Miami Heat Player Countdown: #129-125

Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

In today's reflection, we look into the past and weigh the contributions of five more HEATsters: Danny Schayes, Pete Myers, Dexter Pittman, Pearl Washington, and Marcus Banks.

129. Danny Schayes


Danny Schayes came with an iron-clad NBA pedigree. The son of Syracuse National's Hall of Famer Dolph Schayes was selected in the first round of the 1981 draft by the Utah Jazz, 13th overall. Like his father, he was a 6'11" center. The Syracuse, NY native played four collegiate seasons with the Orangemen (of course), averaging eight points and five rebounds per contest.


Schayes scored 12 points with seven rebounds in 26 minutes per game while with Utah, playing in every game during his season and a half stay. Near the 1983 trading deadline, the Jazz sent him to the Denver Nuggets for Rich Kelly. He ranks eighth all-time on Denver's games played leaderboard, with 536 over eight seasons (9.4 points, 5.8 rebounds). He also later played with the Milwaukee Bucks (218 games), the Los Angeles Lakers (13 games), and the Phoenix Suns (69 games).

On December 12th, 1995, the Heat signed him through the end of the then-current season. He played in 32 games, averaging 12.5 minutes, shooting 34%, and scoring three points and three rebounds per contest. On December 20th, he had a truly monster performance in a 112-104 win over the New Jersey Nets, scoring 17 points with 16 rebounds in 41 minutes, all season highs. In the playoffs, he scored seven points with four rebounds in 17 minutes split over two games both losses to the Chicago Bulls.

Schayes later signed on with the Orlando Magic, closing out his career with three productive seasons. He currently lives in Phoenix, AZ, running "No-Limits Investments."

All-Time HEATline: One season, 32 games, 12.5 minutes, 3.2 points, 2.8 rebounds, 0.3 assists, 0.3 steals, 0.5 blocks, 8.3 PER, 0.4 win shares.

128. Pete Myers


Pete Myers, sometimes known as "Skeeter Hawk," was a 6'6" shooting guard from Mobile, AL, born on September 15th, 1963. The Chicago Bulls picked him in the sixth round of the 1986 draft with the 120th overall selection. He had averaged 17 points and seven and a half rebounds in two seasons with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Over his first five NBA seasons, Myers played with the Bulls (29 games), the San Antonio Spurs (30 games), the Philadelphia 76ers (four games), the New York Knicks (53 games), and the New Jersey Nets (28 games). He played in Italy for two seasons starting in 1991-92, rejoining the Bulls for two more years upon his return to the states. He signed with the Charlotte Hornets during 1995 training camp.

On November 3rd, the Hornets traded Myers with LeRon Ellis and Alonzo Mourning to the Heat for Matt Geiger, Khalid Reeves, Glen Rice and a 1996 first round draft pick (Tony Delk). With Miami, he hit 39% of his shots, playing 16 minutes per game over 39 appearances. On December 4th, in a 121-120, two-overtime loss to the Boston Celtics, he scored 20 on seven-of-13 shooting with eight rebounds and eight assists in 43 minutes. On January 19th, he earned his only double-double with Miami, scoring 15 with 11 assists in a loss to the Hornets, 114-106. The Heat waived him on February 12th, and the Hornets signed him four days later. He played 32 games in Charlotte to finish out the season.

Myers spent another season in Italy before returning to the NBA for one more try in 1997-98, when he played nine games for the Knicks. He later spent 10 seasons as an assistant coach for the Bulls, and has for the past three seasons been employed as an assistant with the Golden State Warriors.

All-Time HEATline: One season, 39 games, 16.4 minutes, 4.7 points, 1.9 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.3 blocks, 8.9 PER, 0.5 win shares.

127. Dexter Pittman


Dexter Pittman is a 6'11", 300+ pound center from Rosenburg, TX. Born on March 2nd, 1988, the University of Texas product played four seasons for the Longhorns, averaging 10 points and six rebounds per game during his senior season, graduating with the Class of 2010. The Heat picked him in the second round of the draft that year, with the 32nd overall pick.

Pittman spent a large portion of his professional career to this point with the NBA D-League's Sioux Falls Skyforce. He appeared in two NBA games his rookie season. His most positive impact occured in the Heat's final game, a 97-79 win over the Toronto Raptors, when he scored two points with a rebound in nine minutes.

