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30 Years of Heat: All-Time All-Player Countdown #180-177

Today’s countdown features Blake Ahearn, Wesley Person, Roger Mason, and Luke Jackson

Blake Ahearn

180. Blake Ahearn

Blake Ahearn, a 6'2" point guard from St. Louis, Missouri, was a four year starter in Southwest Missouri State. Born on May 27th, 1984, he made his professional debut with the 2007-08 Dakota Wizards, in the NBA D-League. Miami signed him to the first of two 10-day contracts on March 20th, eventually inking with the team through the balance of the season.

Ahearn scored 70 points over 12 games with the Heat, hitting 15-of-57 shots from the field. He would rank first on Miami's all-time leaderboard for free throw percentage with more attempts, making 30 of his 31 tries (96.8%). In an 85-69 loss to the Detroit Pistons on March 27th, he scored a career high 15 points with four rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Ahearn later went on to appear in three game with the San Antonio Spurs the next season, making his final NBA appearance to date with the 2011-12 Utah Jazz(four games). He has spent the balance of his career all across the NBA D-League with six different teams, averaging 20 points and five assists through 186 games. He has also appeared with Estudiantes Madrid, Teramo Basket, the Dongguan Leopard, Budivelnyk Kyiv, and Capitanes de Arecibo.

Stat Line: 12 games, 14.8 minutes, .263 field goal percentage, .294 three-point percentage, .968 free throw percentage, 5.8 points, 1.6 rebound, 1.6 assists, and 0.5 steals per game.

Cumulative GameScore: 38.7

179. Wesley Person

Born March 28th, 1971, Wesley Person was a 6'6" shooting guard from Crenshaw, AL. He graduated from Auburn University with the Class of 1994 after having averaged 35 minutes, 19 points, seven rebounds, and three assists per game.

Person was picked by the Phoenix Suns in the first round of that seasons' draft, with the 23rd overall pick. Person joined older brother Chuck in the NBA, spending his first three professional seasons with the Suns. He would average 12.2 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game while with the team.

Person later spent time with the Cleveland Cavaliers (328 games), the Memphis Grizzlies (82 games), the Portland Trail Blazers (33 games), and the Atlanta Hawks (nine games). He signed a two-year/$3,360,000 contract with Miami before the start of 2004-05 training camp.

With Miami that season, he played 16 games for the Heat at small forward, starting three of them. He shot 44% from the floor, averaging 13 minutes per appearance. On November 14th, he hit four-of-six field goal attempts, with two rebounds, an assist and a steal in 15 minutes as the Heat defeated the Milwaukee Bucks, 112-110. The Heat waived him on March 1st, but would continue to pay him for a while longer. The Denver Nuggets took on Person a few days afterward in free agency. He would play 25 games with the franchise to close out his NBA resume.

Stat Line: 16 games, 12.9 minutes, .439 field goal percentage, .381 three-point percentage, 1.000 free throw percentage, 3.9 points, 1.4 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.4 steals.

Cumulative GameScore: 43.4

178. Roger Mason

Mason was a 6’5”, 200 lb. guard and small forward from Washington, D.C., was born on September 10th, 1980. In three seasons with the University of Virginia, he averaged 13.8 points, three rebounds, and 2.6 assists in 29.6 minutes per game. The Chicago Bulls selected him in the second round of the 2002 NBA Draft, with the 30th overall selection.

Mason only played in 20 games over two seasons for the Bulls, totaling 33 points, 15 rebounds, 15 assists, and five steals. He also played with the Toronto Raptors (23 games), the Washington Wizards (194 games), the San Antonio Spurs (161 games), the New York Knicks (26 games) and the New Orleans Hornets (69 games).

On September 27th, 2013, Mason signed a contract through free agency to play for Miami. He played in 25 games for the Heat that season, starting twice and averaging 10.4 minutes, 3.0 points, 0.9 rebounds, 0.8 assists, and 0.2 steals per game. He shot .373 from the field and .354 from three point distance.

Mason’s best two games with Miami came on back-to-back nights. On December 7th in a 21-point victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves, he made four-of-five shots in four minutes, scoring nine points. The next night, in a 15-point win against the Detroit Pistons, he made five-of-seven shots with a rebound and two assists, scoring 12 points in 23 minutes.

On February 20th, the Heat traded him with cash to the Sacramento Kings for a 2015 second round conditional pick. The Kings waived him two days later. He hasn’t appeared professionally since that time.

Stat Line: 25 games, 10.4 minutes, .373 field goal percentage, .354 three-point percentage, 1.000 free throw percentage, 3.0 points, 0.9 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.2 steals per game.

Cumulative GameScore: 44.7

177. Luke Jackson

Luke Jackson is a 6'7" small forward from Eugene, OR. The lefty, born on November 6th, 1981, played four seasons with the University of Oregon Ducks in college. After graduating with the Class of 2004, the Cleveland Cavaliers selected him in the first round of the draft, with the 10th overall selection.

Jackson spent two seasons in Cleveland, as injuries limited him to only 46 appearances. He scored three points and a rebound in eight minutes of action on an average night with the Cavaliers. In 2006-07, he made appearances with the Los Angeles Clippers (three games) and the Toronto Raptors (10 games).

Jackson signed on with Miami a few games into the 2007-08 campaign for $279,415. He played 15 minutes in his first appearance for the club on December 13th, scoring four points (on two-of-six shooting) with three rebounds and two assists in a 104-91 Heat loss to the Washington Wizards. He would go on to register in double digits four times over his 14 game Heat career, including 14 points on three occasions. His best night came on January 29th, when he hit four-of-five three-point attempts with two rebounds and a steal in a 117-87 loss to the Boston Celtics.

Stat Line: 14 games, 16.3 minutes, .325 field goal percentage, .367 three-point percentage, .696 free throw percentage, 5.6 points, 2.4 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.6 steals per game.

Cumulative GameScore: 45.4