In today's all-time player countdown, HotHotHoops brings you a career retrospective of Tyrone Corbin, Pat Cummings, Kendall Gill, Sylvester Gray, and Juwan Howard.
Tyrone Corbin was a 6'6" small forward from Columbia, SC. Born on New Year's Eve in 1962, he played four seasons in college at the University of DePaul, averaging 16 points and eight rebounds his senior season. He was selected by the San Antonio Spurs
in the second round of the 1985 draft with the 35th overall pick.
Corbin played parts of two seasons with the Spurs (47 games). Before joining the Heat
, he also had stops with the Cleveland Cavaliers
(86 games), the Phoenix Suns
(107 games), the Minnesota TimberWolves (175 games), the Utah Jazz
(233 games), the Atlanta Hawks
(81 games), and the Sacramento Kings
(49 games). On February 22nd, 1996, the Kings traded him to the Heat with Walt Williams for Billy Owens and Kevin Gamble.
Corbin averaged 16.1 minutes over 22 games with Miami, shooting 41.3% from the field. On April 11th, he had his greatest positive impact on the Heat when he scored 12 points (on four-of-five shooting) with four rebounds and three assists in 16 minutes of a 115-105 win over the Milwaukee Bucks
. In the playoffs that season, he scored five points with seven rebounds, appearing twice in Miami's best-of-three series loss to the Chicago Bulls
. Miami released him after the season.
Later, Corbin played with the Hawks (196 games), the Kings (54 games) and the Toronto Raptors
(15 games). After retirement following the 2000-01 season, he joined the Utah Jazz as an assistant, and was named the Jazz coach in the middle of the 2010-11 season. He has thus far gone 87-89 as a head coach.
All-Time HEATline: One season, 22 games, 16.1 minutes, 4.6 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.1 blocks, 10.6 PER, 0.7 win shares.
118. Pat Cummings
Pat Cummings was a 6'9" power forward from Johnstown, PA. Born on July 11th, 1956, he started four seasons with the University of Cincinnati, graduating with the Class of 1979. His senior season, he averaged 24.5 points and 11.3 rebounds in 37.5 minutes per game. Before playing his senior season, the Milwaukee Bucks spent a third round pick on him in the draft of 1978, 59th overall.
Cummings played 223 games for the Bucks over the next three seasons. He later played with the Dallas Mavericks
(161 games) and the New York Knicks
(205 games). For his two seasons with Dallas and his first two with New York, he averaged 14 points and eight rebounds for the most productive stretch of his career. Miami signed him to a free agent contract before taking their initial tip-off of the 1988-89 season for $525,000.
With the Heat, Cummings played 53 games, including 29 starts that first season. He hit 50% of his shots, averaging 8.8 points over 20.7 minutes per appearance. On December 15th, he posted a double-double, one of three on the season when he scored 16 points with 15 rebounds in a 94-90 loss to the Sacramento Kings. He scored in double digits 22 times over the course of the season, including on February 5th, in a 102-98 win over the Kings, by scoring a season high 24 points on 10-of-13 shooting with five rebounds.
1989-90 would see Cummings remain with Miami, in a more limited role. He appeared in 37 games, averaging 10.6 minutes and shooting 48.4% from the field. He only scored in double digits twice, and enjoyed no games of 10 or more rebounds on the season. His best game may have been on December 28th, when he scored 14 points with seven rebounds in a loss to the Denver Nuggets
, 132-107. He was waived after the season.
Cummings played in four games the next season with the Utah Jazz to close out his NBA career. He later earned a real estate license, practicing in the greater Cincinnati area for years afterward. Unfortunately, he died of natural causes on June 26th, 2012.
All-Time HEATline: Two seasons, 90 games, 16.5 minutes, 7.1 points, 4.2 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.2 blocks, 10.9 PER, 0.7 win shares.