2011-12 would see Pittman earn more substantial playing time with Miami, appearing 35 times and shooting 47% from the floor. Even though he was still used comparatively sparingly (8.6 minutes per game), he saved his best efforts for when the Heat gave him more playing time. He played in a season second-most 18 minutes on April 13th in a 105-82 win over the Charlotte Bobcats, scoring 16 points on seven-of-11 shooting. He played eight minutes spread over three games in the playoffs, blocking one shot and making one assist (with two personal fouls) on Miami's road to their first of their two consecutive NBA titles.

In 2012-13, Pittman barely sniffed the paint for Miami, playing a total of 12 minutes over four games and scoring six points with seven rebounds. On February 21st, the Heat traded him to the Memphis Grizzlies with cash considerations and a draft pick for Ricky Sanchez. He scored two points with five rebounds over 20 minutes with the Grizz, getting waived by the team after the season. He played for the San Antonio Spurs at the recently concluded NBA Summer League.

All-Time HEATline: Three seasons, 41 games, 7.9 minutes, 2.8 points, 2.0 rebounds, 0.2 assists, 0.2 steals, 0.2 blocks, 9.7 PER, 0.5 win shares.

126. Pearl Washington


Dwayne Washington, known everywhere as "Pearl," was a 6'2" point guard from Brooklyn, NY. Born January 6th, 1964, he earned McDonald's All-American Honors in 1983, and later played three seasons with the Syracuse Orangemen. He was twice named an AP third-team All-American. The New Jersey Nets picked him 13th overall in the 1986 draft. He averaged nine points and four assists per game in an average of 21 minutes over two seasons with the Nets. New Jersey left him unprotected in the expansion draft of 1988, where the Heat plucked him off their roster, signing him for $335,000.

As Miami's first ever backup point guard, Washington appeared 54 times, actually starting eight games while with the team. In Miami's first ever game, he came off the bench to score 16 points with three assists and three steals in 26 minutes of a 111-91 Miami loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. He would shoot 42.4% from the floor during his time in South Beach, averaging 7.6 points, 4.2 assists, and 1.4 steals. He notched a double double with 18 points and 12 assists in 32 minutes of a 139-108 drubbing at the hands of the Philadelphia 76ers. He was released by the Heat at the close of the season.

Washington wouldn't again appear in the NBA, playing two seasons in the Continental Basketball Association.

All-Time HEATline: One season, 54 games, 19.7 minutes, 7.6 points, 2.3 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.4 steals, 0.1 blocks, 13.0 PER, 0.5 win shares.

Marcus Banks is a 6'2" point guard from Las Vegas, NV. Born on November 19th, 1981, he played two seasons of collegiate ball with the Runnin' Rebels of the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. His senior season of 2002-03 would see him average 20.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 5.3 assists per game. The Memphis Grizzlies selected him 13th overall in that year's draft, trading him to the Boston Celtics later in the day.

For Boston, Banks played 180 games over three seasons. He also played with the Minnesota TimberWolves (45 games) and the Phoenix Suns (69 games). Phoenix traded him to the Heat with Shawn Marion for Shaquille O'Neal on February 6th, 2008. He signed with Miami for $3,966,207.

Banks appeared in 12 games for Miami near the end of 2007-08, averaging 21.6 minutes per game and shooting at a 51.2% clip. He scored 9.5 points with two rebounds and three assists on an average night. On March 5th, he scored 21 points on seven-of-11 shooting with five rebounds and four assists in a 108-83 Heat win over theToronto Raptors.

Banks made 16 appearances for the Heat in 2008-09, scoring 42 points on 15-of-39 shooting. His best game of the season would see him score 11 points on five-of-six shooting with four rebounds in a 106-68 loss to the Portland TrailBlazers on November 26th. Miami sent him with Shawn Marion and cash to the Toronto Raptors for Jamario Moon, Jermaine O'Neal and a 2010 second round draft pick (Da'Sean Butler).

Banks finished out his career with Toronto, playing 31 games over parts of three seasons ending in 2010-11. He spent part of the following season with the Idaho Stampede, and last season with a club in Greece.

All-Time HEATline: Two seasons, 28 games, 15.2 minutes, 5.6 points, 1.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.3 blocks, 12.8 PER, 0.6 win shares.
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