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30 Years of Heat: All-Time All-Player Countdown #208-204

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Tyrone Hill, Qyntel Woods, Tim James, Jarnell Stokes, and Eddy Curry appear in today’s countdown.

Tim James earned the rank of Corporal in the best army in the world and played in the NBA.

208. Tyrone Hill

Tyrone Hill was a 6'9" power forward from Cincinnati, OH. Born on March 19th, 1968, he played four seasons collegiately with the Xavier Commodores, averaging 16 points and 11 rebounds per contest. The Golden State Warriors selected him with their first pick in the 1990 draft, 11th overall.

Hill played three seasons with Golden State, leading the NBA with 315 personal fouls in 1991-92. Considered as little more than bench depth through most of his time with the Warriors, Golden State dealt him to the Cleveland Cavaliers for a 1994 first round pick during the 1993 offseason.

Hill enjoyed his greatest NBA success with the Cavs, earning a spot on the all-star team in 1995, when he averaged 13 points and 11 rebounds per game. He would spend four seasons with Cleveland, later appearing with the Milwaukee Bucks (74 games), the Philadelphia 76ers (165 games), for a second stint with the Cavs (58 games), and again with the Sixers (24 games).

On November 7th, 2003, Hill signed a free agent contract to play for the Heat for $221,829. He appeared in five games, going three-for-five from the field, grabbing eight rebounds, and committing 10 personal fouls in 38 minutes on the floor. He scored nearly all his points on November 21st, in a 101-91 loss to Golden State, where he made all three of his field goal tries in 11 minutes of game action (he also committed three fouls). It was the last time that Hill played professionally. Off the court, he owns All Net Records, an independent label in Cincinnati.

Stat Line: five games, 38 minutes, three-for-five, three-of-four free throws, eight rebounds, one block, nine points.

Cumulative GameScore: 5.4

207. Qyntel Woods

Qyntel Woods, born February 16th, 1981, was a 6'8" small forward from Memphis, TN. After one season with Northeast Mississippi Community College, the Portland Trail Blazers made him their first round pick in the 2002 draft, 21st overall.

In two seasons with Portland, Woods appeared in 115 games, averaging a disappointing 8.8 minutes per game and scoring 3.1 points with 1.6 rebounds and half an assist. He also made news (waaaay before the Michael Vick incident, BTW) for hosting a dog fighting ring in his house, often involving his own pets. His dogs were confiscated and Woods was sentenced to 80 hours of community service. The Blazers waived him on January 21st, 2005, and the Heat signed him five days later.

Woods played in three games for Miami. His best night (and Miami's lone win with him in the lineup) was on April 2nd, in a 111-99 win over the New Orleans Hornets, where he shot four-of-nine from the field with two rebounds and four steals in 22 minutes on the floor. During the 2005 offseason, he was part of a massive five-team trade (Miami traded away Woods, Albert Miralles, Eddie Jones, Rasual Butler, and two second round choices, while gaining Antoine Walker, Andre Emmett, James Posey, Jason Williams, and Roberto Duenes).

Woods played in 49 games with the New York Knicks after the dust settled. Later, he played with the Bakersfield Jam, Olympiacos, Fortitudo Bologna, Asseco Prokom Gdynia, Krasnye Krylya, Asseco Prokom Gdynia, Maccabi Haifa, Dnipro, Lagun Aro GBC, and AZS Koszalin. He currently plays with Cholet Basket in the French League and in Eurocup.

Stat Line: three games, 40 minutes, five-for-12, 10 points, six assists, four steals.

Cumulative GameScore: 5.8

206. Tim James

Tim James is a 6'7" small forward from Miami, FL. Born on December 26th, 1976, he played high school ball at Miami Northwestern before joining the University of Miami Hurricanes for four full seasons. Appropriately, the Heat picked him in the first round of the 1999 draft, with the 25th overall pick. He signed for $728,520.

James appeared in a total of four games for the Heat in his rookie season. His best effort came in Miami's penultimate game of the season, a 97-73 triumph over the Toronto Raptors, when he scored four points on two-of-five shooting with two boards, two blocks, and an assist. After the season, the Heat packaged him with PJ Brown, Rodney Buford, Jamal Mashburn and Otis Thorpe to the Charlotte Hornets for Ricky Davis, Dale Ellis, Eddie Jones, and Anthony Mason.

James played in 30 games for the Hornets, later appearing with the Philadelphia 76ers for nine games in 2001-02. After playing part of 2003 in Turkey, James enlisted in the US Army for four years to serve in Iraq. He chose not to tell any of his fellow Soldiers about his time in the NBA. After his hitch, he played pro ball in Venezuela, Japan, and Israel. Since 2011, he has been the head coach for the Vance-Granville Community College men's basketball team.

Stat Line: four games, 23 minutes, five-for-14, 11 points, four rebounds, three blocks, two assists.

