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Miami Heat Player Countdown: 16. Bimbo Coles

Today, we take a look at point guard and resident spark-plug Bimbo Coles.

Bimbo Coles was a 6'1" point guard from Covington, VA. Born on April 22nd, 1968, he was the second round pick of the Sacramento Kings in 1990, 40th overall out of Virginia Tech. He played four seasons, averaging 25 points, four rebounds, and five assists through his last three. Soon after getting drafted, the Kings sent him to the Heat for Rory Sparrow.

Coles played in all 82 games as a rookie, starting nine times. He averaged 4.9 points on 41.2% shooting in 16.5 minutes per game, with 2.8 assists and 1.9 rebounds per game. The Heat went 24-58, as Coles scored 10 or more points 12 times. On December 15th, in a 114-100 loss to the Boston Celtics, he scored 15 points wtih nine assists, five rebounds, and four steals. He played 37 minutes on January 5th, scoring 15 points wtih eight assists and four rebounds, as the Heat lost to the Portland Trail Blazers, 132-108. On March 23rd, he posted his only double double of the season, scoring 11 points with 10 assists and three steals in a loss to the Atlanta Hawks, 108-93.

In 1991-92, Coles averaged 10.1 points, 4.5 assists (team second), and 2.3 rebounds in 24.4 minutes per game. He started in 28 of his 81 appearancees, sinking 45.5% of his shots. In a 134-115 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on January 15th, he scored 20 points with 12 assists, and three steals. He scored 14 points with 11 dimes and three steals on February 2nd in a win against the Charlotte Hornets, 118-100. In a 107-98 win over the Detroit Pistons, he scored a season high 22 points with seven assists. The Heat went 38-44, and earned their first ever playoff berth, an eighth seed and a first round matchup against the Chicago Bulls. Coles played 45 minutes over three games, hitting seven-of-10 shots with seven rebounds and six assists as Miami was eliminated in three straight.

1992-93 would see Coles start 37 times out of his 81 overall appearances. In 27.6 minutes per game, he scored 10.6 points with 4.6 assists (team second), two rebounds, and one steal (team fifth) per game, shooting 46.4% overall and 30.7% from three-point distance. He finished in double figures 45 times, with six double doubles. On November 7th, he scored a season high 25 points with eight assists and two steals in a win against the New Jersey Nets, 106-94. On November 25th, in a 110-93 win over the Indiana Pacers, he scored 22 points with 14 assists. He put 19 points on the board with 12 helpers on December 4th in a loss to the Celtics, 114-104. The team went 36-46, missing the playoffs.

Coles started four times in 1993-94, appearing 72 additional times off the bench. He averaged 7.7 points with 3.5 assists, 2.1 rebounds, and one steal in 22.7 minutes per game. He shot 44.9% overall on the season, scoring in double figures 28 times and helping the Heat to a 38-38 record while in the rotation. On November 17th, in a 115-111 loss to the Utah Jazz, he scored 19 points on seven-of-10 shooting with seven assists. In a 111-80 victory over the Celtics on December 11th, he scored 11 points with nine helpers and five steals. In a win over the Philadelphia 76ers on February 25th, he scored 11 points with eight assists and seven steals. Miami played their way into the playoffs, finishing up at 42-40. In the best-of-five, playoff opening series loss to the Hawks, Coles scored 13.8 points with 3.4 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 1.4 steal per game.

In 1994-95, Coles shot 43% from the field in 32.5 minutes per game. He started 65 out of his 68 appearances, scoring 10 points (team fifth) dishing out a career high and team leading 6.1 assists with 2.8 rebounds and a team leading 1.5 steals per game. Miami went 26-42 with Coles, and 6-8 without him on the floor. He posted seven double doubles with 31 games in double figures. On December 12th, in a 122-111 win against the New York Knicks, he scored 21 points with a career high 15 assists and five rebounds. He put up a season high 25 points on nine-of-12 shooting with seven assists, six rebounds, and three steals as the Heat defeated the Washington Bullets, 111-107 on February 8th. On March 7th, in a 110-104 win over the Los Angeles Lakers, he scored 23 points with nine assists and six boards.

Coles started in each of his 52 appearances for the Heat in 1995-96, playing 36.2 minutes per game. He shot 41.3% from the field and 36.6% from deep, with 5.7 assists, 3.9 rebounds, and 1.2 steals per game. Miami went 24-28 with him, as he finished in double figures 38 times. On December 1st, he scored a team leading 26 points (including four-of-five three pointers) with eight assists and six rebounds in a win over the Hornets 108-101. In Miami's next game, two days later, a 112-94 win against the Toronto Raptors, he scored 18 points with 10 assists. He scored 13 points with 12 rebounds in a 95-93 win over the Orlando Magic on Feburary 17th. Five days later, the Heat sent him with Kevin Willis to the Golden State Warriors for Chris Gatling and Tim Hardaway.

Coles spent parts of four seasons with Golden State (181 games). He then played with the Atlanta Hawks (80 games), the Cleveland Cavaliers (115 games), and the Boston Celtics (14 games). He rejoined the Heat for 22 games in 2003-04, and scored a total of 28 points with 15 assists and 10 rebounds.

All-Time HEATline: Seven seasons, 462 games, 25.0 minutes, 8.7 points, 2.3 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.2 blocks, 13.1 PER, 20.6 win shares.