Miami Heat Player Countdown: #104-101

Mike Ehrmann

Join us for each chapter of this offseason's special feature at HHH, as we notch off all 199 players to have played with the Heat. Today, Cedric Ceballos, Ledell Eackles, Rashard Lewis, and Rex Walters.

104. Cedric Ceballos


Cedric Ceballos, a native Hawaiian from Maui, was born on August 2nd, 1969. A 6'6" small forward, he played two seasons of collegiate basketball with the University of California State at Fullerton. Over 58 contests, he averaged 22.1 points and 10.7 rebounds per game. After declaring for the draft after his sophomore season in 1990, the Phoenix Suns spent their second round pick on him, selecting him 48th overall.

Ceballos played four seasons in Phoenix (254 games), winning the NBA dunk contest with a blindfolded jam in 1992. He later represented the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1995 all-star game, and
played two and a half seasons for the team overall (144 games). Later, he rejoined the Suns (77 games) eventually playing for the Dallas Mavericks (94 games). He played for the Detroit Pistons to start the 2000-01 season, appearing in 13 games. On November 26th, they traded him to the Heat with a second round pick for a second round pick. Miami paid him $3,937,500 for his service.

Ceballos played 27 games off the bench for the Heat, playing almost 15 minutes a game and scoring around seven points with three rebounds per appearance. He finished in double figures six times, including three double-doubles. In seven games from March 12th to March 31st, he averaged 12.4 points on 48% shooting with 6.7 rebounds per appearance. On March 14th, in a 114-104 win over the Sacramento Kings, he scored a season high 21 points with 11 rebounds in 25 minutes. In three playoff games, he scored five points with six rebounds in 15 combined minutes.

Ceballos didn't again play in the NBA, playing in Israel and in Maylasia. He currently is part owner and sometimes
player with the ABA's Arizona Scorpions.

All-Time HEATline: One season, 27 games, 14.6 minutes, 6.9 points, 3.0 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.1 blocks, 16.1 PER, 1.0 win shares.

103. Leadell Eackles


Leadell Eackles, sometimes known as the "A-Train," is a 6'5" shooting guard from Baton Rouge, LA. After two collegiate seasons with the University of New Orleans, he declared early for the 1988 NBA Draft. His confidence paid off with a second round selection, 36th overall, by the Washington Bullets.

Eackles played four seasons with Washington, playing in 290 contests. During his first stop in DC, he averaged 12.7 points, 2.3 rebounds, and two assists in 21.5 minutes per contest. After spending 1992-93 in the Continental Basketball Association, the Bullets waived his NBA rights.

Before the 1994-95 season, the Heat signed Eackles to a $150,000 free agent contract. He started six games at shooting guard that season, appearing in 54 overall. He averaged seven points, two boards and a helper in just under 17 minutes per night. He scored in double figures 16 times for the Heat during the season. On November 12th, in a 109-99 loss to the Bullets, he scored a team high 22 on eight-of-nine shooting, hitting both of his three-point attempts. He seemed to save his best efforts for his former team. On March 5th, Miami beat the Bullets 103-90, as Eackles scored a team high 17 points with four rebounds and three assists.

Eackles rejoined the Bullets for 55 games in 1995-96. After spending the 1996-97 season in Israel, he rejoined Washington, now known as the Wizards, for a third time. He played 42 games with the team, his last NBA experience. He has two sons in Division I NCAA basketball.

All-Time HEATline: One season, 54 games, 16.6 minutes, 7.3 points, 1.8 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.0 blocks, 12.1 PER, 1.0 win shares.

102. Rashard Lewis


Rashard Lewis is a 6'10" power forward from Pineville, LA. Born on August 8th, 1979, he entered the 1998 NBA Draft without the benefit of college experience, coming straight out of Elsik High School in Alief, TX. The Seattle SuperSonics chose him in the second round, with the 32nd overall pick.

Lewis played nine seasons in Seattle, and ranks seventh on the Thunder/Sonics all-time leaderboard with 617 games played. He also ranks highly with 10,251 points (fifth), 3595 rebounds (seventh), 708 steals (eighth), and 362 blocks (ninth). He represented the Sonics in the 2005 all-star game. He later played three and a half seasons in Orlando (257 games) with a second all-star selection in 2009, and one and a half seasons with the Washington Wizards (60 games). The Wiz traded him to the New Orleans Hornets on June 20th, 2012, where he was waived just 10 days afterward.

Miami picked up Lewis as a free agent soon thereafter on July 11th for two years and $2,751,688. He started nine games at power forward, playing in 55 overall. He averaged 14.4 minutes and shot 41.4% from the floor, including 38.9% from long distance while racking up just over five points per game. He scored in double figures 13 times. On November 2nd, he came off the bench for 20 minutes against the New York Knicks, scoring 16 points (including four-of-six from three-point range) with six rebounds in a 104-84 loss. On April 6th, in a 106-87 win over the Philadelphia 76ers, he scored 14 points with seven rebounds and three assists in 26 minutes. He later made 11 postseason appearances in helping Miami to their second straight NBA title. He scored 17 points in a combined 47 minutes. He's signed through next season.

All-Time HEATline:
One season, 55 games, 14.4 minutes, 5.2 points, 2.2 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.3 blocks, 10.9 PER, 1.1 win shares.

101. Rex Walters


Rex Walters is a 6'4" Japanese-American from Omaha, NE. Born on March 12th, 1970, the left handed shooting guard started his college career with Northwestern University for two seasons. After transferring and sitting out for a season, he played two years with the Kansas Jayhawks, graduating with the Class of 1993. As a Jayhawk, he averaged 16 points, three rebounds, and four assists in 29 minutes per appearance. The New Jersey Nets selected him 16th overall in the 1993 draft.

Walters played two and a half seasons with New Jersey (139 games), later spending parts of three seasons with the Philadelphia 76ers (111 games). He signed on with the Heat as a free agent on January 27th, 1998 for $537,500. Through what left of the season, he played in 19 games, shooting at a 54% rate in just under six minutes per game. On January 19th, in a 101-89 Heat loss to the Atlanta Hawks, he scored nine points with four assists in 18 minutes. Although the Heat graduated to the playoffs, Walters did not make a postseason appearance.

1998-99 would see Walters appear 33 times for the Heat, including 13 starts at shooting guard. He played just over 15 minutes per game, shooting 37% from the field and pitching in with two points and two assists per appearance. On May 5th, in a 101-88 loss to the New York Knicks, he scored six points and dished out a season high nine assists in 46 minutes. Later, he made three postseason appearances, going scoreless with four assists in 13 minutes of floortime.

Halfway through the 1999-00 season, the Heat signed Walters for $1,100,000. He appeared in 33 games, playing just under a quarter per game and shooting 42% from the floor, along with a rebound and two assists per appearance. On December 16th, in a 96-95 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, he dished out a season high eight assists, scoring five points in 28 minutes. The season would mark the last NBA appearance for him.

Walters later went into coaching, first with Florida Atlantic University for two seasons (31-33), then later with the
University of San Francisco. He is going into his sixth season as the team's head coach, and currently carries a 76-80 coaching record with the team.

All-Time HEATline: Three seasons, 85 games, 11.8 minutes, 2.7 points, 1.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.2 steals, 0.0 blocks, 8.0 PER, 1.1 win shares.

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