This offseason, we will look into the Miami Heat's past into who made the team tick over the course of their now 28-season history. I'll be doing this via the same format as I have this past season, with the Five Stars series. I used individual GameScores from each contest, and the top five cumulative GameScores represent the Five Stars. Today features three veterans of the first Heat season and two rookies.
11 Sherman Douglas 997.1
Douglas was born on September 15th, 1966 in Washington D.C. He attended Spingarn High in his hometown, and in 1989 was drafted by the Heat in the NBA draft with the 28th overall pick out of Syracuse. He was the second first rounder for the Heat out of Syracuse over their first two seasons, joining Rony Seikaly. A 6', 180 lb. point guard, Douglas was also known as the General.
Douglas appeared in 81 games through his rookie season, starting 66 times at point guard and leading the team with 2,470 minutes. He also led Miami with 145 steals and 619 assists, over double the amount of helpers as second place Rory Sparrow. He sunk 463-of-938 shots from the floor for a 49.4% shooting success rate, and made five-of-31 from outside. His .687 free throw percentage could use a little work, although he never really did get any better from the line through his eventual 12 season NBA career. Douglas added 206 rebounds (70 offensive) with 10 blocks, 187 fouls, and 246 turnovers along with his 1,155 points.
On December 8th, he came within spitting distance of a quadruple double, scoring 31 points with nine assists, seven rebounds and six steals as the 4-16 Heat defeated the 7-10 Orlando Magic, 122-114. In his best game of the season, on April 12th, Douglas drained 15-of-21 from the field for 37 points overall, adding 14 helpers, four rebounds, and two steals. It was one of his 18 double-doubles on the season, but the 17-59 Heat were summarily trounced by the 47-29 Boston Celtics, 139-118 despite Douglas' brave efforts.
4 Rony Seikaly 886.0
Seikaly came a long way in his second season, earning notice from the NBA as the "Most Improved Player" in the league, ranking sixth overall in the Association with 10.4 rebounds collected per game.
Seikaly scored a team-best 1,228 points for the Heat on 486-of-968 shooting, making over 50% of his shots for the first time in his career. He improved his free throw shooting from .511 in his rookie season to .594 in his second. That's one additional successful shot in 12, by the way. He made 256-of-431 foul shots overall, and also led the club with 766 total rebounds (253 offensive). He started 72 of his 74 games at center for Miami, and pitched in with 78 steals, 78 assists, and 124 blocks in 2,409 minutes. He turned the ball over 236 times and ranked third on the club with 258 fouls.
Seikaly lit up the 28-19 Chicago Bulls for 40 points and 17 rebounds on February 13th before fouling out in 42 minutes as the 10-39 Heat dropped a 107-95 decision to Michael Jordan and his Bulls. On March 7th, Seikaly racked up 31 points and 21 rebounds for the 13-47 Heat in a 122-105 win over the 16-43 Magic. Then later he became a DJ (see below).
55 Billy Thompson 722.3
In Thompson's second year with the Heat he played his way into the Five Stars for the second time, one of three Miami players to appear in each of the first two seasons' Five Stars series. The 6'7", 195 lb. Louisville product turned 26 midway through the season.
Thompson's fourth professional season would see him start at either small forward or shooting guard in 45 of his 79 games, totaling 2,142 minutes on the floor and ranking second on the team with 551 rebounds, 238 of them off the offensive glass. He shot 373-of-723 from the field, leading the team with a .516 shooting percentage. he also made two-of-four from outside and sunk 115-of-185 from the line, with 166 assists, 89 blocks, and 54 steals. Thompson was whistled 237 times and turned the ball over 156 times to go with his 867 points.
In his best game of the year, Thompson scored 28 points on 13-of-18 shooting with 11 offensive and five defensive rebounds as the 4-11 Heat dropped a 105-100 decision to the 2-11 Minnesota Timberwolves. He also blocked four shots and dished out five helpers on that November 29th. On April 4th, he made 12-of-18 shots and scored 29 with 12 offensive and 16 total rebounds, with six assists and four steals as the 17-56 Heat lost 128-114 to the 33-39 Golden State Warriors.
Thompson wouldn't again appear in a team Five Stars in another season, although he did spend another season with the Heat. He played one game with the Golden State Warriors in 1992 to close out his NBA career. Later, after spending 1993-94 with the Rapid City Thrillers in the CBA, he played internationally in Turkish, Israeli, and Argentinian professional leagues. He later became a born-again Christian:
I used to try drugs to the point where it wasn't doing any good for me. It was destroying the body. I changed because of my relationship with the Lord. I stopped messing around with drugs and partying, because I came to realize it wasn't helping me at all.
41 Glen Rice 609.0
Rice was destined to be a three-time all-star during his time as a Charlotte Hornet, but his first season would see him finding his way. Selected with the fourth overall pick, the 6'7", 215 lb. small forward from Jacksonville, Arkansas was born on May 28th, 1967. After attending high school in Flint Northwestern in Flint, Michigan, he played for the Michigan Wolverines for four seasons.
Rice appeared in 77 games that season for Miami, starting at forward 60 times and playing a total of 2,311 minutes. He ranked second on the team with 17 three-pointers, made on 69 attempts. He made 470-of-1071 shots overall from the field, draining 91-of-124 free throws. Rice also had 100 offensive and 352 total rebounds, along with 138 assists, 67 steals, and 27 blocks. He scored 1,048 points overall to rank third on the team, and turned the ball over 113 times with 198 personal fouls.
On December 16th, he earned his only double-double of the season with 21 points and 13 rebounds as 6-17 Miami took a 99-96 decision over the 10-11 Milwaukee Bucks. In Rice's best contest of the season, on January 15th, he scored 27 points on 13-of-21 shooting, with seven rebounds and five assists as the 7-30 Heat defeated the 14-21 Washington Bullets, 111-105.
21 Kevin Edwards 599.8
Edwards' sophomore professional season would see him start 54 times out of his 78 appearances overall, totaling 2,211 minutes on the court. He made 41.2% of his shots, shooting 395-for-959 overall and nine-for-30 from outside, along with 139-of-183 from the stripe. He ranked third on the team with 242 assists and second with 125 steals, along with 282 rebounds and 33 blocked shots. He had 180 turnovers and committed 149 fouls.
In Edwards best showing of the year, he scored 32 points in just 29 minutes on 13-of-17 shooting with four assists, two rebounds and two steals as the 11-46 Heat defeated the 15-39 Sacramento Kings, 113-92.
43 Grant Long 497.6
32 Tellis Frank 457.8
2 Rory Sparrow 368.4
20 Jon Sundvold 230.0
44 Terry Davis 181.8
3 Scott Haffner 110.4
42 Pat Cummings 95.1
50 Jim Rowinski 35.4
Check back here on Thursday when we will get to the 1990-91 Heat, and their continuing metamorphosis from expansion to champion. In the meantime, you can always find up-to-the-minute Heat news here, at Hot Hot Hoops.