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Miami Heat Player Countdown: #72-70

As we move on through the countdown, today we start reviewing three players per day. Buckle in for a recap of the Heat legacies of LaPhonso Ellis, Anthony Carter, and Khalid Reeves.

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72. LaPhonso Ellis

LaPhonso Ellis was a 6'8" power forward from East St. Louis, IL. Born on May 5th, 1970, he graduated from Lincoln High in his hometown in 1988 with McDonald's All-American Honors. He then played with the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame, starting for four seasons. Overall, he averaged 15.5 points, and 11.1 rebounds per game while with the team. He led Notre Dame in blocked shots in each of his four seasons, the only player in school history to do so. The Denver Nuggets selected him in the first round of the 1992 draft, with the fifth overall pick.

Ellis played six seasons with the Nuggets (343 games), shooting 46% from the field and scoring 15.2 points and 7.9 rebounds per game. He also made the NBA's All-Rookie First Team. He then played two seasons with the Atlanta Hawks (78 games) and one with the Minnesota TimberWolves (82 games). During the 2001 offseason, he signed a two year contract to play for the Heat, for $6,100,000.

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2001-02 would see Ellis play in 66 games for the Heat, starting 14 at small forward. He played an average of 25.5 minutes per game, scoring seven points on 41.8% shooting with four and a half rebounds per appearance. He posted 15 games with 10 or more points. On the 20th of November, he hit seven of his 11 shots in 37 minutes, scoring 17 points with three rebounds in an 80-73 win against the TimberWolves. He scored a season high 24 points 10 days later, sinking nine of his 12 field goal attempts with seven rebounds in a 84-75 Heat loss to the Washington Wizards. The Heat went 36-46, missing the playoffs by six games.

Ellis played in 55 games, starting three at power forward in 2002-03, his last NBA season. His field goal percentage dropped to .382, and he averaged five points and three rebounds per game. He scored over nine points 13 times over the course of the season. On November 30th, he played 28 minutes off the bench in an 85-79 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, scoring 13 points with seven rebounds. On February 3rd, he scored a season high 15 points in 18 minutes as the Heat beat the Hawks, 99-79. For the second season in a row, the Heat missed the playoffs, posting a 25-57 record.

Ellis began his broadcasting career with ESPN as a college basketball analyst in 2009.

All-Time HEATline: Two seasons, 121 games, 20.4 minutes, 6.2 points, 3.7 rebounds, 0.6 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.4 blocks, 9.7 PER, 3.3 win shares.

71. Anthony Carter

Anthony Carter is a 6'1" point guard from Milwaukee, WI. Born June 16th, 1975, he played one season of high school ball at Alonza Crim High School in Atlanta, GA, dropping out to play street ball. He was devoid of positive guidance within his family, as his mother was addicted to drugs and all seven of his uncles served time in prison. His skills, however, were enough to earn notice throughout the community. He was encouraged to earn a GED, and afterward attended the University of Hawaii on scholarship. He played two seasons with the Rainbows, averaging 18.4 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 6.9 assists per game.

After going unselected in the draft of 1998, Carter signed on for a season of professional basketball with the CBA's Yakima Sun Kings. The Heat signed him before the 1999-00 season to a four-year contract with an option for a fifth. His four year salary was $8,101,250.

As a rookie, Carter played 79 games, starting 30 for the Heat at point guard. He shot 39.5% from the floor in 23.5 minutes per appearance, scoring 6.3 points 2.5 rebounds, 4.8 assists, and 1.2 steals per game (leading the Heat with 93 steals total). He finished in double digits 18 times, and dished out 10 or more assists five times, totaling five double-doubles. On December 6th, in a 99-91 Heat win over the Los Angeles Clippers, he hit nine-of-13 shots, scoring 20 points with three rebounds and five assists. In a 109-106 victory against the Orlando Magic on December 29th, He scored 21 points with three rebounds and nine assists in 33 minutes. On January 2nd, he scored 13 points with 10 assists and three rebounds in a 111-103 win over the Orlando Magic. On April 18th, he sunk eight-of-11 shots in 29 minutes, scoring 17 points with four rebounds and six assists in a 97-73 win over the Toronto Raptors. After winning the Atlantic Division Title with a 52-30 record, the Heat defeated the Detroit Pistons, 3-0 in the first round. Carter scored 10 points and dished out 13 helpers in game two, an 84-82 victory. The Heat then fell to the New York Knicks in seven games.

