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Miami Heat Player Countdown: #66-64

Welcome to your Sunday Edition of the all-time Heat player countdown. Today, we'll revisit the Heat careers of Michael Doleac, Eddie House, and Rex Chapman.

Grant Halverson

66. Michael Doleac

Michael Doleac, born June 15th, 1977, was a 6'11" center from San Antonio. After completing high school at Central Catholic High in Portland, OR early, he joined the University of Utah Utes for four seasons, scoring 16 points with seven rebounds per game as a senior. He graduated with the Class of 1998 at the age of 20. The Orlando Magic picked him in the first round of the draft that year, with the 12th overall pick.

Doleac started out his professional career by making the all-rookie second team. In three seasons with the Magic (207 games), he scored 6.6 points with 3.6 rebounds in 17 minutes per game. He followed that with stints in Cleveland, with the Cavaliers (42 games), the New York Knicks (121 games), and the Denver Nuggets (26 games). During the 2004 offseason, he signed a three year, $7,920,000 contract to play with Miami.

Doleac started at center for Miami in eight of his 80 appearances in 2004-05. He shot 44.7% from the floor, averaging four points and three rebounds in 15 minutes per game. He posted double figures four times. On January 23rd, he scored 13 points with five rebounds in a win over the New Orleans Hornets, 97-68. On February 5th, he scored a season high 16 points on eight-of-10 shooting in a 108-97 win over the Chicago Bulls. He also collected six rebounds and set a season high with four assists on the night. Miami nailed down the top seed, and dispatched the New Jersey Nets and the Washington Wizards with sweeps before dropping the ECF in seven games to the Detroit Pistons. Doleac wasn't much of a factor, scoring 16 points with 14 rebounds in 65 minutes over nine appearances.

2005-06 would see Doleac play in 31 games, starting three times at the center position. His field goal percentage dropped to 42% in 12 minutes per contest as his scoring average dropped to 3.2 points per game. He also collected 2.7 rebounds per appearance. He finished in double figures twice. On March 24th, in a 114-93 win against the Charlotte Bobcats, he scored 14 points with three assists and three rebounds in 17 minutes. In a 117-93 loss to the Chicago Bulls on April 16th, he put up 12 points with four rebounds and two blocked shots. Miami earned the second seed at 52-30. In the playoffs, they defeated the Bulls in six, the Nets in five, and the Pistons in six before winning the NBA finals, in six games over the Dallas Mavericks. For his part, Doleac scored 16 points with 22 rebounds in 72 minutes spread over eight appearances.

In 2006-07, Doleac appeared in 56 games off the bench, playing 12.5 minutes per game. He shot 46.9% from the field, and averaged 3.6 points with 2.8 rebounds per game. He scored 10 or more points five times, with a single double-double to his credit. On January 30th, in a 110-80 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks, he scored 11 points with 11 rebounds in 32 minutes. On March 21st, in a 91-83 win over the Atlanta Hawks, he sunk five-of-seven shots for 10 points, adding seven rebounds to the cause. Miami went 44-38, earning the fourth seed in the playoffs. Miami dropped four straight to the Bulls in the opening round. Doleac played 48 seconds in game four to close out his Miami career.

Just before 2007-08 got underway, the Heat sent Doleac with Wayne Simien, Antoine Walker, and a first round pick (Ty
Lawson) to the Minnesota TimberWolves for Mark Blount and Ricky Davis. He played 24 games for the Wolves that season, retiring afterwards. He became a graduate manager for the Ute's basketball team in 2009, and is pursuing his goal of becoming a doctor.

All-Time HEATline: Three seasons, 167 games, 13.4 minutes, 3.7 points, 3.0 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 0.3 steals, 0.3 blocks, 10.0 PER, 3.9 win shares.

65. Eddie House

Eddie House, a 6'1" guard from Berkeley, CA, was born on May 14th, 1978. An alum of Hayward High in the town of the same name, he played four seasons of collegiate basketball with the Sun Devils of Arizona State University. He started most of the time over his career, averaging 23 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 3.5 assists in 37 minutes as a senior. The Heat drafted him in the second round of the 2000 draft with the 37th pick overall.

As a rookie, House appeared in 50 games off the bench for the Heat at point guard, averaging 11 minutes per contest. He shot 42.1% overall, along with a 34.5% clip from outside. An average night for him consisted of five points and an assist. He scored in double digits 10 times. On November 18th, in an 86-80 Heat win over the Portland TrailBlazers, he scored 23 points on 10-of-16 shooting along with five rebounds and three assists. In the season finale on April 18th, a 103-91 win over the Orlando Magic, he scored 14 points with eight rebounds in 34 minutes. Miami's 50-32 record earned them a three seed in the postseason, where they were swept in three games by the Charlotte Hornets in the opening round. House played 64 minutes total, scoring 38 points with five assists overall.

