It's time again for your Heat history lesson. Click on through to read about Gerald Fitch, Tyrone Hill, Antonio Lang, Jeff Malone, and Sean Marks.
Gerald Fitch, born August 12th, 1982, was a 6'3" point guard from Columbus, GA. He played four seasons of college ball for the University of Kentucky Wildcats, averaging 11 points, four rebounds, and two assists in 26 minutes per game. He was not drafted, and left the Wildcats after graduating with the Class of 2004. In October, the Washington Wizards
signed him to a free agent contract, but he did not make it out of training camp, getting waived the day before the season started. He ended up playing abroad that year, seeing time with Cibona Zagreb and with Khimik Yuzhny.
Prior to the 2005-06 season, the Heat signed Fitch to a free agent contract for $359,858. He played just over a quarter per appearance, getting into 18 games total, including one start. He shot 33.7% from the field with occasional three points attempts, also making 33 assists and grabbing 30 boards. On December 20th, he scored a career high 15 points on four-of-seven shooting, pitching in with five rebounds, two assists and a steal in a 111-92 Heat win over the Atlanta Hawks. On January 6th, he passed out a career high six assists in just over a half of action, scoring five points and grabbing four rebounds in a loss, 111-93 to the Phoenix Suns. On February 23rd, Miami traded him to the Houston Rockets for Derek Anderson and a trade exception.
Fitch has yet to reappear on an NBA roster since then. He has spent his playing career mostly in Europe, namely in Turkey, Italy, and Spain. He currently suits up for Strasbourg IG, a French team founded in 1928.
All-Time Statline: One season, 18 games, 13.3 minutes, 4.7 points, 1.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.3 blocks, 10.2 PER, 0.1 win shares.
Tyrone Hill was a 6'9" power forward from Cincinnati, OH. Born on March 19th, 1968, he played four seasons collegiately with the Xavier Commodores, averaging 16 points and 11 rebounds per contest. The Golden State Warriors
selected him with their first pick in the 1990 draft, 11th overall.
Hill played three seasons with Golden State, leading the NBA with 315 personal fouls in 1991-92. Considered as little more than bench depth through most of his time with the Warriors, Golden State dealt him to the Cleveland Cavaliers
for a 1994 first round pick during the 1993 offseason.
Hill enjoyed his greatest NBA success with the Cavs, earning a spot on the all-star team in 1995, when he averaged 13 points and 11 rebounds per game. He would spend four seasons with Cleveland, later appearing with the Milwaukee Bucks
(74 games), the Philadelphia 76ers
(165 games), for a second stint with the Cavs (58 games), and again with the Sixers (24 games).
On November 7th, 2003, Hill signed a free agent contract to play for the Heat for $221,829. He appeared in five games, going three-for-five from the field, grabbing eight rebounds, and committing 10 personal fouls in 38 minutes on the floor. He scored nearly all his points on November 21st, in a 101-91 loss to Golden State, where he made all three of his field goal tries in 11 minutes of game action (he also committed three fouls). It was the last time that Hill played professionally. Off the court, he owns All Net Records, an independent label in Cincinnati.
All-Time Statline: One season, five games, 7.6 minutes, 1.8 points, 1.6 rebounds, 0.0 assists, 0.0 steals, 0.2 blocks, 8.2 PER, 0.1 win shares.
152. Antonio Lang
Antonio Lang was a 6'8" small forward from Mobile, AL. Born on May 15th, 1972, he played four seasons with the Duke University Blue Devils, graduating in 1994. He averaged 30 minutes, 12.5 points, 5.4 rebounds and an assist per game during his senior season. The Phoenix Suns made him their second round pick that year, 29th overall.
Due to a knee injury, the Suns limited Lang's playing time his rookie season, appearing in 12 games and 53 minutes overall. Just before the 1995-96 season, Phoenix traded him along with Dan Majerle
and a first round pick (Brevin Knight
) for Hot Rod Williams to the Cleveland Cavaliers. He played 105 games over two seasons in Cleveland, averaging 2.7 points and 1.6 assists in 12.2 minutes per appearance.
