Miami Heat Player Countdown: #139-135

Paul Kane

It's another day and another dollar toward your doctorate in Heat history. Today, let's recheck former Heatsters Wang Zhizhi, Luther Head, Stephane Lasme, Wesley Person, and Kevin Pritchard.

139. Wang Zhizhi

Wang Zhizhi was a 7' center from Beijing, China. Born to basketball gifted parents on July 8th, 1977, he played with the Chinese Basketball Association Bayi Rockets for six seasons after completing his initial hitch in the Army. In the midst of his time with Bayi, the Dallas Mavericks spent a second round pick on Zhizhi in the 1999 draft, with the 36th overall pick. He wouldn't join the team until near the end of the 2001-02 season, playing in five regular season and five playoff games for Dallas. He played 63 games with the team the following season, including eight playoff matchups. After 43 games over parts of two seasons with the Los Angeles Clippers, the Heat inked him to a free agent deal ultimately worth $1,275,989 over two seasons beginning midway through the 2003-04 campaign, averaging three points and one rebound in 7.5 minutes per game. On January 23rd, he scored a season high 11 points with two rebounds and a steal in an 85-64 triumph over the New Jersey Nets. In three playoff matches against the New Orleans Hornets (two wins, one loss), he made one assist, one personal foul, and turned the ball over once in seven minutes of time on the floor. In 2004-05, Zhizhi averaged two points and one rebound in four and a half minutes per game, getting into 20 games for Miami. On February 22nd, in a 105-101 loss to the Chicago Bulls, he scored 11 points with two rebounds and two steals in 19 minutes of action. On April 8th, his NBA career came to a close with four points, three rebounds and three assists in a 97-81 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. After his tenure with the Heat ended, Zhizhi rejoined his old outfit in the CBA, the Bayi Rockets. He is still with the team today.

All-Time HEAT Statline: Two seasons, 34 games, 5.8 minutes, 2.5 points, 0.9 rebounds, 0.2 assists, 0.2 steals, 0.2 blocks, 12.4 PER, 0.2 win shares.

138. Luther Head

Luther Head was a 6'3" shooting guard from Chicago, IL. Born on November 26th, 1982, the Houston Rockets selected him 24th overall in the 2005 draft out of the University of Illinois. Head averaged nine points, three rebounds and two assists per game over parts of four seasons with the Rockets. Despite his years of distinguished service, they unceremoniously dumped him on February 28th, 2009. Miami picked him up four days later. Head only played 10 games for Miami, hitting 37% of his field goal attempts and his three-point attempts. He played 21 minutes on March 26th, scoring seven points with four rebounds, five assists, and a steal in a 106-87 loss to the Chicago Bulls. Head played 47 games for the 2009-10 Indiana Pacers and 36 games for the 2010-11 San Antonio Spurs. He's currently on the NBA D-League roster for the Texas Legends.

All-Time HEAT Statline: One season, 10 games, 17.6 minutes, 4.3 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.1 blocks, 10.2 PER, 0.2 win shares.

137. Stephane Lasme

Stephane Lasme was a 6'8" power forward from Port-Gentil, Gabon. Born on December 17th, 1982, he was chosen in the second round of the 2007 draft by the Golden State Warriors with the 46th overall pick. He played a total of one game for the Warriors, getting onto the floor for less than a minute. The team waived him in mid-November. Miami signed Lasme to a free agent contract on March 21st, 2008. He would appear in 15 Heat games, including four starts at the power forward position. He would shoot 45% from the floor while playing an average of 20 minutes with five and a half points and three and a half assists per game. On April 16th, he scored 12 points with two rebounds and a steal in 21 minutes of a season ending 113-99 loss to the Atlanta Hawks (Miami's 15th win of the season). Lasme has since played in Serbia, Greece, Spain, Israel and Russia, and currently plays for the Shamrock in Greece, with Panathinaikos B.C.

All-Time HEAT Statline: One season, 15 games, 20.2 minutes, 5.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 0.2 assists, 0.9 steals, 1.5 blocks, 11.7 PER, 0.3 win shares.

136. Wesley Person

Born March 28th, 1971, Wesley Person was a 6'6" shooting guard from Crenshaw, AL. He graduated from Auburn University with the Class of 1994 after having averaged 35 minutes, 19 points, seven rebounds, and three assists per game. He was picked by the Phoenix Suns in the first round of that seasons' draft, with the 23rd overall pick. Person joined older brother Chuck in the NBA, spending his first three professional seasons with the Suns. He would average 12.2 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game while with the team. He later spent time with the Cleveland Cavaliers (328 games), the Memphis Grizzlies (82 games), the Portland Trail Blazers (33 games), and the Atlanta Hawks (nine games). Person signed a two-year/$3,360,000 contract with Miami before the start of 2004-05 training camp. In that season, he played 16 games for the Heat at small forward, starting three of them. He shot 44% from the floor, averaging 13 minutes per appearance. On November 14th, he hit four-of-six field goal attempts, with two rebounds, an assist and a steal in 15 minutes as the Heat defeated the Milwaukee Bucks, 112-110. The Heat waived him on March 1st, but would continue to pay him for a while longer. The Denver Nuggets took on Person a few days afterward in free agency. He would play 25 games with the franchise to close out his NBA resume.

All-Time HEAT Statline: One season, 16 games, 12.9 minutes, 3.9 points, 1.4 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.0 blocks, 10.5 PER, 0.3 win shares.

135. Kevin Pritchard

Kevin Pritchard, a 6'3" point guard from Bloomington, IN, was born on July 17, 1967. He was a four year starter with the Kansas Jayhawks, graduating with the Class of 1990. He averaged around 12 points while playing 29 minutes per game. The Golden State Warriors selected him in the second round of the draft, with the 34th overall pick. He played 62 games with the team that season. Pritchard went on the play 1991-92 with the Boston Celtics (11 games), 1992-93 with a Spanish team and the 1993-94 season in Italy. Before the following season, he signed a free agent contract with the Heat, but failed to make the team out of camp, eventually signing on with the Philadelphia 76ers in February. Starting on March 6th, he signed the first of a series of contracts that allowed him to finish out the season in Miami. He shot 45% from the field as a Heat regular, with 11 rebounds and 23 assists. On April 8th, he scored 11 by going five-of-six from the field, with two assists in 20 minutes of a 103-93 loss to the New Jersey Nets. Pritchard closed out his NBA career with two games for the Washington Bullets the following season. He entered the "management," and is currently the General Manager of the Indiana Pacers.

All-Time HEAT Statline: One season, 14 games, 11.3 minutes, 3.1 points, 0.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.1 steals, 0.1 blocks, 10.3 PER, 0.3 win shares.

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