clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

30 Years of Heat: All-Time All-Player Countdown #198-194

New, comments

Today, we look at Sam Mack, Zoran Dragic, Todd Fuller, Milos Babic, and Ken Johnson.

198. Sam Mack

Sam Mack was a 6'7" small forward from Chicago, IL. Born on May 26th, 1970, he played one season of college hoops for three schools: Iowa State, Tyler JC, and the University of Houston Cougars. Undrafted out of college, he signed his first contract to play for the 1992-93 version of the San Antonio Spurs.

Mack played in 40 games off the bench for San Antonio. After the season, he was waived. Instead of sitting on the couch, he elected instead to work on his game, spending the next two seasons in the Continental Basketball Association with five different teams.

The Houston Rockets decided to take a chance on Mack in 1995-96. He played 83 games over two seasons with the club, averaging seven points, two rebounds, and two assists per contest. He then appeared in 76 games over parts of two seasons with the then-Vancouver Grizzlies, averaging 11 points, three boards, and two dimes per night. He rejoined the Rockets for 25 games to close out the 1998-99 season. He then appeared 23 times with the 1999-00 Golden State Warriors.

After splitting the 2000-01 season between the CBA and Venezuala, Mack signed a free agent contract with Miami for $174,598. He appeared in 12 Heat games, shooting at a 28.6% clip. His best effort came in a losing cause, when he scored seven points on two-of-five shooting (including one-for-three from distance) along with four rebounds, two steals and an assist in a 97-93 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.

Mack has since played in Russian, Spanish, and Canadian Leagues, also reappearing stateside in the CBA. He last suited up with the Chicago Steam of the American Basketball Association at the age of 43.

Stat Line: 12 games, 159 minutes, 14-for-49, seven-for-28 three-pointers, five-for-seven free throws, 40 points, 14 rebounds, five steals, four assists, one block.

Cumulative GameScore: 10.2

197. Zoran Dragic

Dragic is a 6’5”, 200 lb. shooting guard from Ljubljana, Slovenia, and the younger brother of Heat stalwart Goran. Born on June 22nd, 1989, the left-hander played with Ilirija Ljubljana, Jance STZ, Geoplin Slovan, Krka, and Unicaja Malaga internationally before signing with the Phoenix Suns prior to the 2014-15 campaign.

Despite Goran’s success, the Suns did not give Zoran much time on the court. He played a total of 13 minutes over six games for Phoenix. On February 19th, he was involved in a three-team trade that made him a member of the Heat.

As part of a 3-team trade, traded by the Phoenix Suns with Goran Dragic to the Miami Heat; the Miami Heat traded Norris Cole, Justin Hamilton and Shawne Williams to the New Orleans Pelicans; the Miami Heat traded Danny Granger, a 2017 1st round draft pick and a 2021 1st round draft pick to the Phoenix Suns; and the New Orleans Pelicans traded John Salmons to the Phoenix Suns. (2017 1st-round pick is top-7 protected)

Dragic appeared in 10 games for Miami, starting once and playing 62 minutes in total. He made nine-of-22 shots overall and three-of-nine from outside, also making one-of-two free throws. He added five rebounds, four assists, and two steals.

Miami traded Zoran to the Boston Celtics with a 2020 second round pick for a 2019 second round pick during the offseason, but the Celtics parted company with him two weeks after.

Since then, Zoran played with Khimki and Emporio Armani Milano, an Italian team with whom he is still currently rostered.

Stat Line: 10 games, 62 minutes, nine-of-22, three-of-nine three-pointers, one-of-two free throws, five rebounds, four assists, two steals, 22 points.

Cumulative GameScore: 10.3

196. Todd Fuller

Todd Fuller was a 6'11" center from Fayetteville, NC. Born July 25th, 1974, the left-hander played for four seasons with the North Carolina State Wolfpack, averaging 14 points, eight rebounds, and an assist per game. After graduating with the Class of 1996 (as summa cum laude with a Bachelor's Degree of Science in Applied Mathematics) the Golden State Warriors made him their first round draft pick, with the 11th selection overall.

Fuller averaged four points and three boards per game in 132 contests with the club, and starting 19 of them. He spent 1998-99 with the Utah Jazz (42 games) and 1999-00 with the Charlotte Hornets (41 games). Just before the 2000-01 season, he signed a one year/$611,000 contract to play with Miami.

Fuller appeared in 10 Heat games, shooting 28.6% from the field and grabbing just under two boards per game in 7.7 minutes per appearance. By far, his best game with the hometowners was on opening day, November 1st. He scored 12 points, going three-of-four from the field and making all six of his free throw attempts with a block and a steal in a 105-79 win over the Orlando Magic. On November 22nd, he played a season high 18 minutes with eight points, five rebounds, two steals and an assist in an 86-67 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Fuller later played professionally in Spain, Greece, Poland, and Australia. He currently is a high school math teacher in North Carolina.

Stat Line: 10 games, 77 minutes, 10-for-35, eight-for-eight free throws, 28 points, 18 rebounds, three steals, two blocks, one assist.

Cumulative GameScore: 13.8

195. Miloš Babić

Miloš Babić was a 7' tall center from Kraljevo, Serbia. Born on November 23rd, 1968, he attended college at Tennessee Tech, and was drafted by the Phoenix Suns in the second round of the 1990 draft, with the 50th overall pick, then immediately traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Babić played in 12 games for the Cavs that season, getting waived in August during the 1991 offseason. That's where Miami picked him up, signing him as a free agent during the 1991-92 training camp. For Miami, Babić played 35 minutes over nine games, hitting six-of-13 shots for 18 points with 11 rebounds and six assists. Despite this pretty good line, it would be his last appearance in North American pro basketball.

Babic’s best game with Miami was on December 29th, in a 33-point loss to the Portland Trail Blazers. He scored six points, making his only field goal attempt and all four of his foul shots, with two rebounds in five minutes on the court.

Babić later appeared in leagues in Argentina, Greece, Serbia/Montenegro, Slovakia, Lithuania, Poland, Israel, Belgium, and Portugal, last in 2002.

Stat Line: nine games, 35 minutes, six-of-13, six-of-eight free throws, 18 points, 11 rebounds, six assists, one steal.

Cumulative GameScore: 14.8

194. Ken Johnson

Ken Johnson was a 6'11" center from Detroit, MI. Born on February 1st, 1978, he was a four year starter for Ohio State before graduating with the Class of 2001. Miami selected him in the second round of the draft, 48th overall.

Johnson did not make the cut with Miami out of training camp, instead playing his inaugural professional season between Scandone Avellino in the Italian League and the NBA D-League Dakota Wizards. He signed on with the Heat before the 2002-03 season for $349,458.

Of his 16 NBA game appearances, his best were his last two. On April 13th, he scored eight points with seven rebounds and two blocks in 28 minutes, as the Heat dropped a 94-86 decision to the Boston Celtics. In his final showing, he scored eight with 10 boards, a block and a steal in 33 minutes as the Heat closed the season with a rare win, defeating the Toronto Raptors 103-99.

Johnson continued his professional career after the season in France, South Korea, China, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, and Estonia, last in 2010 with Kalev/Cramo.

Stat Line: 16 games, 156 minutes, 15-of-37, two-of-six free throws, 32 points, 32 rebounds, 12 blocks, one steal.

Cumulative GameScore: 17.1