Just before the 1997-98 season, Lang signed a free agent contract with the Golden State Warriors, but failed to make the opening day squad. On March 13th, the Heat signed him to a 10-day contract (which they later extended through the end of the season). He played six games with the Heat, scoring 12 points on three-of-five shooting with five rebounds. On March 31st, he played 11 minutes of a 121-95 win over the Boston Celtics
, scoring six points on two-of-three shooting with a rebound and a steal. Miami released him in July.
Lang later suited up for the Cavaliers (10 games), the Toronto Raptors
(seven games) and the Philadelphia 76ers (three games). He went on to play in the CBA, in Japan, and in the Phillipines. He is currently the head coach for the Mitsubishi Diamond Dolphins in Japan.
All-Time Statline: One season, six games, 4.8 minutes, 2.0 points, 0.8 rebounds, 0.2 assists, 0.3 steals, 0.0 blocks, 14.9 PER, 0.1 win shares.
151. Jeff Malone
Jeff Malone, born June 28th, 1961, was a 6'4" shooting guard from Mobile, AL. He played four seasons in college with the Mississippi State Bulldogs, averaging 20 points and four boards in a rest-deprived 35 minutes per contest. The Washington Bullets spent their 1983 first round pick on him, 10th overall.
Malone made the all-rookie team with the Bullets, playing just over a half per game and averaging 12 points with two rebounds and two assists per appearance. He ultimately spent seven seasons in our nation's capital, earning two all-star selections and playing in 548 games (eighth all-time). He averaged 20 points, three rebounds and three assists in 32 minutes per game. He also ranks second all-time on the franchise scoring leaderboard, behind only Wes Unseld with 11,083. During the 1990 offseason, Malone found himself traded to the Utah Jazz
as part of a three team trade also involving the Sacramento Kings
Malone played for parts of four seasons in Utah (279 games), later also appearing with the Philadelphia 76ers in parts of three (71 games). Miami picked him off waivers from Philadelphia on February 12, 1996, eventually signing him through the rest of the season.
With Miami, Malone averaged 15 minutes off the bench over seven appearances, shooting 39.4% from the floor. On February 15th, he played in 26 minutes of a 97-91 Heat win over the Denver Nuggets
. Malone shot four-of-seven from the floor for 10 points, also helping the cause with two rebounds, two assists, and a steal. Miami released him after the season.
Malone played the following season in Greece before calling it quits. He went into coaching, with the IBL's San Diego Stingrays, the CBA's Columbus Riverdragons, and the now-defunct CBA Florida Flame.
All-Time Statline: One season, seven games, 14.7 minutes, 4.4 points, 1.1 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.0 blocks, 8.0 PER, 0.1 win shares.
Sean Marks, a native of Auckland, New Zealand, was a 6'10" center and power forward. Born on August 23rd, 1975, he played four collegiate seasons with the California Bears. The New York Knicks
chose him with their second round pick of the 1998 draft, 44th overall. The following day, the Knicks sent him with cash and Charles Oakley to the Toronto Raptors for Marcus Camby
Marks played sparingly over two seasons with the Raptors, totaling 40 minutes in 13 games. After playing 2000-01 in Poland, the Heat signed him for two-years and $1,178,255.
In 2001-02, Marks shot 43.2% from the floor, with 75 rebounds over 21 contests. On November 6th, he started at center and scored a season high 15 on seven-of-nine shooting with five rebounds, two assists and a block in an 87-85 Heat win over the Seattle Supersonics. On November 20th, he logged a double-double, scoring 11 points with 11 rebounds in an 80-73 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves
Marks was moved to power forward for Miami in 2002-03, playing 23 games and shooting 37.3% from the field with 35 rebounds. During that season, he never scored more than six points and never grabbed more than four rebounds.
All-Time Statline: Two seasons, 44 games, 12.3 minutes, 3.4 points, 2.5 rebounds, 0.3 assists, 0.2 steals, 0.4 blocks, 6.4 PER, 0.1 win shares.
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