Miami Heat Player Countdown: #63-61

Good morning, and welcome to your Monday edition of the all-time Heat countdown. In today's release, we go over Kurt Thomas, Shawn Marion, and Harold Miner.

63. Kurt Thomas

Kurt Thomas, a 6'9" power forward from Dallas, TX, was born on October 4th, 1972. After playing at the prep level with Hillcrest High in his hometown, he played four seasons of collegiate basketball for the Texas Christian University Horned Frogs. As a senior in 1994-95, he earned AP All-American Third Team honors when he averaged 28.9 points and 14.6 rebounds per appearance. Miami made him their first round selection in that season's draft, with the the 8th pick overall. He signed for two years and $2,309,000.

As a rookie in 1995-96, Thomas played in 74 games overall, starting 42 at power forward. He played 22.4 minutes per game while scoring nine points with six rebounds per appearance. He posted eight double doubles, finishing in double figures on 28 occasions. On December 10th, in a 110-90 loss to the Sacramento Kings, he notched season and game highs with 29 points and with 15 rebounds. On December 30th, he sunk seven-of-12 shots, scoring 22 points with seven rebounds in a win against the Los Angeles Clippers, 105-96. In a 125-118 win over the Dallas Mavericks on March 12th, he scored 22 points on nine-of-10 shooting with 10 boards in 25 minutes. Miami's 42-40 record netted them an eighth seed and a first round butt-whooping appointment against the Chicago Bulls. Thomas played a combined 60 minutes, scoring 12 points with 16 rebounds as the Heat lost three straight decisions.

1996-97 would see Thomas limited to just 18 games by injury, with nine starts at power forward. He played 21 minutes per appearance, and scored six and a half points with six rebounds on an average night. He had one double double with four games finished in double figures. On November 9th, in a 91-84 victory over the Dallas Mavericks, he scored 18 points with 14 boards. On December 23rd, he scored 15 points with nine rebounds in 39 minutes of a 90-79 win over the San Antonio Spurs. He didn't play again after January 8th. On Valentine's Day, the Heat traded him with Sasha Danilovic and Martin Muursepp to the Dallas Mavericks for Jamal Mashburn. Miami went 61-21, good for the second seed in the Eastern Conference. After defeatingthe Orlando Magic three games to two and the New York Knicks in seven, the Chicago Bulls showed Miami the door, four games to one in the Eastern Conference Finals.

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Thomas played five games with the Mavericks the following season. He went on to play with the New York Knicks (530 games) for seven seasons. He also played for the Phoenix Suns (120 games), the Seattle SuperSonics (42 games), the San Antonio Spurs (107 games), the Milwaukee Bucks (70 games), the Chicago Bulls (52 games), and the Portland TrailBlazers (53 games) before rejoining the Knicks in 2012-13 (39 games). He is currently unsigned.

All-Time HEATline: Two seasons, 92 games, 22.1 minutes, 8.5 points, 5.9 rebounds, 0.6 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.5 blocks, 12.6 PER, 4.3 win shares.

62. Shawn Marion


Shawn Marion, born on May 7th, 1978, is a 6'7" forward from Waukegan, IL. After starring for Clarksville High (in Clarksville, TN), he joined the Runnin' Rebels at the University of Nevada/Las Vegas. He played one season in college, scoring 18.7 points with 9.3 rebounds per game. The Phoenix Suns picked him in the first round of the 1999 draft, ninth overall.

Marion played eight and a half seasons in Phoenix (660 games), ranking sixth on the all-time leaderboard in games played. He also ranks second with 6,616 rebounds, 14th with 1,332 assists, second with 1,245 steals, third with 894 blocks, and fourth with 12,134 points scored. He also represented the Suns in the All-Star game four times while in Phoenix. On February 6th, 2008, the Suns traded him with Marcus Banks to Miami for Shaquille O'Neal.

Marion arrived in Miami in the fifth year of a six year, $86,310,000 contract. In finishing out the season with Miami, he
played in 16 games, starting 15 of them at power forward. He finished in double figures 12 times, with nine double-doubles. On February 12th, in a 114-113 loss to the Denver Nuggets, he scored 23 points with 18 rebounds, playing in 48 of 53 minutes. On February 26th, he went 10-for-14 from the floor, scoring 24 points with eight rebounds in a 107-86 win against the Sacramento Kings. On March 10th, he scored 17 points with 17 rebounds as the Heat lost to the Los Angeles Clippers, 99-98. Miami was a special kind of bad, going 15-67 on the season.

