Throughout this offseason, we’re counting down every player to ever appear on the court with the Heat throughout their regular season and playoff games. We used cumulative GameScore to rank them. Today, we are up to number
218. Winston Bennett
Winston Bennett was a 6'7" small forward from Louisville, KY. Born February 9th, 1965, he was Mr. Basketball for the state of Kentucky in 1983. He then joined the Wildcats at the University of Kentucky, averaging 28 minutes per game over his four seasons with 11 points, six rebounds, and an assist per contest. The Cleveland Cavaliers selected him in the third round of the 1988 draft, 64th overall.
Bennett averaged 16 minutes per game over parts of three seasons with the Cavs, scoring five points with three boards and an assist during his time there. He was waived near the end of the 1991-92 season. Miami signed him to a 10-day contract on April 10th.He played one minute that night, sinking his only field goal and grabbing one rebound in a 108-93 Heat win over the Washington Bullets. Six days later, he made his second and final appearance with Miami, and his final overall NBA performance, again playing one minute. This time, he missed his only shot as Miami lost to the Milwaukee Bucks, 95-87.
Later on, Bennett went into coaching, serving as Rick Pitino's assistant both at the University of Kentucky and with the Boston Celtics. He later became the head coach of Kentucky State, eventually serving in the same capacity with the NAIA's Mid-Continent University.
Stat Line: two games, two minutes, one-for-two, one rebound, two points.
Cumulative GameScore: 1.3
217. Leron Ellis
LeRon Ellis was a 6'9" center from Los Angeles, CA. Born on April 28th, 1969, the product of the prestigious high school basketball program at Mater Dei played his college ball between the Kentucky Wildcats and the Syracuse Orangemen. He was selected by the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round of the 1991 draft, with the 21st overall pick.
In 29 games with the Clippers his rookie season, Ellis split just over 100 minutes, scoring less than a bucket per game on 17-of-50 shooting. The Clippers let him go after the season. He appeared in the CBA, Spain, and Italy over the next season. Prior to the 1993-94 season, the Charlotte Hornets signed him up for a shot. He would appear in 50 games for the Bugs, averaging four points and four rebounds per contest. Although Charlotte still owned his NBA rights, he would spend 1994-95 with FC Barcelona, a team in the Spanish League.
On November 3rd, 1995, the Hornets traded Ellis, along with Alonzo Mourning and Pete Myers, to Miami for Glen Rice, Matt Geiger, Khalid Reeves, and a draft pick. He would score 13 points on five-of-22 shooting over 12 games with the Heat. His best game came on November 28th, when he scored four points with a rebound in four minutes of a 111-89 Heat win over the Dallas Mavericks. Miami waived him the next month.
Ellis went on to appear in the USBL, the CBA, Japan, Argentina, and China before hanging up his sneakers in 2002.
Stat Line: 12 games, 74 minutes, five-for-22, eight rebounds, four assists, two steals, three blocks, 13 points.
Cumulative GameScore: 2.3
216. DeAndre Liggins
DeAndre Liggins, a small forward and shooting guard from Chicago, Illinois, was born on March 31st, 1988, just seven months before Miami’s first ever regular season game. The Orlando Magic drafted him out of the University of Kentucky in the second round of the 2011 NBA Draft, with the 53rd overall selection.
Liggins appeared in 17 games for the Magic, scoring 33 points with 15 rebounds, five assists and six steals. He latched on for a spell with the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2012-13, appearing in 39 games and putting up 58 points with 53 rebounds, 15 assists, 18 steals and three blocked shots. He spent most of the next year and a half getting constantly assigned and recalled between the Thunder and the Tulsa 66ers in the NBA-D League.
On February 25th, 2014, the Heat signed Liggins to the first of two 10-day contracts. Although Liggins ultimately spent about 15 days with Miami, he only got into one game, a 17 point win over the Charlotte Bobcats on March 3rd. The Heat got a lot of bang per minute with Liggins, but unfortunately, he totaled just over a minute on the court, 1:23 in total. He made his only field goal attempt and pulled down an offensive rebound.
Liggins didn’t appear in an NBA game for two seasons before showing up for 61 contests this season with the Cleveland Cavaliers. He played just over a quarter per game, starting 19 times. He scored 144 points with 101 rebounds, 54 helpers, 45 steals and 14 blocked shots. He later played in one game with the Dallas Mavericks, scoring eight points with seven rebounds.
Stat Line: one game, one minute, one-for-one, two points, one rebound.
Cumulative GameScore: 2.4
216. Briante Weber
Weber is a 6’2”, 165 lb. point guard out of Virginia Commonwealth University. Born on December 29th, 1992, he was initially signed through free agency by the Heat just before the start of the 2015-16 campaign, but was waived five days later, and still prior to the first game of the season. The Memphis Grizzlies picked him up in March on a 10-day contract. He appeared in six games for Memphis, scoring 29 points on 13-for-38 shooting in 166 minutes total, with 24 rebounds, 20 helpers, nine steals, and three rejections. Memphis didn’t sign him after his second 10-day contract.
On April 10th, 2016, the Heat signed Weber for $328,000. For their money, they put Weber on the court for a grand total of 2:43, in a 22 point victory over the Orlando Magic. Weber scored two points, making his only field goal attempt and adding a rebound, an assist, and a plus-5 rating. Miami waived him prior to the 2016-17 season.
Weber has since resurfaced at the NBA level, first with the Golden State Warriors for seven games in February, then with the Charlotte Hornets for 13 games down the stretch. In 20 combined games, he scored 62 points while draining buckets at a .417 rate. He also pulled down 26 boards with 21 assists, 12 steals and a blocked shot.
Stat Line: one game, three minutes, one-for-one, two points, one rebound, one assist.
Cumulative GameScore: 2.9
215. Dave Popson
Dave Popson, born May 7th, 1964, was a 6'10" power forward from Kingston, PA. After four seasons of college ball with the Tar Heels at UNC, the Detroit Pistons made him the 88th pick of the 1987 draft, in the fourth round. After getting waived following the 1988-89 season, he was picked up and waived several times by the Clippers. He managed to get into 10 games in LA, scoring 23 points with 16 rebounds during his time there.
On March 22nd, the Heat signed Popson to the first of two 10-day contracts, eventually signing him through the season. His best performance came on April 11th, when he went two-for-three from the field with two rebounds in eight minutes. He would total seven games for Miami, scoring 11 with 11 boards over 36 minutes. The Heat did not retain him after the season.
Stat Line: seven games, 38 minutes, five-for-15, 11 points, 11 rebounds, two assists, one block.
Cumulative GameScore: 3.1