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Miami Heat Player Countdown: #51-49

Today, we pay homage to three more players in the all-time Heat history pantheon. Say hello to Bruce Bowen, Chris Quinn, and Carlos Arroyo.

Grant Halverson

51. Bruce Bowen

Bruce Bowen, a 6'7" small forward from Merced, CA, was born on June 14, 1971. An alum of Edison High in Fresno, he played for the University of California State in Fullerton in college. He played four seasons in total, starting through the last three and scoring 16.3 points with 6.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game as a senior in 1992-93. After going undrafted, he ended up playing with Le Havre (France), Evreux (France), the Fort Wayne Fury (CBA), the Rockford Lightning (CBA), and Besancon (France).

Bowen signed a 10-day contract with the Heat on March 15th, 1997. He got into one game, played one minute, and made one block in a 101-80 Miami win over the Houston Rockets. He then joined the Boston Celtics (91 games) followed by a 42 game hitch with the Philadelphia 76ers. He signed on with the Heat again on February 23rd, 2000.

Bowen started in two of his 27 overall appearances with the Heat to close out the 1999-00 season, playing 21 minutes per game. He shot 46.4% from three point distance, with a confusing overall field goal success rate of 38%. He scored 5.1 points with 2.2 rebounds per game. He finished in double figures five times, and Miami went 17-10 when he played. In one of his starts, he scored 16 points, including a perfect four-for-four night from long range, along with four rebounds and three steals in a 92-77 win over the Philadelphia 76ers. Miami earned the Atlantic Division title along with the second seed with a 52-30 record. After sweeping the Detroit Pistons in the first round, they were eliminated in seven games by the New York Knicks in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. For his part, Bowen averaged 15.7 minutes while appearing in all 10 games and scoring a total of 35 points with 10 rebounds. He only shot 22.7% from outside through the tournament.

In 2000-01, Bowen signed a one year deal with Miami for $733,000. He appeared in all 82 games, starting 72 at small forward. He shot 36.3% overall and 33.6% from deep in 32.7 per minutes. His increased use resulted in higher averages across the board, with 7.6 points, three rebounds, 1.6 assists, and one steal registered per contest. He finished in double figures 26 times. In a 102-101 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on November 28th, he scored a season high 20 points with three rebounds. On December 30th, he shot five-of-seven three pointers, totalling 17 points before fouling out in 28 minutes of a 110-102 win against the Pistons. Miami went 52-30 during the regular season, but lost three straight in the opening round to the Charlotte Hornets. Bowen played 58 minutes, scoring 12 points with eight fouls.

Starting in 2001-02, Bowen started playing for the San Antonio Spurs, ultimately for eight seasons (630 games) and collecting three championship rings (2003, 2005, 2007) as well as notably being named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2001-03) and then First Team for 5 straight seasons (2004-08). He shot an NBA leading 44.1% from three point range in 2002-03, and ranks second on their all-time leaderboard with 661 successful three-point attempts.

All-Time HEATline: Three seasons, 110 games, 29.6 minutes, 6.9 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.6 blocks, 7.8 PER, 5.4 win shares.

50. Chris Quinn

Chris Quinn, a 6'2" point guard from New Orleans, LA, was born on September 27th, 1983. After graduating from Dublin Coffman in Dublin, OH, he attended Notre Dame, playing four seasons and playing a full 40 minutes per game as a senior in 2005-06. He scored 17.7 points with 3.8 rebounds and 6.4 assists per game. He missed out on getting drafted, signing a partially guaranteed contract with the Heat. He played in the summer league, eventually making the team later in the season. His contract was good for three years and $2,072,755.

Quinn ended up playing in 42 games for the Heat, starting once. He averaged 3.4 points on 36.6% shooting, playing 9.7 minutes per game. The team went 18-24 in his appearances, scoring in double digits three times through the campaign. In a 113-93 win over the Charlotte Bobcats, he played 36 minutes, scoring 14 points with five rebounds and five assists. He collected a season high nine assists on April 16th, in a 91-89 loss to the Boston Celtics. Miami won the Southeast division and the fourth seed with a 44-38 record, but lost four straight to the Chicago Bulls in the opening round. Quinn did not make an appearance.

