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Miami Heat Player Countdown: 11. Brian Grant

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Power forward and center, Brian Grant.

Brian Grant, a product of Georgetown High in his hometown of Georgetown, OH, was a 6'9" power forward and center. Born on March 5th, 1972, he played in college with the Xavier Musketeers. He averaged 18 points with 10 rebounds in his last two seasons, graduating with the Class of 1994. The Sacramento Kings selected him in the first round of the draft that year, with the eighth overall pick.

Grant played three seasons for the Kings, playing 182 games and averaging 13.4 points with 7.1 rebounds, 1.4 dimes, and 1.3 rejections per contest. He followed this up with three seasons playing for the Portland TrailBlazers, scoring 10.2 points with eight rebounds and 1.3 assists over 172 contests. Before the 2000-01 season, he was involved in a three-team trade which landed him in Miami, costing the Heat Chris Gatling, Clarence Weatherspoon, and a draft pick (Brendan Haywood).

In Grant's first season with the Heat, he set career highs with 82 games, 15.2 points, and 33.8 minutes per contest. He started 79 times, mostly at center, and averaged 8.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists, shooting 47.9% from the field. Miami went 50-32 that season, and saw Grant put up 31 double doubles and finish in double figures 71 times. On November 3rd, he scored a season high 33 points with 16 rebounds in a loss to the Charlotte Hornets, 83-79. Two games later, on November 8th, he hit 13-of-21 from the floor, scoring 30 points with 21 rebounds as the Heat defeated the Seattle SuperSonics, 87-81. On February 27th, he scored 26 points with seven rebounds and six blocks in a 103-95 win over the Washington Wizards. Despite a third overall seed, the Heat lost three straight games in the first round to the Hornets. Grant totaled 30 points with 24 rebounds and five blocks.

2001-02 would see Grant start in each of his 72 appearances on the floor, mostly at power forward. He played 31.3 minutes and scored 9.3 points with eight rebounds and 1.9 helpers per game, shooting 46.9% overall. The Heat went 35-37 with "The General" in the rotation, as he racked 34 games with 10 or more points and 17 double doubles. On February 15th, in a 90-88 win against the Milwaukee Bucks, he scored 21 points with 13 rebounds. He scored 16 points with 15 boards on March 5th as the Heat defeated the Detroit Pistons, 93-91. On March 29th, in a 92-80 win against the Atlanta Hawks, he shot seven-for-eight field goals for 15 points, pitching in with 13 rebounds and five steals. Miami finished 36-46 on the season, missing the playoffs.

In 2002-03, Grant would start 82 times at center, and score 11.5 points per game on 50.9% shooting. He also pitched in with a career high 11.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game. He finished in double figures 43 times, and put up 31 double doubles as the Heat posted a 25-57 record. In a 74-72 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on December 23rd, he went six-of-eight from the field, scoring 19 points with 17 rebounds. In a 102-101, two overtime win against the Chicago Bulls on January 18th, he scored 14 points with a season high 20 rebounds. In a 91-82 loss to the Hornets on February 26th, he scored 24 points with 15 rebounds.

Grant started in each of his 76 games in 2003-04, averaging 30.3 minutes and scoring 8.7 points on 47.1% shooting with 6.9 rebounds per game. He managed 10 double doubles and finished in double figures 28 times. Miami went 40-36 while playing him in the lineup. On December 14th, as the Heat defeated the Toronto Raptors, 90-89, he scored 19 points with 13 rebounds and four helpers. Miami got back into the postseason by going 42-40. After eliminating the Pacers in six games, they were defeated by the Hornets in seven. Grant started in all 13 contests, playing just over a half hour per game and averaging seven points and nine rebounds.

After the 2004 postseason, the Heat traded Grant with Caron Butler, Lamar Odom, and two draft picks (Jordan Farmar and Renaldas Seibutis) to the Los Angeles Lakers for Shaquille O'Neal. After 69 games with the Lakers, he played for the Phoenix Suns in 2005-06 (21 games) to close out his NBA career. Grant was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in November 2008. He spends his time running the Brian Grant Foundation - an organization dedicated to the education and awareness of the disease.

All-Time HEATline: Four seasons, 312 games, 32.0 minutes, 11.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.6 blocks, 14.5 PER, 26.7 win shares.