Cumulative GameScore: 5.9

205. Jarnell Stokes

Stokes is a 6’9”, 263 lb. center and power forward from Memphis, Tennessee. Born on January 7th, 1994, he was selected in the second round of the 2014 NBA Draft by the Utah Jazz, with the 35th overall selection. Prior to that, he played three seasons of college ball with the University of Tennessee, averaging 13 points, 9.6 rebounds, and 1.5 assists in 29.7 minutes per game.

The same day he was selected by the Jazz, Utah traded Stokes to the Memphis Grizzlies for a second round pick in 2016. Stokes ended up splitting his time betwwen the Grizzlies and the Iowa Energy in the D-League. He started two games for the Grizzlies, appearing in 19 overall and scoring 57 points on 21-for-37 shooting with 34 rebounds, five steals, five blocks, and four assists in 126 minutes.

On November 10th, 2015, the Grizzlies traded Stokes with Beno Udrih to the Heat for Mario Chalmers and James Ennis. Stokes spent a lot of time in the D-League with the Sioux Falls Skyforce, spending a grand total of 14 minutes over five games in the NBA with Miami. His best performance came on January 20th in a 19 point loss to the Washington Wizards, when he scored four points on two-of-four shooting in 5:12 on the court.

On February 18th, 2016, the Heat traded Stokes with $700,00 to the New Orleans Pelicans for a heavily protected 2018 second round draft pick. He has since signed with the Denver Nuggets, appearing for seven minutes over two games, scoring three points.

Stat Line: five games, 14 minutes, three-for-five, seven points, two rebounds, one assist, one steal.

Cumulative GameScore: 6.2

204. Eddy Curry

Curry was a 7’, 295 lb. center from Harvey, Illinois. Born on December 5th, 1982, he was a first round pick of the Chicago Bulls in the 2001 NBA Draft, fourth overall off the board straight out of high school, where he was a McDonald’s All-American.

Curry never quite lived up to his draft potential with Chicago, playing in 289 games over four seasons with the Bulls. He played 23.1 minutes per game, scoring 11.8 points with 4.9 boards and just under a block.

On October 4th, 2005, Curry was traded to the New York Knicks. According to basketball-reference.com:

Traded by the Chicago Bulls with Antonio Davis and a 2007 1st round draft pick (Wilson Chandler was later selected) to the New York Knicks for Jermaine Jackson, Mike Sweetney, Tim Thomas, a 2006 1st round draft pick (LaMarcus Aldridge was later selected), a 2007 1st round draft pick (Joakim Noah was later selected), a 2007 2nd round draft pick (Kyrylo Fesenko was later selected) and a 2009 2nd round draft pick (Jon Brockman was later selected).

Curry played for New York for five seasons, shooting .563 from the field in 28.5 minutes per game. He put up 15.2 points and 5.8 rebounds per contest. While injured and missing the entire 2010-11 season, he was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves in a somewhat larger trade than before:

As part of a 3-team trade, traded by the New York Knicks with Anthony Randolph and cash to the Minnesota Timberwolves; the Denver Nuggets traded a 2015 2nd round draft pick (Richaun Holmes was later selected) to the Minnesota Timberwolves; the Denver Nuggets traded Carmelo Anthony, Renaldo Balkman, Chauncey Billups, Anthony Carter, Shelden Williams and a 2016 1st round draft pick (Jakob Poeltl was later selected) to the New York Knicks; the Minnesota Timberwolves traded Kosta Koufos to the Denver Nuggets; the Minnesota Timberwolves traded Corey Brewer to the New York Knicks; and the New York Knicks traded Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgov, cash, a 2012 2nd round draft pick (Quincy Miller was later selected), a 2013 2nd round draft pick (Romero Osby was later selected), a 2014 1st round draft pick (Dario Saric was later selected) and a 2016 1st round draft pick (Jamal Murray was later selected) to the Denver Nuggets. (Nuggets acquired right to swap 2016 1st-Rd picks with Knicks) (Nuggets acquired right to swap 2016 1st-Rd picks with Knicks)

A week after that, the Wolves waived him, and the Heat picked him up on a flyer on December 10th, 2011.

Curry appeared in 14 contests for the Heat, starting once and playing a total of 83 minutes. He made 12-of-26 shots for 30 points, with 12 boards, two blocks, and a single assist. Curry earned his highest GameScore of the season on January 19th, when he scored six points on two-of-three shooting, making both of his free throw attempts and adding three rebounds in six minutes of a 98-87 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.

Curry’s services were not retained by the Heat. He went on to appear with the Dallas Mavericks for two games the following season, but has not resurfaced at the NBA level since.

Stat Line: 14 games, 83 minutes, 12-for-26, six-for-eight free throws, 30 points, 12 rebounds, two blocks, one assist.

Cumulative GameScore: 6.3