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30 Years of Heat: All-Time All-Player Countdown #223-219

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Five more players on the road to Wade County.

Throughout the offseason, we’re counting down every player to have appeared in a Heat game, from 1988 through the present day. We used the GameScore metric by poring over every box score since the Heats’ inception, then added each players GameScore up. This is a more precise type of measurement than using simply Win Shares, and is slightly less complicated than a proposed minutes played * Player Efficiency Rating.

223. Matt Fish

Matt Fish was a 6'11" center from Washington, IA. He was born on November 18th, 1969, and played his college ball with at UNC-Wilmington, averaging 11 points, seven rebounds and an assist in four seasons, graduating with the Class of 1992. The Golden State Warriors selected him in the second round of that year's draft, with the 50th overall pick. He was waived before the start of training camp, signed by the Portland Trail Blazers, then again cut before the season started. He joined the USBL's Philadelphia Spirit soon thereafter, also making appearances with several CBA franchises and one pro team in France over the next two seasons before another NBA team called his number, the Los Angeles Clippers signed him for the league minimum prior to the 1994-95 season.

Fish appeared in 28 games for the Clippers, later also seeing game time with the New York Knicks (two games), the Denver Nuggets(16 games), and the Washington Bullets (five games). Miami picked him up on February 24th, 1997 to the first of two 10-day contracts, later signing him for the remainder of the season. His only game appearance came on March 16th, in a 101-80 Heat win over the Houston Rockets, in which Fish played one minute and did not register a shot of any type. Miami traded him after the season with Gary Grant and a conditional second round pick (not exercised) to the Sacramento Kings for Duane Causwell.

So Fish holds the honor of being the only Heat player to ever finish his Miami career with zero points, rebounds, assists, steals or blocks.

Fish later played in Argentina and Poland, as well as several teams in the IBL and in the ABA. He last appeared with Belgrado de San Nicolás in the Argentinian league in 2001-02.

Since retiring, Fish has been involved in publishing the NBA alumni magazine, and more recently became an advocate for fair play, an enemy of homophobia, and the author of Team Human Race.

Stat Line: one game, one minute, zero anything else.

Accumulated GameScore: 0.0

222. Gary Alexander

Gary Alexander was a 6'7" power forward from Jacksonville, FL. Born on November 1st, 1969, he played college hoops for the South Florida Bulls, graduating after the 1991-92 season. Undrafted, he spent the 1992-93 season between Israel and Venezuala.

Alexander would get his shot at the NBA with Miami, signing on with the team on October 7th, 1993. He didn't make much of his opportunity, going one-for-two from the field and missing both his free throw attempts in 12 minutes over four games spent mostly on the bench. After getting waived in December, the Cleveland Cavaliers gave him a look in March, signing him through the rest of the season (seven games).

That would be Alexander's last NBA appearance, and he would go on to play in France, Spain, Germany, Turkey, and Poland, last in 2005-06.

Stat Line: four games, 12 minutes, one-for-two shooting, zero-for-two from the free throw line, three rebounds, one assist, two points.

Accumulated GameScore: 0.0

221. Jerome Beasley

Jerome Beasley was a 6'10" power forward from Compton, CA. Born on May 17th, 1980, he attended Midland Community College for two seasons after completing high school at Moreno Valley. He transferred to North Dakota State for two seasons beginning with 2001-02, and averaged 24 points and eight rebounds over 30 minutes per game. Miami picked him up in the second round of the 2003 draft, with the 34th overall pick. He signed to the tune of two-years/$986,977.

Beasley made his debut on October 29th, scoring two points on one-of-two shooting, playing in three minutes of a 98-75 loss to the Boston Celtics. He made his second appearance on November 16th, going 0-for-one from the field with a rebound in two minutes as the Heat dropped a 99-77 decision to the Los Angeles Lakers. To date, it has been his last appearance in an NBA contest.

Beasley has since played in the NBA D-League, Turkey, Spain, Poland, Australia, Venezuala, Dominican Republic, Israel, the Netherlands, and in Cyprus. He has made headlines by testing positive for THC (2009) and by getting arrested for falling behind on his child support payments (2010, 2015).

Stat Line: two games, five minutes, one-for-three shooting, one rebound, two points.

Accumulated GameScore: 0.6

220. Jamie Watson

Jamie Watson, born February 23rd, 1972, was a 6'7" small forward from Elm City, NC. He played four season with the Gamecocks at the University of South Carolina, starting three of them and averaging 18.1 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.4 assists during his senior season. He was drafted by the Utah Jazz in the second round of the 1994 draft, 47th overall.

In 89 games over parts of three seasons with Utah, Watson appeared in just under a quarter per game, averaging 3.1 points, 1.3 rebounds, and an assist per game. The Jazz waived him on March 5th, 1997. The Dallas Mavericks would pick him up a week later, where he appeared in 10 games, playing 21.1 minutes per appearance and scored four and a half points, 2.9 rebounds, and 2.3 assists per game. He did not appear in the NBA during the 1998-99 season, instead playing with Fontanafreda Siena in Italy.

Miami signed Watson to a free agent contract on January 21st, 1999. Over four weeks on Miami's active roster, he made three appearances on the floor. His only positive impact was on the day after Valentine's Day, when he scored two points on one-of-two shooting with an assist and a rebound in 14 minutes of a 95-72 Heat win over the New Jersey Nets.

Beginning with the 2000-01 season, Watson played one season each in Lebanon, Portugal, Cyprus, Columbia, Chile, and Jordan.

Stat Line: three games, 18 minutes, one-for-two shooting, one rebound, one assist, two points.

Accumulated GameScore: 0.6

219. Mickell Gladness

Mickell Gladness is a 6'11" power forward from Birmingham, AL. Born on July 26th, 1986, he spent three seasons with Alabama A&M. Undrafted, he signed on with the Miami Heat on December 10th, 2011 for $248,263, just before the start of the lockout shortened 2011-12 campaign.

Gladness played in eight games for the Heat, scoring two points on one-of-three shooting with 11 rebounds and eight personal fouls in just 38 minutes. He was waived in February, then subsequently picked up by the Golden State Warriors, where he found slightly more success. He played 18 games with the Warriors, averaging three points, three rebounds and a block per game.

Gladness has also played professionally in the Netherlands, with the Santa Cruz Warriors in the NBA D-League, the Reno Bighorns, Jiangxi Xinye, the Townsville Crocodiles, the Canterbury Rams, Maccabi Ashdod, and San Lorenzo de Almagro. He is currently on Kalev/Cramo, an Estonian professional club.

Stat Line: eight games, 26 minutes, one-for-three shooting, 11 rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block two points.

Accumulated GameScore: 0.9