Shawn Marion (via Legetto129)

2008-09 would see Marion spend the first half of the season with Miami, appearing in 42 games (all but once as a starter). He played three quarters a night, scoring 12 points per night, grabbing nine rebounds with two assists. He finished in double figures 30 times, with a dozen double-doubles. On November 22nd, as Miami defeated the Indiana Pacers, 109-100, he scored 18 points with nine rebounds, six steals, and four assists. He scored 21 points with 15 rebounds in a 130-129 win over the Golden State Warriors on December 1st. On January 7th, in a 108-97 loss to the Denver Nuggets, he scored 25 points with 13 rebounds. On February 13th, Miami sent him to the Toronto Raptors with Marcus Banks for Jamario Moon, Jermaine O'Neal, and two draft picks (Da'Sean Butler and Jonas Valanciunas).

Marion played 27 games with the Raptors. He signed with the Dallas Mavericks before the 2009-10 season, and has played the last four seasons with the team (285 games). He is under contract next season for $9,316,796.

All-Time HEATline: Two seasons, 58 games, 36.5 minutes, 12.7 points, 9.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.5 steals, 1.0 blocks, 16.1 PER, 4.5 win shares.

61. Harold Miner

Harold Miner, a 6'5" guard from Inglewood, CA, was born on May 5th, 1971. Known as "Baby Jordan" from early on in his career, he played his prep ball at Inglewood High. He later played for the Trojans at the University of Southern California for three seasons, averaging 23.5 points, 5.4 rebounds, and almost two assists per appearance. He declared himself eligible for the 1992 draft, where the Heat picked him in the first round, 12th overall.

As a rookie, Miner appeared in 73 games at shooting guard for the Heat. He averaged 18.9 minutes per game, scoring 10.3 points with two rebounds and an assist on an average night. He shot 47.5% from the floor. He posted double figures just over half the time, accomplishing the feat on 37 occasions. On January 5th, he scored 19 points on seven-of-10 shooting in 21 minutes of an 89-83 win over the Detroit Pistons. On January 12th, in a 125-122 loss to the Utah Jazz (2OT), he scored 27 points by going nine-for-14 from the field tacking on three rebounds and four helpers on the night. He also won the NBA's Slam Dunk contest, defeating Clarence Weatherspoon and Cedric Ceballos. Miami missed the playoffs with a 36-46 record.

In 1993-94, Miner averaged 10.5 points with 2.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 21.6 minutes per game, shooting 47.7% from the floor. He broke double digits 33 times out of his 63 appearances, including 31 starts at shooting guard. On November 20th, in a 104-102 loss to the Washington Bullets, he scored 24 points on nine-for-11 shooting, collecting five rebounds in the losing effort. On December 11th, he scored 28 points on a 10-for-16 night as the Heat destroyed the Boston Celtics, 111-80. Later on, he notched his first career double double against the Celtics, scoring 16 points with 10 rebounds on March 13th as the Heat took a 106-87 decision. Miami squeaked back into the playoffs with another eighth seed, at 42-40, but were eliminated by the Atlanta Hawks, three games to two in the opening round. Miner played in four of the five contests, scoring a combined 32 points with five rebounds and eight assists in 57 total minutes.

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In 1994-95, Miner displayed less of what had made him a fan favorite in Miami, although he did become just the third NBA player to have won the Slam Dunk Contest a second time (along with Dominique Wilkins and Michael Jordan). He started 16 games at point guard for the Heat out of 45 total appearances. His shooting percentage dropped down to 40.3% in 19.4 minutes a game. His scoring average dropped correspondingly, to 7.3 points per game. He still finished in double figures 14 times over the course of the season. On November 15th, in a 115-102 win over the Dallas Mavericks, he scored 23 points in 34 minutes. He scored 19 points on eight-of-13 shooting along with eight rebounds on January 11th, in a loss to the Houston Rockets, 108-97. On April 4th, in 32 minutes, he scored 18 points with three rebounds as the Heat took a close decision over the Philadelphia 76ers, 95-92. Miami's 32-50 record had the team miss the playoffs by five games.

During the following offseason, the Heat traded Miner, along with a draft pick (Donny Marshall) to the Cleveland Cavaliers for a draft pick (George Banks). Miner appeared 19 times for the Cavs off the bench, scoring a total of 61 points with 12 rebounds and eight assists. After getting released by Cleveland midway through the season, he announced his retirement from professional basketball. Having invested his money wisely, he has been able to pass his time as a stay at home dad.

All-Time HEATline: Three seasons, 181 games, 20.0 minutes, 9.6 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.1 blocks, 12.6 PER, 4.5 win shares.

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