Miami Heat Player Countdown: #109-105

Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

More Heat today, with a career recap of former HEATsters Willie Anderson, Sean Lampley, Terry Mills, Tony Smith, and Ronny Turiaf.

109. Willie Anderson


Willie Anderson was a 6'7" shooting guard from Greenville, SC. Born on January 8th, 1967, the versatile Anderson could also play forward and point guard if needed. After getting a lot of attention in high school with East Atlanta, he signed on as a Bulldog for the University of Georgia, playing for four seasons and starting his last two. As a senior, he averaged 33.2 minutes, 16.7 points, 5.1 rebounds, and four assists per contest. After graduating with the Class of 1988, the San Antonio Spurs selected him with the 10th overall pick.

Anderson became a fixture in San Antonio, playing seven seasons with the Spurs. He ranks 16th on the all-time list, with 451 games played, 15th, with 5946 points scored, and 11th, with 1874 assists while with the club. He later split the 1995-96 season between the Toronto Raptors (49 games) and the New York Knicks (27 games).

Not part of any roster for the 1996=97 season, the Heat signed him to a contract which would pay Anderson $510,000, but not count against the current seasons' books. He began his Miami career on January 8th, 1997. He shot 45.3% from the field for Miami, including 42.1% from long distance. Over 28 regular season games, he averaged three points, one and a half rebounds, and just over one assist per appearance. He finished in double figures five times over the campaign, including the season finale, a 102-88 win over the Orlando Magic, where he scored 10 points with six rebounds and four assists. He later made nine appearances for Miami through the playoffs, as the Heat went 5-4 with him in the lineup. On May 14th, in a 96-81 win over the New York Knicks in Game Five (with the Heat down three games to one), he scored nine points with two boards and two steals in a series the Heat would eventually take.

Anderson, brother of fellow NBA-alum Shandon Anderson, later made professional appearances in Greece and Israel.

All-Time HEATline: One season, 28 games, 10.8 minutes, 3.0 points, 1.5 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.1 blocks, 10.3 PER, 0.9 win shares.

108. Sean Lampley


Sean Lampley was a 6'7" small forward from Harvey, IL. Born on September 3rd, 1979, he played collegiately for the Bears at the University of California. Over four seasons mostly as a starter, he averaged 30.5 minutes, 14.4 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per appearance. Chicago selected him in the second round of the 2001 draft, with the 44th overall pick.

Before Lampley's first professional appearance, the Heat traded a second round pick in the 2003 draft (Tommy Smith) for him. After sitting out the 2001-02 season with an injury, he rejoined the Heat for the 2002-03 campaign, playing for $349,458. He appeared exclusively off the bench in 35 games for Miami, playing 13.9 minutes per appearance. He shot 43.4% from the field, scoring nearly five points in each game. He earned double figures in points on six occasions during his stay. On January 6th, in a 99-85 loss to the Golden State Warriors, he scored 18 points on eight-of-12 shooting with nine rebounds in 31 minutes of floor time. All figures from the game were career highs. Miami waived him just before the start of the 2003-04 season.

Lampley played 10 games with the Golden State Warriors. Afterward, he made professional appearances in Greece, the Philippines, Germany, Spain, and Austrailia. He last played with Al Jayah Army SC Doha in Qatar in 2008-09.

All-Time HEATline: One season, 35 games, 13.9 minutes, 4.8 points, 2.4 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 0.2 steals, 0.1 blocks, 12.4 PER, 0.9 win shares.

107. Terry Mills


Terry Mills was a 6'10" power forward from Romulus, MI. Cousin of long-time Heat player Grant Long, he was born on December 21st, 1967. After being honored as a McDonald's All American in 1986, he played three seasons for the University of Michigan Wolverines, graduating with the Class of 1990. As a senior, he scored 18 points with eight rebounds per appearance.The Milwaukee Bucks selected him in the first round of the draft that year, with the 16th overall pick. Before the season started, the Bucks sent him off to the Denver Nuggets for fellow former HEATster Danny Schayes.

