28. Sherman Douglas
Sherman Douglas was a 6' point guard from Washington, D.C., where he attended Spingarn High School. Born on September 15th, 1966, "The General," as he was sometimes called, joined the University of Syracuse Orangemen for four seasons of college basketball beginning in 1985-86. After being used sparingly as a rookie (11.5 minutes per game), he started for the next three seasons, averaging 17 points, 2.5 rebounds, and eight assists per contest. He was a two-time NCAA AP All-American selection, making the first team as a senior. After graduating with the Class of 1989, the Heat selected him in the second round of the NBA Draft, with the 28th overall pick.
As a rookie with the second year Heat, Douglas appeared in 81 games, starting 66 times at point guard. He played 30.5 minutes and scored 14.3 points (team second) with a team leading 7.6 assists, 2.5 rebounds, and a team best 1.8 steals per game, shooting 49.4%. He made the NBA's All-Rookie first team. He scored 10 or more points in 62 games (76.5% of the time) and racked up 18 double doubles. On December 8th, in Miami's fifth win of the season, a 122-114 overtime win over the Orlando Magic, he scored 31 points on 13-of-23 shooting with nine assists, seven rebounds, and six steals in 43 minutes. He scored 13 points with a season high 17 assists on February 26th, as the Heat lost to the Atlanta Hawks, 123-114. On March 14th, he scored 33 points on 14-of-26 shooting with nine assists and four rebounds in a victory, 113-108 over the Los Angeles Clippers. He scored a season high 37 points, going 15-for-21 on April 12th, pitching in with 14 assists and four rebounds in a 139-118 loss to the Boston Celtics. Miami finished the season with an 18-64 mark, three games better than they had in their inaugural season.
In 1990-91, Douglas started in each of his 73 appearances at point guard. He shot 50.4% from the field in 35.1 minutes per game, with a Heat best 18.5 points and 8.5 assists (NBA ninth), 2.9 rebounds, and a team leading 1.7 steals. He had 61 games where he scored in double digits, with 26 double doubles. On December 27th, he scored a season high 42 points with eight assists, five rebounds, and two steals in a victory over the Denver Nuggets, 124-114. He scored 24 points with 15 assists, five rebounds and two steals in a 104-102 win over the Magic on January 15th. On March 10th, he scored 28 points with 13 assists, three rebounds and two steals as the Heat defeated the New Jersey Nets, 101-88. Miami improved by six more games, to 24-58, but still fell well short of the postseason.
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Douglas started at point guard in two of his five appearances with the Heat in 1991-92. He played 19.6 minutes per game and scored a total of 37 points with 19 assists. Miami traded him to the Celtics for Brian Shaw on January 20th. After parts of five seasons with Boston (269 games), he joined the Milwaukee Bucks (148 games), the Nets (80 games), and the Clippers (30 games) before rejoining the Nets for two seasons (79 games) to close out his career in 2000-01.
All-Time HEATline: Three seasons, 159 games, 32.3 minutes, 16.0 points, 2.6 rebounds, 7.9 assists, 1.7 steals, 0.1 blocks, 17.4 PER, 9.9 win shares.
27. Damon Jones
Damon Jones was a 6'3" point guard from Ball High School in Galveston, TX, his hometown. Born on August 25th, 1976, he played three season of collegiate hoops with the University of Houston Cougars, averaging 16.4 points with 4.4 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game as a senior in 1996-97. After going undrafted, he played with the Black Hills Posse (IBA), the Jacksonville Barracudas (USBL), and the Idaho Stampede (CBA). He signed a free agent contract with the Orlando Magic on January 21st, 1999, but was waived before appearing in a game. Later that season, he signed on with the New Jersey Nets (11 games) before finishing the season with the Boston Celtics (13 games). He later played with the Golden State Warriors (13 games), the Dallas Mavericks (42 games), the Vancouver Grizzlies (71 games), the Detroit Pistons (67 games), the Sacramento Kings (49 games), and the Milwaukee Bucks (82 games).
Jones signed a one-year, $2,503,000 contract with the Heat during the 2004 offseason. According to the PER metric, he played his best basketball in his one season with Miami, starting 66 times at the point and playing in every game for an average of 31.4 minutes. He shot 45.6% from the field and an excellent 43.2% success rate from three-point range (NBA fifth), scoring 11.6 points (team fourth) with 4.3 assists (team second) and 2.8 rebounds per game. He tabulated 10 or more points on 48 occasions through the seasons. On December 13th, he scored 12 points with nine assists and six rebounds in a win over the Washington Wizards, 106-83. He sunk six-of-eight three point attempts on February 11th in a 97-87 win over the Charlotte Bobcats, scoring 22 points with eight assists and four rebounds. On February 16th, in a 113-95 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers, he scored 31 points, drilling eight-of-10 three point tries and adding five assists and three rebounds. He shot 10-for-13 from the field, including five perfect shots from long distance on March 31st in a 114-108 loss to the Indiana Pacers, racking up 27 points with five rebounds and four assists. Miami won the division title and the top overall seed in the Eastern Conference with a 59-23 record. After sweeping the New Jersey Nets and the Washington Wizards in four games a piece to open the postseason, the Heat were eliminated in seven games by the Detroit Pistons. Jones opened the playoffs by going 10-for-12 from the field, including seven three pointers along with four assists in a 116-98 win over the Nets. He scored 12 points with four assists and 2.7 rebounds, appearing in all 15 games.
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Jones signed on with the Cleveland Cavaliers after the season, and appeared in 209 regular season contests before closing out his career with the Milwaukee Bucks (18 games) in 2008-09.
All-Time HEATline: One season, 82 games, 31.4 minutes, 11.6 points, 2.8 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.1 blocks, 15.4 PER, 10.4 win shares.