Miami Heat Player Countdown: #149-145

Kevin C. Cox

After a brief interlude, the countdown continues with Todd Mitchell, Ron Grandison, Tang Hamilton, Anfernee Hardaway, and Terrel Harris

149. Todd Mitchell


Todd Mitchell was a 6'7" small forward from Toledo, OH. Born on July 26, 1966, the product of Purdue University was selected in the second round of the 1988 draft by the Denver Nuggets, 43rd overall.

After averaging 14 points and six rebounds over four seasons with the Boilermakers, Mitchell failed to make the Nuggets out of training camp. On New Years Eve, he signed the first of two 10-day contracts with Miami. On January 12th, he played a career high 35 minutes in a 106-100 loss to the Washington Bullets, scoring nine points with five assists, four steals and three rebounds. He scored a career high 15, mostly from the foul line, on February 19th in a 117-92 loss to the Denver Nuggets. He also pitched in with five rebounds and a steal. Miami waived him on February 24th.

The San Antonio Spurs gave Mitchell a shot less than a week later. He suited up for a grand total of two games before earning his walking papers. He later played professionally in Israel, France, and Greece.

All-Time Statline: One season, 22 games, 14.5 minutes, 5.4 points, 2.1 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.1 blocks, 8.8 PER, 0.1 win shares.

148. Ron Grandison


Ron Grandison, born July 9th, 1964, was a 6'6" power forward from Los Angeles, CA. He split four seasons of collegiate ball over five years, first with UC-Irvine then later with the University of New Orleans. The Denver Nuggets picked him up in the fifth round of the 1987 draft with the 100th pick overall. Waived before the start of the season, he caught on prior to 1988-89 with the Boston Celtics. In 72 games, he averaged 2.5 points, 1.3 rebounds and 0.6 assists.

Over the next two seasons, Grandison did not make an NBA appearance, instead concentrating on other endeavors. He did play for a time with the CBA's Omaha Racers during the interim. In 1991-92, he played three games with the Charlotte Hornets, followed by two more NBA free seasons in Spain and in the CBA.

In 1994-95, Grandison played two games with the New York Knicks. Before the 1995-96 season, he signed with the Heat for $225,000. On November 28th, in a 111-89 Heat win over the Dallas Mavericks, he scored eight points with a rebound, an assist, and two steals. December 6th would see him score six points with six rebounds and a steal in a 105-101 loss to the Boston Celtics. Miami let him go on January 6th. He appeared for four games with the Atlanta Hawks and for six with the New York Knicks. He later played on and off with various CBA teams through the 2000-01 season.

All-Time Statline: One season, 18 games, 13.1 minutes, 2.4 points, 2.0 rebounds, 0.6 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.1 blocks, 6.4 PER, 0.2 win shares.

147. Tang Hamilton


Tang Hamilton was a 6'8" power forward from Jackson, MS. Born on May 26th, 1978, he averaged 12 points and seven rebounds with Mississippi State University his senior season, 2000-01. He signed a free agent contract with the Heat after going undrafted, for $60,881.

Tang appeared in nine games that season with the Heat, hitting just over half his shots and grabbing 18 rebounds overall. On November 8th, he scored six points with two rebounds, two assists, and two steals in 17 minutes of an 86-82 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. The Heat cut him on December 2nd.

All-Time Statline: One season, nine games, 10.9 minutes, 2.2 points, 2.0 rebounds, 0.6 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.0 blocks, 10.9 PER, 0.2 win shares.

146. Anfernee Hardaway


Anfernee Hardaway, commonly called "Penny," was a point guard out of the University of Memphis. Born on July 18th, 1971 (happy birthday), the 6'7" native of Memphis, TN was selected in the first round of the 1993 draft, third overall by the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors traded him along with 1996, 1998, and 2000 first round picks (Todd Fuller, Vince Carter, and Mike Miller (yes that Mike Miller)) for Chris Webber.

Hardaway made four all-NBA teams while on the Magic, averaging 19 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 6.3 assists in 37 minutes per contest over his first six NBA seasons. He later played for four and a half seasons with the Phoenix Suns (12.4 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.2 assists in 32 minutes per game), and two and a half with the New York Knicks (8.2 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.9 assists in 26 minutes per game). He sat out the 2006-07 season, "retired."

Hardaway signed for the veteran minimum to play with the Heat on December 12th, 2007. He played 16 games for Miami, starting eight at the small forward position. He shot better from three point range (eight-for-19, .421) than he did overall (22-for-60, .367) with 35 rebounds, 35 assists and 19 steals. November 11th would see him score five points with five rebounds, six assists and four steals in a 75-72 win over the New York Knicks. On November 17th, he went perfect from the field, including four from downtown in a 91-87 win over the New Jersey Nets. The Heat let him go on December 12th.

All-Time Statline: One season, 16 games, 20.3 minutes, 3.8 points, 2.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.1 blocks, 9.0 PER, 0.2 win shares.

145. Terrel Harris


Terrel Harris is a 6'5" shooting guard from Dallas, TX. Born on August 10th, 1987, he played four seasons collegiately with the Oklahoma State Cowboys. Undrafted, he signed a free agent contract to play with Miami after the 2011 lockout reached its conclusion. On January 5th, he played 44 minutes of a three-overtime, 116-109 win over the Atlanta Hawks, scoring nine points with four assists and a career high 14 rebounds. On April 6th, in a 97-82 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, he scored 10 points with six rebounds and four assists. In four postseason appearances, he scored five points with four rebounds in 10 minutes. It wasn't much, but it was enough for him to share in Miami's second ever NBA Championship.

In 2012-13, Harris started out the season with Miami. He played 29 minutes over parts of seven games before getting waived on January 5th. He later played in 13 contests with the New Orleans Hornets, and is currently signed with the Portland Trail Blazers.

All-Time Statline: Two seasons, 29 games, 12.0 minutes, 3.1 points, 2.1 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.3 steals, 0.1 blocks, 7.5 PER, 0.2 win shares.
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