Miami Heat Player Countdown: #88-85

The countdown continues today with original HEATsters John Shasky and Jon Sundvold, along with Keyon Dooling and two-time HEAT player Ricky Davis.

88. John Shasky


John Shasky, a 6'11" center from Birmingham, MI, was born on July 31st, 1964. A product of Brother Rice High in his hometown, he played four seasons of college ball with the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers. He started through his last three, averaging 14 points and seven rebounds through his last two seasons. After graduating wtih the Class of 1986, the Utah Jazz selected him in the third round, with the 61st overall pick. He was waived after training camp, and played his first two professional seasons between Cholet (France), Basket Brescia (Italy), and the Rapid City Thrillers (CBA).

The expansion version of our favorite team decided to give Shasky a chance, signing him to a $125,000 contract just before the start of training camp. He provided a big man off the bench to give fellow rookie Rony Seikaly a breather now and then, playing 65 games in total, including four starts. He played 14.5 minutes per appearance, averaging five and a half points on 48.8% shooting. He scored in double figures 10 times, including two double doubles. On March 10th, in a rare Miami victory (131-130 against the Denver Nuggets), he scored a season high 19 points with 10 rebounds and three assists in 45 minutes. On April 2nd, he scored 16 points on seven-of-eight shooting with 12 rebounds. The Heat waived him just before the 1989-90 season.

Shasky later played with the Golden State Warriors (14 games), the Dallas Mavericks (57 games), the Palacanstro Trapani (Italy), Iraklis Thessaloniki (Greece), Papagou Athens (Greece), Forum Filatelico (Spain), Apollon Patras (Greece), and Jovenhut Badalona (Spain).

All-Time HEATline: One season, 65 games, 14.5 minutes, 5.5 points, 3.6 rebounds, 0.3 assists, 0.2 steals, 0.2 blocks, 12.7 PER, 1.9 win shares.

87. Jon Sundvold


Jon Sundvold was a 6'2" guard from Sioux Falls, SD. Born on July 2nd, 1961, the Blue Springs High alum played his
collegiate ball with the University of Missouri Tigers. He put up his best numbers as a senior, scoring 17.1 points with 2.4 rebounds per game. After graduating following the 1982-83 season, the Seattle SuperSonics chose him in the first round with the 16th overall pick.

Sundvold played two seasons in Seattle (146 games), averaging six points and three assists in 16 minutes off the bench. He then joined the San Antonio Spurs for three seasons (198 games), scoring four points and 1.4 assists in nine points per contest. The Heat picked him up when the Spurs left him unprotected in the 1988 expansion draft.

Sundvold signed with Miami for three years and $918,000. As a member of the inaugural season's Heat, he led the NBA in three-point percentage, shooting at a 52.2% clip (48-for-92). He played in 68 games, averaging 19.7 minutes and starting six games at shooting guard. Overall, his shooting percentage was not as stellar, clocking in with a 45.5% mark. He averaged 10.4 points and two assists per game, finishing in double figures 34 times. On December 27th, in a 101-93 loss to the Houston Rockets, he hit 10-of-15 shots with six rebounds and a total of 25 points. The 10th of January would see him play 33 minutes and score a season high 28 points with four rebounds in a 92-88 loss to the Utah Jazz. On January 15th, he equalled his season-high with 28 points (including a five-for-six mark from long distance) with three dimes and three steals in a 118-117 win over the Indiana Pacers.

In 1989-90, Sundvold continued to light it up from outside, shooting three-pointers at a 44% rate (fourth in the NBA). He
played in 63 games, all but twice coming off the bench to average just short of 14 minutes per game. His points per game averaged dropped to 6.1. He scored 10 or more points on 18 occasions. On March 17th, he scored a season high 18 points, including a four-fo-six performance from three point range in 24 minutes of a 111-98 loss to the San Antonio Spurs.

1990-91 would see Sundvold's role shrink to 24 appearances, all off the bench. He played 9.4 minutes per game and averaged under five points with one assist per appearance. He scored 13 on three occasions, comprising of all his double figure efforts. He played in just three games the following season, scoring three points on (what else) a three-pointer in a 111-89 win over the New Jersey Nets. The shot would leave him a perfect one-for-one that season. He closed out his NBA career with brief appearance in Miami's first ever playoff game, a 113-94 loss to the Chicago Bulls. He went scoreless, missing his only shot and finishing with one foul.