Kendall Gill was a 6'5" shooting guard from Chicago, IL. Born on May 25th, 1968, he played four seasons for the University of Illinois, graduating in 1990 with a 20 point average for his senior season. The Charlotte Hornets
selected him in the first round of that season's draft with the fifth overall pick.
Gill played three seasons for Charlotte (230 games), later playing with the Seattle Supersonics (152 games), the Hornets again (36 games), and the New Jersey Nets
(331 games). He signed with the Heat prior to the 2001-02 season for $1,538,000.
For Miami, Gill started 49 games that season at shooting guard, appearing in 65 games overall. He averaged six points and three rebounds in 22 minutes per contest, shooting 38.4% from the field. He broke double digits a total of 12 times while with the team. On February 12th, he scored 12 points with seven assists in a 102-80 win over the Chicago Bulls. He didn't stay with the Heat for a second season.
Gill went on to play three more NBA seasons with the Minnesota TimberWolves (82 games), the Chicago Bulls (56 games), and the Milwaukee Bucks (14 games). After retirement, he went into professional boxing for a while, and currently works with WGN on Chicago Bulls broadcasts.
All-Time HEATline: One season, 65 games, 21.7 minutes, 5.7 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.1 blocks, 7.6 PER, 0.7 win shares.
116. Sylvester Gray
Sylvester Gray was a 6'6" small forward from Milling ton, TN. Born on July 8th, 1967, He was the fourth ever draft selection for the Heat, 35th overall, in the second round of the 1988 draft. He played collegiate ball for two seasons with the University of Memphis.
Gray started 15 games for Miami that season, appearing in 55 overall. He averaged eight points and five rebounds in 22 minutes per game. During his time with the Heat, he accrued two double doubles and finished in double figures 18 times. The best of both was probably on March 2nd, when he scored 25 points with 14 rebounds, both career highs, in a 132-123 loss to the New York Knicks.
After his time in Miami, Gray didn't again play for an NBA team, enjoying a very long professional career abroad. He appeared in Phillipine, Turkish, and Italian leagues, ending his career after the 2006-07 season with Supernova Montegranaro, in Italy.
All-Time HEATline: One season, 55 games, 22.2 minutes, 8.0 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.5 blocks, 11.2 PER, 0.7 win shares.
Juwan Howard is a 6'9" power forward from Chicago, IL. Part of the famed "Fab Five" at the University of Michigan, he was selected fifth overall in the 1994 draft by the Washington Bullets after averaging 21 points and nine rebounds per appearance through his junior season.
Born on February 7th, 1973, he played 464 games for the Washington franchise through parts of seven seasons. He earned a selection to the all-star game during his second year with the club, his only such honor thus far in his career. He later played with the Dallas Mavericks (80 games), the Denver Nuggets (105 games), the Orlando Magic
(81 games), the Houston Rockets
(221 games), the Mavs again (50 games), the Nuggets again (three games), the Charlotte Bobcats
(39 games), and the Portland Trail Blazers
During the 2010 offseason, the Heat signed him to a two-year, $2,704,362 contract. His first season with the Heat would see him average 2.4 points and 2.1 rebounds over 57 appearances, shooting 44% from the floor. He played 32 minutes on April 13th, scoring 18 points with six rebounds in a 97-79 Heat win over the Toronto Raptors. During the playoffs, he played 60 minutes over 11 games, scoring a total of 17 points with 10 rebounds.
Howard averaged seven minutes per appearance in 2011-12, playing in 28 games and shooting 31% from the field. He scored four points with a season high eight rebounds on April 13th in a Heat win over the Bobcats, 105-82. He scored seven points in 24 minutes spread over nine postseason games as Miami won their second NBA title.
2012-13 would see Howard appear in seven games, playing a total of 51 minutes and scoring 21 points with eight rebounds.
All-Time HEATline: Three seasons, 92 games, 9.1 minutes, 2.2 points, 1.9 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 0.2 steals, 0.1 blocks, 7.4 PER, 0.7 win shares.