Another day, and another way to pass your summer away. We're counting down every Heat player to ever play for even a second on the floor for Miami. Today, we take another look at Mark Blount, Marty Conlon, Derek Anderson, Brent Barry, and Rodney Buford.
Mark Blount was a 7' center from Dobbs Ferry, NY. Born on November 30th, 1975, he spent two seasons playing for the University of Pittsburgh Panthers, averaging nine points and seven rebounds in his final season, 1996-97. He then left college to play professionally, getting drafted 54th overall, in the second round by the Seattle Supersonics. He didn't make the squad out of camp, instead signing on with the CBA's Yakima Sun Kings. He later made appearances with Paris Basket Racing (France), the Atlantic City Seagulls (USBL), the La Crosse Bobcats (CBA), the Baltimore Bayrunners (IBL), and the New Jersey Shorecats (USBL).
Prior to the 2000-01 season, the Boston Celtics
gave Blount another shot at NBA glory. He spent most of six seasons with the team, interrupted by a 54 games stopover with the Denver Nuggets
. For Boston, he averaged 23 minutes with eight points and five rebounds per appearance. Midway through 2005-06, the Celtics sent him via trade to the Minnesota TimberWolves, with whom Blount would play 124 games over the next season and a half.
Before the 2007-08 campaign, Minnesota traded Blount with Ricky Davis
to Miami for Michael Doleac
, Wayne Simien
, Antoine Walker
, and a draft pick. Miami would pay $16,414,956 over two seasons for his services. 46 of his 69 appearances that season were starts, and he averaged 8.4 points per contest by shooting 46.2% from the field. He also pitched in with an average of 3.8 boards per game. On January 11th
, he scored a season high 27 points on 13-of-16 shooting as the Heat
dropped a 114-88 decision to the New Orleans Hornets
. He notched a double-double (one of three on the season) with 18 points and 13 rebounds on February 12th
in a 114-113 loss to the Denver Nuggets. All told, he scored in double digits 28 times, including four 20+ point performances.
2008-09 would see Blount relegated to bench depth, averaging just over 10 minutes per game in 20 appearances. He averaged four points and two rebounds per performance. On January 30th
, in a 114-103 loss to the Indiana Pacers
, he logged his last good game, scoring 17 points with eight rebounds in 24 minutes of floor time. The Heat traded him back to the Wolves before the 2009-10 season, where Blount was waived before the start of the season. He has not made another NBA appearance to date.
All-Time HEATline: Two seasons, 89 games, 19.7 minutes, 7.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.5 blocks, 11.1 PER, 0.6 win shares.
123. Marty Conlon
Marty Conlon was a 6'10" center from the Bronx, NY. Born on January 19th, 1968, he played four seasons of college ball at the University of Providence. He averaged 14.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game his last two seasons with the team. He signed on with the Sacramento Kings
after graduating with the Class of 1990, but did not make the team.
His first five NBA seasons would see Conlon play for the Seattle SuperSonics (45 games), the Kings (46 games), Charlotte Hornets (16 games), the Washington Bullets (14 games), the Milwaukee Bucks
(156 games), and the Boston Celtics (74 games).
After getting released by Boston during the 1997 offseason, he spent the first half of the succeeding season without an NBA home. For a little roster depth, the Heat signed him on February 23rd
for $662,500. Conlon came off the bench to appear in 18 games for Miami that season, averaging 4.9 points and 2.6 rebounds per appearance. On March 27th
, he scored 11 points and six rebounds in a 102-77 win over the Bucks. In the playoffs, he played 46 minutes over three games against the New York Knicks
, scoring seven points on three-of-seven shooting with four rebounds and three assists. Miami lost the best of five series, three games to two.
Conlon played a total of 35 minutes over seven games for Miami in 1998-99, scoring eight points with five rebounds. He played three games for the Los Angeles Clippers
the following season. Afterward, he played professionally for several seasons in Italy.
All-Time HEATline: Two seasons, 25 games, 9.8 minutes, 3.8 points, 2.0 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.2 blocks, 12.0 PER, 0.6 win shares.
