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30 Years of Heat: All-Time All-Player Countdown #188-185

Don MacLean, Milt Wagner, Kelvin Upshaw and Ron Grandison darken our doorsteps in today’s countdown.

188. Don MacLean

Don MacLean, sometimes called "Hollywood," was a 6'10" forward from Palo Alto, CA. Born on January 16th, 1970, he owns the all-time scoring title for UCLA Bruins, with 2,608 for his college career. He averaged 21 points and eight rebounds in four collegiate seasons, graduating with the Class of 1988.

The Detroit Pistons made MacLean their first round pick in the draft of 1988, with the 19th overall selection. Detroit sent him with William Bedford to the Los Angeles Clippers for Olden Polynice and two draft picks. Four months later, and prior to the start of the 1988-89 season, he was again sent in a package deal with Bedford, this time to the Washington Bullets for John Williams.

As a rookie, MacLean averaged 6.6 points and two rebounds per contest. The following season, he took home the NBA's Most Improved Player Award by averaging 18.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.1 assists. He appeared in a total of 176 games over three seasons with Washington. He would go on to play one season each with the Denver Nuggets (56 games), the Philadelphia 76ers (37 games), the New Jersey Nets (nine games), the Seattle Supersonics (17 games), and the Phoenix Suns (16 games). He was the first player to earn a suspension by testing positive for performance enhancing drugs near the end of 2000.

In 2000-01, MacLean was traded to Miami, signing on for $798,500. He appeared in eight games for the Heat, hitting half of his 20 field goal attempts and pitching in with 18 rebounds. On November 1st, he drained five-of-six shots, scoring 16 points with five rebounds, two steals and an assist in 22 minutes to help Miami open the season with a win, 105-79 over the Orlando Magic.

After his playing career, MacLean went into broadcasting, and currently works as a color analyst with the PAC-12 broadcast team.

Stat Line: eight games, 76 minutes, 10-of-20, two-of-two three-pointers, nine-of-12 free throws, 31 points, 18 rebounds, five steals, four assists, one block.

Cumulative GameScore: 22.9

187. Kelvin Upshaw

Kelvin Upshaw, born January 24th, 1963, was a 6'2" shooting guard from Chicago, IL. He attended Utah, averaging 29 minutes, 15 points, three rebounds, and four assists in three collegiate seasons with the Utes.

Undrafted after graduating with the Class of 1986, Upshaw signed his first pro contract with Miami on January 10th, 1989. He spent nine games as a member of the Heat, hitting 26-of-63 field goals with 13 rebounds and 20 assists. His best game was on January 19th, when he went five-for-seven from the field with a board, two assists and a steal in a 112-108 loss to the Chicago Bulls.

Upshaw later played in 37 games over parts of two seasons with the Boston Celtics. He then played in 23 games with the Golden State Warriors and in 51 with the Dallas Mavericks. He also made appearances in the CBA, Poland, Italy, Argentina, and the Phillipines. He was named Director of Player Development for the Mavericks in 2004.

Stat Line: nine games, 144 minutes, 26-of-63, one-of-five three-pointers, four-of-six free throws, 57 points, 20 assists, 13 rebounds, seven steals.

Cumulative GameScore: 28.8

186. Ron Grandison

Ron Grandison, born July 9th, 1964, was a 6'6" power forward from Los Angeles, CA. He split four seasons of collegiate ball over five years, first with UC-Irvine then later with the University of New Orleans. The Denver Nuggets picked him up in the fifth round of the 1987 draft with the 100th pick overall. Waived before the start of the season, he caught on prior to 1988-89 with the Boston Celtics. In 72 games, he averaged 2.5 points, 1.3 rebounds and 0.6 assists.

Over the next two seasons, Grandison did not make an NBA appearance, instead concentrating on other endeavors. He did play for a time with the CBA's Omaha Racers during the interim. In 1991-92, he played three games with the Charlotte Hornets, followed by two more NBA free seasons in Spain and in the CBA.

In 1994-95, Grandison played two games with the New York Knicks. Before the 1995-96 season, he signed with the Heat for $225,000. On November 28th, in a 111-89 Heat win over the Dallas Mavericks, he scored eight points with a rebound, an assist, and two steals. December 6th would see him score six points with six rebounds and a steal in a 105-101 loss to the Boston Celtics. Miami let him go on January 6th. He appeared for four games with the Atlanta Hawks and for six with the New York Knicks. He later played on and off with various CBA teams through the 2000-01 season.

Stat Line: 18 games, 13.1 minutes, .333 field goals, .308 three-pointers, .684 free throws, 2.4 points, 2.0 rebounds.

Cumulative GameScore: 28.8

185. Milt Wagner

Milt Wagner was a 6'5" shooting guard from Camden, NJ. Born on February 20th, 1963, he played five seasons of collegiate ball with the University of Louisville. The Dallas Mavericks chose him in the second round of the 1986 draft, with the 35th overall pick. He was waived before the start of the season, and eventually signed on with the Los Angeles Lakers prior to the 1987-88 season.

Wagner spent 40 games with the Lakers that season, playing around 10 minutes per contest and averaging four points, a rebound, and 1.5 assists. He played with the CBA's Rapid City Thrillers for the 1988-89 season.

Miami rolled the dice on Wagner in 1990-91, signing him to a free agent contract before training camp. In 13 games for the Heat, he shot 24-for-57 from the field (.421), also draining six three pointers and dishing out 15 assists during his time there. In terms of impact, his best game came on November 6th in a 106-94 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, where he scored 15 points on seven-of-14 shooting with three rebounds, three blocks and an assist in 23 minutes of action. The team waived him on December 5th.

Wagner rejoined the CBA after his NBA time, playing first with the Quad City Thunder. He later played professionally in France, Israel and Germany.

Stat Line: 13 games, 116 minutes, 24-of-57, six-of-17 three-pointers, nine-of-11 free throws, 63 points, 15 assists, seven rebounds, three blocks, two steals.

Cumulative GameScore: 31.0