as the "next" Jordan out of the University of North Carolina, he declared for the draft after two seasons of collegiate hoops, and went third overall to the Philadelphia 76ers in the 1995 draft.
Stackhouse played two and a half seasons with the 76ers, earning a spot on the all-rookie team and averaging 19 points, four rebounds, and three and a half assists while with the team. The Sixers traded him to the Pistons
in December 1997, where he played for four and a half seasons and earned his greatest on-court success (it was also during this time that he completed his degree at UNC, in African-American studies). He averaged 22.1 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 4.4 assists over 337 games on the Pistons (41st all-time).
Stackhouse began a two-year stint with the Washington Bullets in 2002-03, then later joined the Dallas Mavericks for five seasons. His time spent in the two cities was less successful than that to which he was used. In 2009-10, he joined the Milwaukee Bucks
for one season.
On October 23rd, 2010, Stackhouse signed a free agent contract to play with Miami. In seven appearances for the Heat, he sunk three-of-12 field goal attempts, grabbed seven rebounds and dished out three assists. His only substantial playing time with the then brand-new "Big Three" came on November 20th
, a 97-95 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. In 20 minutes of his only Heat game as a starter, he scored two points with one rebound and one assist. He did not make another appearance with Miami, getting waived three days later.
Stackhouse played 2011-12 with the Atlanta Hawks
(30 games) before joining the re-christened Brooklyn Nets
last season (37 games). It is unclear whether the Nets will sign him for another season. He has also shown an interest in joining the coaching ranks after his playing career ends, and is considered a front-runner to become the next President of the NBPA (he currently serves as the organization's vice president).
All-Time Statline: One season, seven games, 7.1 minutes, 1.7 points, 1.0 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 0.0 steals, 0.3 blocks, 6.0 PER, 0.0 win shares.