Miami Heat Player Countdown: #159-155

Robert Mayer-US PRESSWIRE

Think you know everything about the Heat? Think again. More nutritious brain food today, with a reintroduction to Milt Wagner, Matt Walsh, Jamie Watson, Qyntel Woods, and Todd Day.

159. Milt Wagner


Milt Wagner was a 6'5" shooting guard from Camden, NJ. Born on February 20th, 1963, he played five seasons of collegiate ball with the University of Louisville. The Dallas Mavericks chose him in the second round of the 1986 draft, with the 35th overall pick. He was waived before the start of the season, and eventually signed on with the Los Angeles Lakers prior to the 1987-88 season.

Wagner spent 40 games with the Lakers that season, playing around 10 minutes per contest and averaging four points, a rebound, and 1.5 assists. He played with the CBA's Rapid City Thrillers for the 1988-89 season.

Miami rolled the dice on Wagner in 1990-91, signing him to a free agent contract before training camp. In 13 games for the Heat, he shot 24-for-57 from the field (.421), also draining six three pointers and dishing out 15 assists during his time there. In terms of impact, his best game came on November 6th in a 106-94 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, where he scored 15 points on seven-of-14 shooting with three rebounds, three blocks and an assist in 23 minutes of action. The team waived him on December 5th.

Wagner rejoined the CBA after his NBA time, playing first with the Quad City Thunder. He later played professionally in France, Israel and Germany.

All-Time Statline: One season, 13 games, 8.9 minutes, 4.8 points, 0.5 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.2 steals, 0.2 blocks, 11.2 PER, 0.0 win shares.

158. Matt Walsh


Matt Walsh was a 6'6" shooting guard from Holland, PA. Born on December 2nd, 1982, he started for three seasons with the Florida Gators in college, ending with the 2004-05 season. Undrafted, the Heat signed him for $38,904.

Walsh appeared in two games, covering three minutes in November. His only NBA points happened in a 97-78 season opening victory over the Memphis Grizzlies, as he drained his only field goal attempt in just over a minute of time on the floor, November 2nd. He got into the game again on November 12th, missing two free throws and turning the ball over in two minutes of a 108-99 win against the Charlotte Bobcats. Miami waived him six days later.

Walsh has since played professionally all over the place, making apperances with the Arkansas RimRockers, Olympia Larissa, Bàsquet Manresa, Spirou Charleroi, Union Olimpija, Aris Thessaloniki, ASVEL Villeurbanne, UCAM Murcia, Caja Laboral, Azovmash, and Spirou Charleroi. He is currently employed with the Brose Baskets in Basketball Bundesliga, in Italy.

All-Time Statline: One season, two games, 1.5 minutes, 1.0 points, 0.0 rebounds, 0.0 assists, 0.0 steals, 0.0 blocks, -2.4 PER, 0.0 win shares.

157. Jamie Watson


Jamie Watson, born February 23rd, 1972, was a 6'7" small forward from Elm City, NC. He played four season with the Gamecocks at the University of South Carolina, starting three of them and averaging 18.1 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.4 assists during his senior season. He was drafted by the Utah Jazz in the second round of the 1994 draft, 47th overall.

In 89 games over parts of three seasons with Utah, Watson appeared in just under a quarter per game, averaging 3.1 points, 1.3 rebounds, and an assist per game. The Jazz waived him on March 5th, 1997. The Dallas Mavericks would pick him up a week later, where he appeared in 10 games, playing 21.1 minutes per appearance and scored four and a half points, 2.9 rebounds, and 2.3 assists per game. He did not appear in the NBA during the 1998-99 season, instead playing with Fontanafreda Siena in Italy.

Miami signed Watson to a free agent contract on January 21st, 1999. Over four weeks on Miami's active roster, he made three appearances on the floor. His only positive impact was on the day after Valentine's Day, when he scored two points on one-of-two shooting with an assist and a rebound in 14 minutes of a 95-72 Heat win over the New Jersey Nets.

Beginning with the 2000-01 season, Watson played one season each in Lebanon, Portugal, Cyprus, Columbia, Chile, and Jordan.

All-Time Statline: One season, three games, 6.0 minutes, 0.7 points, 0.3 rebounds, 0.3 assists, 0.0 steals, 0.0 blocks, 1.9 PER, 0.0 win shares.

156. Qyntel Woods


Qyntel Woods, born February 16th, 1981, was a 6'8" small forward from Memphis, TN. After one season with Northeast Mississippi Community College, the Portland Trail Blazers made him their first round pick in the 2002 draft, 21st overall.

In two seasons with Portland, Woods appeared in 115 games, averaging a disappointing 8.8 minutes per game and scoring 3.1 points with 1.6 rebounds and half an assist. He also made news (waaaay before the Michael Vick incident, BTW) for hosting a dog fighting ring in his house, often involving his own pets. His dogs were confiscated and Woods was sentenced to 80 hours of community service. The Blazers waived him on January 21st, 2005, and the Heat signed him five days later.

Woods played in three games for Miami. His best night (and Miami's lone win with him in the lineup) was on April 2nd, in a 111-99 win over the New Orleans Hornets, where he shot four-of-nine from the field with two rebounds and four steals in 22 minutes on the floor. During the 2005 offseason, he was part of a massive five-team trade (Miami traded away Woods, Albert Miralles, Eddie Jones, Rasual Butler, and two second round choices, while gaining Antoine Walker, Andre Emmett, James Posey, Jason Williams, and Roberto Duenes).

Woods played in 49 games with the New York Knicks after the dust settled. Later, he played with the Bakersfield Jam, Olympiacos, Fortitudo Bologna, Asseco Prokom Gdynia, Krasnye Krylya, Asseco Prokom Gdynia, Maccabi Haifa, Dnipro, and Lagun Aro GBC. He currently plays with Le Mans Sarthe Basket in the French League and in Eurocup.

All-Time Statline: One season, three games, 13.3 minutes, 3.3 points, 2.0 rebounds, 0.0 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.0 blocks, 7.7 PER, 0.0 win shares.

155. Todd Day

Todd Day was a 6'6" shooting guard from Decatur, IL. Born on January 7th, 1970, he was a four year starter with the Arkansas Razorbacks, earning All-American honors on three occasions. The Milwaukee Bucks selected him with the eighth pick of the 1992 draft.

Day played in parts of four seasons in Milwaukee, appearing 237 times and playing 29.3 minutes per game with 14.1 points, four rebounds, and 1.7 assists. On November 26th, 1995, he was traded with Alton Lister to the Boston Celtics for Sherman Douglas (small world). During his nearly two seasons in Boston, he scored 13.3 points with three and a half rebounds and 1.4 assists in just over a half per game.


Miami signed Day prior to 1997 training camp for $272,250. On November 11th, he went five-for-13 from the floor, scoring 13 and pitching in with two rebounds, three assists, and three steals in 21 minutes of a 101-82 Heat win over the Sacramento Kings. He totaled 30 points over five Heat games before the team waived him in mid-November.

Day later played with the Phoenix Suns (58 games) and the Minnesota Timberwolves (31 games). He also played professionally in Italy, Cyprus, Argentina, and in several lesser pro leagues in the US. Currently, he teaches and coaches the boys team at the Memphis Academy of Health Sciences.

All-Time Statline: One season, five games, 13.8 minutes, 6.0 points, 1.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.4 steals, 0.0 blocks, 14.8 PER, 0.1 win shares.
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