Quinn took on a bigger role in 2007-08, averaging 22.3 minutes over his 60 appearances. He started 25 times at point guard, shooting 42.4% from the field with a 40.3% clip from long distance, scoring 7.8 points with three assists and two boards per game. Miami went 11-49 with him in the rotation, as Quinn finished in double figures 24 times. On December 13th, he scored 22 points on a six-for-10 night from three point distance in a 104-91 loss to the Washington Wizards. On April 2nd, he had a good night in a bad game for Miami (a 106-77 loss to the New Orleans Hornets), scoring 18 points with a season high nine assists and seven rebounds. Two days later, in a 109-95 loss to the Wizards, he scored a season high 24 points with eight assists. Miami famously went 15-67 for the second time in team history.

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2008-09 would see Quinn average 14.6 minutes over his 66 appearances off the bench. He scored fvie points with two assists and one rebound per game, shooting 41% from both two and three point distance. He posted 10 games in double figures, as Miami split their record with him in the game at 33-33. His best game may have been Miami's last of the season, a 102-96 win over the Detroit Pistons. He scored 26 points on nine-of-13 shooting with five assists and four rebounds. The Heat finished 43-39, finishing with a five seed. The Heat lost the opening round in seven games to the Atlanta Hawks. Quinn totalled eight points while appearing in all five games. The Heat traded Quinn to the New Jersey Nets for a draft pick, which Miami never recieved due to it being top 50 protected.

Quinn played 25 games with the Nets in 2009-10, joining the San Antonio Spurs in 2010-11 (41 games). He split 2011-12 between Khimki (Russia) and Valencia (Spain). Last season, he started with the Tulsa 66ers in the NBA's D-League before finishing up with the Cleveland Cavaliers. He is not currently rostered on an NBA team.

All-Time HEATline: Three seasons, 168 games, 16.1 minutes, 5.6 points, 1.3 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.0 blocks, 10.6 PER, 5.4 win shares.

49. Carlos Arroyo

Carlos Arroyo is a point guard from Fajardo, Puerto Rico. 6'2", born on July 30th, 1979, and a product of Santiago Apostol secondary school, he played for the Florida International University Golden Panthers in college. A four year starter who averaged 16 points, 3.4 rebounds, and four assists a game, he increased his scoring average to 21.2 as a senior in 2000-01. During his college offseasons, he played with Cangrejeros de Santurce in PR. After going undrafted, he continued to play with them on and off into 2003.

At the same time, Arroyo signed a free agent contract with the Toronto Raptors, playing 17 games before joining the Denver Nuggets to close out 2001-02 (20 games). Later, he played with the Utah Jazz (145 games), the Detroit Pistons (99 games), and the Orlando Magic (161 games). He signed with Miami during 2009's training camp for two years and $2,330,768.

Arroyo started 35 games at point guard for the Heat, coming off the bench in 37 other games in 2009-10. He shot 47.5%, scoring six points with three assists and two boards in 22 minutes per game. He finished 18 games in double figures, as Miami posted a 43-29 record in games in which Arroyo appeared. On March 4th, in a 114-111 win over the Los Angeles Lakers, he hit six-of-seven shots for 17 points, five assists, and three rebounds in 42 minutes. He hit six-of-nine shots for 12 points and added 10 assists on March 14th for his season's only double double in a Heat win over the Philadelphia 76ers, 104-91. On March 26th, in an 87-74 win over the Milwaukee Bucks, he scored nine points with seven boards and seven helpers. Miami earned the fifth seed with a 47-35 record in their last pre-LBJ circuit through the regular season. They dropped four of five in the first round to the Boston Celtics to end their season. Arroyo played 23 minutes per game through the series, scoring an average of five points with two rebounds and two assists.

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2010-11 would see Arroyo start in 42 of his 49 appearances. He shot 46% from the floor and 44% from deep in 20 minutes per game. He also averaged 5.6 points with two assists and 1.6 rebounds per game. He scored 10 or more points on a dozen occasions. On December 6th, he went a perfect six-for-six from the field, including two three pointers, in a win over Milwaukee, 88-78. The Heat cut him on March 1st, and the Boston Celtics signed him five days later. He played 15 games with them to close out the season. He spent 2011-12 with Beşiktaş Milangaz in Turkey and is currently signed with Galatasaray Liv Hospital in the same league.

All-Time HEATline: Two seasons, 121 games, 21.3 minutes, 5.9 points, 1.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.1 blocks, 11.1 PER, 5.5 win shares.