Back here at Heat Central, we're passing the summer months by reviewing the past (good, bad, and ugly) of the Miami Heat's short, volatile history. In today's digest, we'll review Alexander Johnson, Bobby Jones, Don MacLean, Jim Rowinski, and Anthony Taylor.
Alexander Johnson was a 6'8" power forward from Albany, GA. Born on February 8th, 1983, he played three seasons of college ball with the Florida State University Seminoles, averaging 13.2 points and 7.4 rebounds per contest through his last collegiate season, 2005-06. The Indiana Pacers
selected him in the second round soon afterward, with the 45th overall pick. Later that day, he was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers
along with two draft picks for James White
, then sent straight on to the Memphis Grizzlies
In his only season with Memphis, Johnson played just over a quarter per game. He got onto the floor 59 times and averaged four and a half points and three rebounds per appearance. The Grizz waived him shortly after the season concluded.
Miami signed Johnson for $687,456 before 2007-08 training camp. For the Heat, he shot 49% from the field over 43 contests. He appeared in 12.8 minutes per game, averaging four points, two rebounds, and two fouls. On February 1st, he played 26 minutes of a 94-85 loss to the New Jersey Nets
, scoring 14 by going a perfect six-of-six from the field, along with three rebounds and an assist. In Miami's next game, a 114-82 loss to the Toronto Raptors
on February 4th, he had a double double, scoring 10 with 10 boards. Miami waived him following the season.
Johnson later played in Germany, in the CBA, in Korea, and in China. He is currently a member of the Liaoning Hengye Jaguars in China.
All-Time Statline: One season, 43 games, 12.8 minutes, 4.2 points, 2.2 rebounds, 0.3 assists, 0.3 steals, 0.2 blocks, 8.9 PER, 0.2 win shares.
Bobby Jones is a 6'7" small forward from Compton, CA. Born on January 9th, 1984, he played collegiately with the University of Washington, appearing in four seasons and averaging 10 points and five boards over his career. After graduating with the Class of 2006. The Minnesota Timberwolves
selected him in the second round of the subsequent draft, with the 37th overall pick. The Wolves immediately traded him to the Philadelphia 76ers
for a draft pick and cash.
Jones rookie season would see him play 44 games for Philadelphia. He shot 46% from the field with 57 rebounds in an average of 7.6 minutes per game. Before 2007-08, the Sixers traded him with Stephen Hunter to the Denver Nuggets
for Reggie Evans
and Ricky Sanchez
Jones played 25 games for the Nuggets before getting waived. Later in the season, he played with the Memphis Grizzlies (nine games), the Houston Rockets
(four games), the Heat (six games), and the San Antonio Spurs (three games). He closed out the season back on the Nuggets roster.
During his tenure in South Beach, Jones hit over half of his shots while playing just a shade under a half per appearance. He also averaged four rebounds per game. On the 21st of March, he scored 15 points on six-of-nine shooting with three rebounds, playing for 28 minutes in a 103-86 loss to the Washington Wizards.
After the season, the Nuggets traded him to the New York Knicks, where he was waived soon afterward and picked up again to play with Miami's taxi squad. He has spent the last five seasons playing in various levels of Italy's professional basketball infrastructure, currently with Virtus Roma.
All-Time Statline: One season, six games, 23.8 minutes, 8.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.3 steals, 0.0 blocks, 11.2 PER, 0.2 win shares.
142. Don MacLean
Don MacLean, sometimes called "Hollywood," was a 6'10" forward from Palo Alto, CA. Born on January 16th, 1970, he owns the all-time scoring title for UCLA Bruins, with 2,608 for his college career. He averaged 21 points and eight rebounds in four collegiate seasons, graduating with the Class of 1988.
The Detroit Pistons
made MacLean their first round pick in the draft of 1988, with the 19th overall selection. Detroit sent him with William Bedford to the Los Angeles Clippers
for Olden Polynice and two draft picks. Four months later, and prior to the start of the 1988-89 season, he was again sent in a package deal with Bedford, this time to the Washington Bullets for John Williams.