Before beginning his career with the Heat, Mills played with Denver (17 games), the New Jersey Nets (110 games), and the Detroit Pistons (394 games). Before the 1997-98 season, the Heat signed him for two-years/$2,145,000. In 50 appearances, he shot just under 40% from the field, scoring four points and three rebounds per night. He scored in double figures four times, with one double double, in the season opener. It was a 114-101 victory over the Toronto Raptors, as Mills scored 13 points with 10 rebounds. He scored a season high 20 points on nine-of-11 shooting, with four rebounds in a 114-106 win over the Washington Wizards on November 8th. He made two appearances against the Knicks in the playoffs, scoring four points in 11 minutes.

Mills only made one NBA appearance the following season, scoring nine points with four rebounds in 29 minutes of a 101-88 season ending loss to the New York Knicks. He rejoined the Pistons for 1999-00, playing in all 82 games, later catching on with the Indiana Pacers for 14 games in 2000-01. He is active on the drag-racing circuit, and interested in returning to basketball as a coach.

All-Time HEATline: Two seasons, 51 games, 15.9 minutes, 4.3 points, 3.1 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.2 blocks, 7.6 PER, 0.9 win shares.

106. Tony Smith


Tony Smith was born on June 14th, 1968. The 6'3" shooting guard, a native of Wauwatosa, WI, played four college seasons with the University of Marquette. As a senior, he averaged 39 minutes, 24 points, five rebounds and six assists. The Los Angeles Lakers chose him with their second round pick in 1990, with the 51st overall selection.

Smith appeared in 316 games over five seasons with the Lakers. He averaged six points with two rebounds and two helpers in 16 minutes per game. Released by the team before the 1995-96 campaign, he signed on with the Phoenix Suns as a free agent. After 34 games, they traded him to the Heat for Terrence Rencher on February 22nd.

Smith played in 25 games for the Heat. He shot 45.5% from the floor, averaging four points, three assists, and two rebounds. Three times he finished in double figures. On Feburary 23rd, he scored 16 points with four rebounds and seven assists in 34 minutes of a 113-104 win over the Chicago Bulls. It was his only start of the season. Later, he played 61 minutes over three postseason appearances, scoring 7.3 points and averaging 2.7 assists.

Smith later played with the Charlotte Hornets (69 games), the Milwaukee Bucks (seven games), and the Atlanta Hawks (six games). He also made pro appearances in Spanish, Italian, Dominican, and minor domestic leagues. He was most recently with the Phoenix Eclipse in 2002, an ABA franchise.

All-Time HEATline: One season, 25 games, 16.4 minutes, 4.4 points, 1.6 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.2 blocks, 11.6 PER, 0.9 win shares.

105. Ronny Turiaf


Ronny Turiaf was a 6'10" power forward from Le Robert, Martinique. Born on January 13th, 1983, the 250 pounder played four seasons with the University of Gonzaga Bulldogs, graduating in 2005. He averaged 16 points and 10 rebounds over 31 games his senior season. The Los Angeles Lakers picked him with their second round choice in the 2005 draft, with the 37th overall selection.

Turiaf spent three seasons with the Lakers (173 games), later joining the Golden State Warriors (121 games), the New York Knicks (64 games), and the Washington Wizards (four games). The Denver Nuggets waived him after acquiring him in a trade on March 15th.

On March 21st, the Heat signed Turiaf through the balance of the season. Over 13 regular season games, he scored three and a half points and grabbed four and a half boards in his 17 minutes per contest. His best showing of the season was on April 8th, as the Heat dispatched the Detroit Pistons 98-75. Turiaf scored eight points with nine rebounds an two blocks in 22 minutes. He made 12 postseason appearances for the eventual NBA Champions, scoring two points with three rebounds per contest.

Turiaf played 65 games with the Los Angeles Clippers in 2012-13, and recently signed on with the Minnesota TimberWolves.

All-Time HEATline: One season, 13 games, 17.0 minutes, 3.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 0.6 steals, 1.1 blocks, 11.1 PER, 0.9 win shares.

Make sure to check back tomorrow, as we go from five players a day down to four.

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