Carter started in six of his 72 appearances in 2000-01. He shot 40.6% from the field, averaging six and a half points, two and a half rebounds, and three and a half assists in 22.6 minutes per appearance. He scored 10 or more points on 16 occasions. On February 21st, he scored 19 points on nine-of-14 shooting with six assists in a Heat loss to the Phoenix Suns, 100-85. On April 13th, he went eight-for-11 from the field, scoring 17 points with six assists in 32 minutes of a 94-82 defeat at the hands of the Raptors. Miami earned the third seed in the playoffs with a 50-32 record, but bowed out quickly in three games to the sixth seeded Charlotte Hornets.

In 2001-02, Carter averaged 23 points per game, starting 18 of his 46 appearances. He shot 34.2%, scoring four and a half points with four and a half assists and two and a half rebounds. He had eight games where he scored in double figures, and made 10 or more assists five times. On November 8th, in an 86-82 Heat loss to the Bucks, he scored 11 points with 11 assists, three rebounds and three steals. In a 103-89 Heat win against the Orlando Magic in the season finale on April 17th, he scored 10 points with 10 assists, four rebounds and three steals. Miami finished the season at 36-46, missing the playoffs.

2002-03 would be Carter's last season with the Heat, although his option was technically exercised. In 49 games, he started 26 at point guard, averaging 18.6 minutes per game. He shot 35.6%, scoring four points wtih four assists and one and a half rebounds. On March 25th, he dished out 15 assists in a 108-91 loss to the Minnesota TimberWolves. Three days later, in a rematch, the Heat won 111-84 as Carter scored 10 points with 11 dimes in 35 minutes. Miami finished at 25-57, again missing out on the postseason.

Due to an error on the part of his agent, Carter's extension with the Heat was not exercised and he then signed with the San Antonio Spurs for far less money. The agent was fired, and Carter only played five games with the Spurs. He later went on to play with the TimberWolves (111 games), the Denver Nuggets (218 games), the New York Knicks (19 games) and the Toronto Raptors (24 games).

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All-Time HEATline: Four seasons, 246 games, 22.2 minutes, 5.5 points, 2.4 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.1 blocks, 10.6 PER, 3.4 win shares.

70 Khalid Reeves

Khalid Reeves was a 6'3" point guard when selected in the first round of the 1994 NBA Draft by the Miami Heat. Born on July 15th, 1972 in Queens, NY, he played high school ball in Christ the King High, a school in Middle Village, NY. He was selected to the McDonald's All American squad in 1990. In college, he played four seasons for Lute Olsen with the University of Arizona Wildcats. As a senior, he averaged 24.2 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 2.9 assists, making the AP All-American second team. 

Reeves signed for $1,300,000 as a rookie in 1994-95, playing 67 games for the Heat and starting 17 at point guard. He shot 44.3% from the field, including 39.2% from three-point distance in 21.8 minutes per game. He averaged nine points, three rebounds, four and a half assists, and just over a steal per appearance. He notched three double-doubles, scoring in double figures 26 times and racking up over nine assists five times. He was decent all season, but saved his best performances for the last few weeks of the year. On March 28th, he scored 24 points on 9-of-17 shooting, including three from outside, along with 10 assists and five rebounds in a 126-115 loss to the Boston Celtics. On April 11th, he scored 24 points with nine assists in a 112-99 loss to the New York Knicks. In a 123-117 win over the Orlando Magic on April 15th, he scored 20 points with 14 assists, most of them to Glen Rice, who dropped 56 that night. On April 21st, he scored a season high 32 points, going four-for-seven from three-point distance along with three boards and four dimes in a 113-106 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. Miami finished at 32-50 on the campaign, missing the playoffs.

Before suiting up for the 1995-96 regular season, the Heat traded Carter with Matt Geiger, Glen Rice, and a first round pick (Tony Delk) to the Charlotte Hornets for LeRon Ellis, Alonzo Mourning, and Pete Myers. After 20 games with the Hornets, he later played with the New Jersey Nets (81 games), the Dallas Mavericks (95 games), the Detroit Pistons (11 games), and the Chicago Bulls (three games). He also plaed with Aris (Greece), Pau-orthez (France), the Grand Rapids Hoops (CBA), the Phoenix Eclipse (ABA), the Florida Sea Dragons (USBL), Cafe Najiar (Lebanon), and Panteras de Miranda (Venezuela).

All-Time HEATline: One season, 67 games, 21.8 minutes, 9.2 points, 2.8 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.1 blocks, 16.9 PER, 3.5 win shares.