In 2001-02, House played in 64 games overall, starting three at point guard. He averaged 39.9% shooting from the field, including 34.4% from long distance in 19.2 minutes per game. He scored eight points with two assists per night. He finished in double figures 22 times. On March 22nd, in a 104-94 loss to the Indiana Pacers, he scored 18 points on eight-of-12 shooting with three assists in 23 minutes. He scored a season high 28 points with five assists and four boards on April 12th, in a 99-94 win against the Orlando Magic. The Heat went 36-46 that season, missing the playoffs.

2002-03 would see House start in seven of his 55 appearances at shooting guard. He shot 38.7% from the field with a 30% success rate from outside in 18.6 minutes per game. He scored 7.5 points with 1.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game. He earned double digits just about a third of the time, on 19 occasions throughout the season. In a 111-84 Heat win over the Minnesota TimberWolves on March 28th, he scored 18 points on six-of-10 shooting with three assists. Three days later, in a 91-86 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, he scored 21 points on eight-for-15 shooting with five assists and two steals. The Heat went 25-57, missing the playoffs.

Eddie House Mix - Chase That Feeling (via DW8MVP)

House signed on with the Los Angeles Clippers as a free agent for the following season (60 games). He also played with the Charlotte Bobcats (13 games), the Milwaukee Bucks (five games), the Sacramento Kings (50 games), the Phoenix Suns (81 games), the New Jersey Nets (56 games), the Boston Celtics (209 games), and the New York Knicks (18 games). He signed a contract to return to Miami during the 2010 offseason, for $1,352,181.

2010-11 would see House start one of 56 games at shooting guard. He again shot at a 39.9% clip, knocking down three's at a 38.9% rate. He played 17.5 minutes per game, averaging 6.5 points with 1.6 rebounds and 1.1 assists. He finished with 10 or more points 17 times. On November 20th, in a 97-95 Heat loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, he scored 20 points with four helpers. On the 4th of February, he scored 16 points (including four-for-five from three-point distance) along with two steals in a 109-97 win over the Charlotte Bobcats. on April 15th, he led all scorers with 35 points, going 14-for-27 overall with seven three pointers in a 97-79 win over the Toronto Raptors. Miami's 58-24 record was good enough for a second seed in the postseason. The Heat ran through the first three rounds of the playoffs, dismissing the Philadelphia 76ers, the Boston Celtics, and the Chicago Bulls each in five games. They closed out the season by losing the finals to the Dallas Mavericks in six games. House appeared seven times, scoring 11 points with five rebounds and four steals in 48 combined minutes on the floor.

All-Time HEATline: Four seasons, 225 games, 16.8 minutes, 6.8 points, 1.5 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.0 blocks, 11.7 PER, 4.0 win shares.

64. Rex Chapman

Rex Chapman, sometimes also called "The Boy Wonder," is a 6'4" shooting guard from Bowling Green, KY. Born on October 5th, 1967, he made the 1986 McDonald's All American team while playing with Apollo High in Owensboro, KY. He played with the University of Kentucky Wildcats in college for two seasons, averaging 17.6 points with 2.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists through his college career. After he declared early for the 1988 draft, the Charlotte Hornets selected him in the first round with the eighth overall pick.

Chapman played four seasons with the Hornets (220 games), scoring 16.2 points with three rebounds and three assists in half an hour per game. He then played parts of four seasons with the Washington Bullets (166 games), averaging 15.6 points with two rebounds and 2.6 assists in 29 minutes per appearance. During 1995's offseason, the Bullets sent him along with Terrence Rencher to the Heat for Ed Stokes and Jeff Webster.

In 1995-96, Chapman started in 50 of his 56 appearances at shooting guard for Miami. He played 33.3 minutes per game, scoring 14 points with 2.6 rebounds and three assists. He finished in double figures 40 times. In a 102-85 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on January 27th, he scored 29 points, including seven three pointers, along with six assists. On February 1st, 1996, in a 124-104 win over the Philadelphia 76ers, he went eight-for-13 from the field, scoring 23 points with six assists. On Feburary 23rd, in a 113-104 win over the Chicago Bulls, he scored a season high 39 points, going 12-for-17 from the field and six-of-seven from three-point territory, along with two assists and three steals. Miami took the eighth seed with a 42-40 record. The Bulls eliminated the Heat in the opening round in three games straight. Chapman scored a combined 27 points with six rebounds and five assists during the series.

Rex Chapman (Career Highlights) (via Steve Cannon)

Later, Chapman signed with the Phoenix Suns for six seasons (224 games), averaging 12.4 points with two and a half rebounds and assists per game. He retired four seasons into his contract, on November 20th, 2000. Since his retirement, he worked as a scout with the Suns and with the Minnesota TimberWolves. He also served as the vice president of player personnel with the Denver Nuggets. He sometimes works as a a commentator, last with CBS and Turner Broadcasting during the 2013 NCAA Tournament.

All-Time HEATline: One season, 56 games, 33.3 minutes, 14.0 points, 2.6 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.2 blocks, 12.9 PER, 4.2 win shares.