This offseason, we’re celebrating 30 years of the Miami Heat by counting down each of the 233 players to appear in a regular season game with the club. The deciding metric on the players’ rankings was accumulated GameScore.
228. Jamal Robinson
Jamal Robinson is a 6'7" small forward from Jamaica, NY. Born on December 27th, 1973, the University of Virginia graduate played four seasons with the Cavaliers. Undrafted after graduating in 1997, he signed a free agent contract with the Heat prior to the 2000-01 season for $40,000.
Robinson appeared in six games during his time with Miami, shooting three-for-22 from the field. He totaled six points, scoring a bucket in three separate games. On November 15th, he scored two with three boards and a steal in a 93-91 loss to the New Jersey Nets. He was waived by Miami on November 26th.
Robinson later played one season of NBA D-League ball with the Roanoke Dazzle Stats, averaging 12 points per game in 2002-03.
Stat Line: six games, 72 minutes, three-for-22, six points, 11 rebounds, two assists, six steals.
Accumulated GameScore: -2.1
227. Mark Davis
Mark Davis was a small forward from Thibodaux, LA. The 6'7" right-hander played two years of collegiate ball at Howard University before transferring to Texas Tech for his final two years of eligibility. Born on April 26th, 1973, he was initially selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the second round of the 1995 draft, 48th overall.
Davis played one season for the Wolves, averaging three points, two rebounds and an assist over 10 minutes per contest. Released after the 1995-96 season, he was signed by the Philadelphia 76ers prior to the 1996-97 season. He would average six points and three boards in 18 minutes per game oven his two seasons with the Sixers.
On January 21st, 1999, Davis signed with the Heat for $100,000. He played in a total of four games in Miami, scoring nine points on two-of-six shooting. His best game came on February 9th, when he went one-of-two from the field and hit all four of his free throws. He also added five rebounds in only 12 minutes of action. Unfortunately, he also fouled out. Miami waived him a week later, then resigned and again waived him over the summer.
Davis linked on with the Golden State Warriors for 23 games in 1999-00, averaging six points, four rebounds, and two dimes per game. He later played in the CBA, the ABA, and various foreign leagues in Germany, Italy, and Sweden.
Stat Line: four games, 35 minutes, nine points, seven rebounds, one assist, one steal.
Accumulated GameScore: -2.0
226. Andre Dawkins
Andre Dawkins was a 6’5”, 215 lb. shooting guard from Fairfax, Virginia. Born on September 19th, 1991, he was a product of Duke University, where he played in 142 games over four seasons. He averaged 7.1 points and 1.6 rebounds per game while with the Blue Devils.
After going undrafted, Dawkins joined the Miami Heat for the NBA Summer League in 2014, later singing on with the team prior to opening night. In his first NBA appearance, in a 114-96 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on November 1st, he finished with a turnover and a personal foul in 1:50.
Appearing in four games overall for Miami, Dawkins best came on November 17th in a 95-83 win over the Brooklyn Nets. He scored his only NBA basket, a three-pointer, also collecting a rebound and posting a plus-3 rating in nine minutes on the court. The Heat waived him on January 6th, and although he signed a pair of 10-day contracts with the Boston Celtics later in the season, he hasn’t appeared in another NBA game.
Since playing in the NBA, Dawkins has appeared with the Sioux Falls Skyforce, the Maine Red Claws, Auxilium CUS Torino, the Texas Legends, and the Windy City Bulls.
Stat Line: four games, 22 minutes, three points, two rebounds, one assist
Accumulated GameScore: -1.7
225. Matt Walsh
Matt Walsh was a 6'6" shooting guard from Holland, PA. Born on December 2nd, 1982, he started for three seasons with the Florida Gators in college, ending with the 2004-05 season. Undrafted, the Heat signed him for $38,904.
Walsh appeared in two games, covering three minutes in November. His only NBA points happened in a 97-78 season opening victory over the Memphis Grizzlies, as he drained his only field goal attempt in just over a minute of time on the floor, November 2nd. He got into the game again on November 12th, missing two free throws and turning the ball over in two minutes of a 108-99 win against the Charlotte Bobcats. Miami waived him six days later. That brief glimmer - three minutes on the court - comprises Walsh’s entire NBA career.
Walsh has since played professionally all over the place, making apperances with the Arkansas RimRockers, Olympia Larissa, Bàsquet Manresa, Spirou Charleroi, Union Olimpija, Aris Thessaloniki, ASVEL Villeurbanne, UCAM Murcia, Caja Laboral, Azovmash, and Spirou Charleroi, the Brose Baskets in Italy, Virtus Bologna, and Eskisehir Basket, a Turkish club. Walsh retired from professional basketball on September 24th, 2015.
Stat Line: two games, three minutes, one-for-one, two points.
Accumulated GameScore: -0.1
224. Charles Smith
Charles Smith is a 6'4" shooting guard from Fort Worth, TX born on August 22nd, 1975. The University of New Mexico graduate was Miami's first round pick of the 1997 draft, 26th overall.
Smith didn't appear until Miami's seventh game of the season, when he went 0-for-two from the field with one turnover in one minute of garbage time late in a 101-82 Heat win over the Sacramento Kings. Unfortunately, his performance that night would be a good indicator of his time with the Heat. He would play a total of 32 minutes over 11 games, scoring a total of 10 points on four-of-22 shooting. On February 19th, Miami had seen enough, packing him with Isaac Austin and a first round pick in a trade to the Los Angeles Clippers for Brent Barry.
Smith averaged 4.2 points per contest over 46 games with the Clippers, encompassing parts of two seasons. After not appearing in the NBA for two seasons, he resurfaced in 2001-02 with the San Antonio Spurs. He averaged 7.4 points and 2.2 rebounds in 60 games. Later, he would play a limited role with the Portland Trailblazers (24 games) and with the Denver Nuggets (one game). He has since appeared in Italian, Turkish, and Spanish professional basketball leagues.
Stat Line: 11 games, 32 minutes, four-for-18 overall, one-for-three from outside, one-for-two from the stripe, eight rebounds, two assists, two steals, one block, 10 points.
Accumulated GameScore: -0.1