Derek Anderson was a 6'5" shooting guard from Louisville, KY. Born on July 18th, 1974, he split his college experience between Ohio State University and the University of Kentucky. The Cleveland Cavaliers selected him in the first round of the 1997 draft with the 13th overall pick.
Anderson played two seasons with the Cavs (104 games), later spending time with the Los Angeles Clippers (64 games), the San Antonio Spurs (82 games), the Portland TrailBlazers (245 games), and the Houston Rockets (20 games). On February 23rd, 2006, Houston traded him to Miami for Gerald Fitch.
Anderson averaged just over 20 minutes per game, starting in three of his 23 appearances for the Heat. He averaged 5.8 points per game on 30.8% field goal shooting, also pitching in with 2.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists. On April 8th, he scored 20 points with four rebounds, four assists and two steals in a 99-86 win over the Washington Wizards. Later, he appeared in eight playoff contests on Miami's way to their first NBA championship, playing a total of 66 minutes and scoring 25 points with nine rebounds and five assists. The Heat waived him after the season.
All-Time HEATline: One season, 23 games, 20.2 minutes, 5.8 points, 2.6 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 0.3 steals, 0.1 blocks, 8.8 PER, 0.7 win shares.
Brent Barry, sometimes called "Bones," was a 6'6" shooting guard. Born in Hempstead, NY on the last day of 1971, the Oregon State Alum (Class of 1995) was selected in the first round soon after graduation by the Denver Nuggets, with the 15th overall pick. Soon thereafter, they sent him with Rodney Rogers to the Los Angeles Clippers for Antonio McDyess and Randy Woods.
Barry played in parts of three seasons with the Clippers, averaging 10 points, two rebounds and three assists in 24 minutes per game. On February 19th, 1998, the Clippers dealt him to the Heat for Isaac Austin, Charles Smith, and a draft pick. He averaged 15 minutes per appearance over 17 games for the Heat. He scored 4.1 points per contest, shooting 37% from the field and 35% from three-point distance. He meant a lot more to the Clippers than he did to the Heat, as his best game with Miami ranked as his 19th best effort of the season (according to his season's gamescores on www.basketball-reference.com). For reference, it was a 109-77 Heat win over the Houston Rockets in which Barry scored seven points with three rebounds, three steals, two blocks and an assist on March 29th. Miami released him after the season.
Barry signed on with the Chicago Bulls for the next season (37 games). After that, he played with the Seattle SuperSonics for five seasons (362 games), the San Antonio Spurs for four seasons (261 games), and one season with the Houston Rockets (56 games). He is currently a commentator on NBA TV.
All-Time HEATline: One season, 17 games, 15.2 minutes, 4.1 points, 1.6 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.2 blocks, 11.2 PER, 0.7 win shares.
120. Rodney Buford
Rodney Buford, born November 2nd, 1977, is a 6'5" shooting guard from Milwaukee, WI. In a four year collegiate career with the University of Creighton, he averaged 18 points and six rebounds in 30 minutes per game. Miami selected him in the second round of the 1999 draft, with the 53rd overall pick.
Buford shot 41% in just over 11 minutes per contest for Miami over 34 appearances. On February 9th, in a 115-100 win over the Golden State Warriors, he scored 17 points with three boards and two assists. He scored 11 points in his only career playoff appearance with the Heat, in Game three of Miami's sweep of the Detroit Pistons in the Conference Quarterfinals. Miami won that game by a score of 91-72. After the season, the Heat traded him with P.J. Brown, Tim James, Jamal Mashburn and Otis Thorpe to the Charlotte Hornets for Ricky Davis, Dale Ellis, Eddie Jones and Anthony Mason.
Buford would subsequently play with the Philadelphia 76ers (47 games), the Memphis Grizzlies (63 games), the Sacramento Kings (22 games), and the New Jersey Nets (64 games). He has also played in lesser US professional leagues, as well as in Ukraine, Israel, Lebanon, Germany, China, Greece, Venezuala, and Canada. He is currently playing in a UK league with the London Lightning.
All-Time HEATline: One season, 34 games, 11.4 minutes, 4.3 points, 1.4 rebounds, 0.6 assists, 0.3 steals, 0.2 blocks, 11.7 PER, 0.7 win shares.