Sundvold didn't appear in the NBA again after that, using his finance degree to open Sundvold Capital Management. He also sometimes works with ESPN, CBS, and with the Missouri Sports Network as a color analyst.

All-Time HEATline: Four seasons, 158 games, 15.4 minutes, 7.6 points, 1.1 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.0 blocks, 12.0 PER, 2.0 win shares.

86. Keyon Dooling


Keyon Dooling, born on May 8th, 1980, was a 6'3" guard from Ft. Lauderdale, FL. A product of Dillard High School, he played two seasons with the University of Missouri. As a sophomore, he scored 15.3 oints, 2.7 rebounds and 3.6 assists, and decided to declare himself eligible for the 2000 NBA draft. His confidence was rewarded with a first round pick by the Orlando Magic, 10th overall.

After a trade, Dooling played his first four NBA seasons for the Los Angeles Clippers. In 203 games, he averaged six points and two assists in 17 minutes per contest. After his contract expired, he decided to test the free agent market, eventually latching on with Miami for one year at $745,046.

Dooling appeared in 74 games for Miami that year, all off the bench. He played 16 minutes per game, shooting 40.3% from the floor and scoring around five points with two assists on average. On November 11th, he scored 14 points with four assists and three steals in 23 minutes of a 113-93 loss to the Dallas Mavericks. In the season finale, on April 20th, (a 98-93 win over the Orlando Magic), he scored a season high 19 points on seven-of-nine shooting. He also pitched in with five assists in 31 minutes of floor time. Of his 15 playoff appearances, he scored in double figures six times, averaging 18 minutes per game.

Dooling later played with the Orlando Magic (188 games), the New Jersey Nets (130 games), the Milwaukee Bucks (80 games), and the Boston Celtics (46 games). Last season, he played seven games with the Memphis Grizzlies. He is still signed with the club.

All-Time HEATline: One season, 74 games, 16.0 minutes, 5.2 points, 1.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.1 blocks, 10.6 PER, 2.1 win shares.

85. Ricky Davis

Ricky Davis, a 6'6" shooting guard / small forward from Las Vegas, NV, was born on September 23rd, 1979. After attending North High School in Davenport, IA, he played in college with the University of Iowa. He only played one season, scoring 15 points, four rebounds, and two and a half assists per game over 31 appearances. The Charlotte Hornets picked him in the first round of the 1998 draft, with the 21st overall pick.

Davis played for two seasons wtih the Hornets (94 games). During the 2000 offseason, the Hornets traded him with Dale Ellis, Eddie Jones, and Anthony Mason to the Heat for PJ Brown, Rodney Buford, Tim James, Jamal Mashburn, and Otis Thorpe. He injured his ankle early on, and didn't play a game until March. He finished the season after having scored just 32 points over seven games. The Heat traded him away just before the 2001-02 season started, sending him to the Cleveland Cavaliers in a three-team trade also involving the Toronto Raptors. The Heat gained Chris Gatling in the deal.

Davis played with the in parts of three seasons for the Cavs (183 games), later appearing with the Boston Celtics (181 games) and the Minnesota TimberWolves (117 games). Minnesota traded him back to the Heat with Mark Blount for Michael Doleac, Wayne Simien, Antoine Walker and an eventual first round draft pick.

The Heat paid Davis $6,819,000 for one season of service. He appeared in all 82 games for Miami, starting 47 at small forward. He averaged 13 points in 36 minutes per game, shooting 43.3% from the field and 40.5% from deep. He also grabbed 4.3 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.1 steals per game. He scored in double figures 60 times that season, with four double doubles. He was Miami's second leading scorer and rebounder, and third in assists. March 18th would see him score 14 points with a season high 10 assists in a 112-106 win against the Milwaukee Bucks. On April 4th, in a 109-95 loss to the Washington Wizards, Davis shot a staggering nine-for-12 from three-point range, scoring a season high 33 points with eight assists. He signed on with the Los Angeles Clippers as a free agent prior to the following season.

Davis played two seasons with the Clippers (74 games), later appearing with Turk Telekom (Turkey), the Jiangsu Dragons (China), Chorale Roanne (France), the Maine Red-Claws (NBA D-League), and the Piratas de Quebradillas (Puerto Rico).

All-Time HEATline: Two seasons, 89 games, 34.1 minutes, 13.1 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.2 blocks, 12.2 PER, 2.1 win shares.

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