As a rookie, MacLean averaged 6.6 points and two rebounds per contest. The following season, he took home the NBA's Most Improved Player Award by averaging 18.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.1 assists. He appeared in a total of 176 games over three seasons with Washington. He would go on to play one season each with the Denver Nuggets (56 games), the Philadelphia 76ers (37 games), the New Jersey Nets (nine games), the Seattle Supersonics (17 games), and the Phoenix Suns
(16 games). He was the first player to earn a suspension by testing positive for performance enhancing drugs near the end of 2000.
In 2000-01, MacLean was traded to Miami, signing on for $798,500. He appeared in eight games for the Heat, hitting half of his 20 field goal attempts and pitching in with 18 rebounds. On November 1st, he drained five-of-six shots, scoring 16 points with five rebounds, two steals and an assist in 22 minutes to help Miami open the season with a win, 105-79 over the Orlando Magic
After his playing career, MacLean went into broadcasting, and currently works as a color analyst with the PAC-12 broadcast team.
All-Time Statline: One season, eight games, 9.5 minutes, 3.9 points, 2.3 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.1 blocks, 16.3 PER, 0.2 win shares.
141. Jim Rowinski
Jim Rowinski was a 6'8" power forward from Syosset, NY. Born on January 4th, 1961, he played four collegiate seasons with the Purdue Boilermakers. Used sparingly his first three seasons, he blossomed in his senior year to average 15 points and seven rebounds in 36 minutes per game. After graduating with the Class of 1984, the Utah Jazz
selected him in the fourth round of that season's draft, 86th overall.
Rowinski was unable to latch on with the Jazz, getting waived before camp broke. He didn't make another appearance on any NBA roster until March, 1989, when the Detroit Pistons signed him to a 10-day contract. He played eight minutes over six games. Later that same year, he signed on with the Philadelphia 76ers, playing seven minutes over three games.
On March 8th, 1990, the Heat signed Rowinski for what amounted to the balance of the remaining season. He played in 14 contests, draining 43.8% of his field goal attempts and averaging 3.6 points and 2.1 boards per game. On March 20th, he scored a career high 11 points with four rebounds and a steal in a 112-98 loss to the Indiana Pacers. On April 21st, in the Heat's
season finale (and his last NBA appearance), he scored eight points with seven rebounds in 18 minutes of a 130-109 loss to the Atlanta Hawks
Rowinski later apppeared professionally in Spain, Belgium, Turkey, the CBA, and the USBL, last in 1997with the Long Island Surf (USBL).
All-Time Statline: One season, 14 games, 8.0 minutes, 3.6 points, 2.1 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 0.1 steals, 0.1 blocks, 13.2 PER, 0.2 win shares.
140. Anthony Taylor
Anthony Taylor was a 6'4" point guard from Beaverton, OR. Born on November 30th, 1965, he was a four year starter for the University of Oregon, averaging 36 minutes, 17 points, and four rebounds per appearance. He was initially selected in the second round of the 1988 draft, by the Atlanta Hawks, 44th overall. Atlanta waived him on November 2nd, Miami picked him up three days later for $100,000.
Taylor made 21 appearances during his time with the team, making seven starts among them. He shot just under 40%, averaging seven points, two assists, one steal, and one and a half rebounds in 17.5 minutes per game. On November 17th, in a 113-107 loss to the Houston Rockets, he scored 18 points on six-of-13 shooting with four assists in 24 minutes of floor time. On November 26th, he scored a career and game high 21 points on nine-of-15 shooting with two boards, two assists, and three steals, playing 36 minutes of a 103-93 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks
Taylor was spared (barely) the indignity of a winless career, as the Heat lost each of the first 20 games in which he appeared. The only win came in his last appearance, on December 23rd in a 101-80 Heat win over the Utah Jazz. Taylor played one minute and collected one rebound. Miami cut him just after Christmas, and he would not again appear on an NBA roster.
All-Time Statline: One season, 21 games, 17.5 minutes, 6.9 points, 1.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.2 blocks, 11.1 PER, 0.2 win shares.