176. Greg Oden
Greg Oden was born on January 22nd, 1988 in Buffalo, New York, and matured into a 7’, 250 lb. center. After one season at Ohio State yielded 15.7 points on .616 shooting, with 9.6 rebounds over 32 games, the Portland Trail Blazers chose him with the first overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft. He then sat out what should have been his rookie season after microfracture surgery.
Oden reported to camp for his “rookie” season 40 pounds heavier than advertised, around 290 lbs. appeared in 61 contests for the 2008-09 Blazers, starting 39 times and playing 21.5 minutes per game. He shot .564 from the field as a rookie, averaging 8.9 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks per contest. He missed five weeks of the season with a series of injuries.
He looked to be poised for growth in the 2009-10 season, but after just 21 games had to be shelved for another microfracture surgery (because the first one went so well). It turned out to be the second of ultimately three such procedures. He didn’t appear in another NBA game for almost four calendar years, and the Blazers waived him on March 15th, 2012.
Oden signed with the Heat on August 7th, 2013. He appeared in 23 injury riddled games for Miami, averaging 2.9 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 0.6 blocks in 9.2 minutes per game. He shot .551 from the field for Miami. On March 18th in a four-point win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, Oden scored six points with three rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 14 minutes. In none of his appearances with the Heat did he score more than nine points, and he never pulled down more than six rebounds.
After playing 2015-16 with the Jiangsu Dragons, Oden announced his retirement just as the 2016-17 season was getting started.
Stat Line: 23 games, 9.2 minutes, .577 field goal percentage, .565 free throw percentage, 2.9 points, 2.3 rebounds, 0.6 blocks.
Cumulative GameScore: 50.1
175. Gerald Fitch
Gerald Fitch, born August 12th, 1982, was a 6'3" point guard from Columbus, GA. He played four seasons of college ball for the University of Kentucky Wildcats, averaging 11 points, four rebounds, and two assists in 26 minutes per game. He was not drafted, and left the Wildcats after graduating with the Class of 2004. In October, the Washington Wizards signed him to a free agent contract, but he did not make it out of training camp, getting waived the day before the season started. He ended up playing abroad that year, seeing time with Cibona Zagreb and with Khimik Yuzhny.
Prior to the 2005-06 season, the Heat signed Fitch to a free agent contract for $359,858. He played just over a quarter per appearance, getting into 18 games total, including one start. He shot 33.7% from the field with occasional three points attempts, also making 33 assists and grabbing 30 boards. On December 20th, he scored a career high 15 points on four-of-seven shooting, pitching in with five rebounds, two assists and a steal in a 111-92 Heat win over the Atlanta Hawks. On January 6th, he passed out a career high six assists in just over a half of action, scoring five points and grabbing four rebounds in a loss, 111-93 to the Phoenix Suns. On February 23rd, Miami traded him to the Houston Rockets for Derek Anderson and a trade exception.
Fitch has yet to reappear on an NBA roster since then. He has spent his post-NBA playing career with Galatasaray Cafe Crown, Pallacanestro Cantu, Kepez Bld Antalya, Baloncesto Fuenlabrada, Aliaga Petkim, Uicaja Malaga, Strasourg IG, Foshan Long Lions, Mersin BB, Pirates de Quebradillas, Marinos de Anzoategi, and San Lorenzo de Almagro.
Stat Line: 18 games, 13.3 minutes, .337 field goal percentage, .269 three-point percentage, .739 free throw percentage, 4.7 points, 1.8 assists, 1.7 rebounds.
Cumulative GameScore: 50.5
174. Terrel Harris
Terrel Harris is a 6'5" shooting guard from Dallas, TX. Born on August 10th, 1987, he played four seasons collegiately with the Oklahoma State Cowboys. Undrafted, he signed a free agent contract to play with Miami after the 2011 lockout reached its conclusion. On January 5th, he played 44 minutes of a three-overtime, 116-109 win over the Atlanta Hawks, scoring nine points with four assists and a career high 14 rebounds. On April 6th, in a 97-82 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, he scored 10 points with six rebounds and four assists. In four postseason appearances, he scored five points with four rebounds in 10 minutes. It wasn't much, but it was enough for him to share in Miami's second ever NBA Championship.
In 2012-13, Harris started out the season with Miami. He played 29 minutes over parts of seven games before getting waived on January 5th. He later played in 13 contests with the New Orleans Hornets, and later signed with the Portland Trail Blazers, but did not appear in a game.
Since then, Harris appeared with the Texas Legends and the Bakersfield Jam in the D-League, and for the last three seasons has played in the Israeli Super League for Maccabi Ashdod.
Stat Line: 29 games, 12.0 minutes, .341 field goal percentage, .200 three-point percentage, .690 free throw percentage, 3.1 points, 2.1 rebounds, 1.0 assists.
Cumulative GameScore: 52.6
173. Wang Zhizhi
Wang Zhizhi was a 7' center from Beijing, China. Born to basketball gifted parents on July 8th, 1977, he played with the Chinese Basketball Association Bayi Rockets for six seasons after completing his initial hitch in the Army. In the midst of his time with Bayi, the Dallas Mavericks spent a second round pick on Zhizhi in the 1999 draft, with the 36th overall pick.
He wouldn't join the NBA team until near the end of the 2001-02 season, playing in five regular season and five playoff games for Dallas. He played 63 games with the team the following season, including eight playoff matchups.
After 43 games over parts of two seasons with the Los Angeles Clippers, the Heat inked him to a free agent deal ultimately worth $1,275,989 over two seasons beginning midway through the 2003-04 campaign, averaging three points and one rebound in 7.5 minutes per game. On January 23rd, he scored a season high 11 points with two rebounds and a steal in an 85-64 triumph over the New Jersey Nets. In three playoff matches against the New Orleans Hornets (two wins, one loss), he made one assist, one personal foul, and turned the ball over once in seven minutes of time on the floor.
In 2004-05, Zhizhi averaged two points and one rebound in four and a half minutes per game, getting into 20 games for Miami. On February 22nd, in a 105-101 loss to the Chicago Bulls, he scored 11 points with two rebounds and two steals in 19 minutes of action. On April 8th, his NBA career came to a close with four points, three rebounds and three assists in a 97-81 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies.
After his tenure with the Heat ended, Zhizhi rejoined his old outfit in the CBA, the Bayi Rockets. He played 11 seasons in his second hitch with the team, retiring after 2016.
Stat Line: 34 games, 97 minutes, 34-for-81, six-for-17 three-pointers, .667 free throws, 86 points, 32 rebounds, seven assists, six blocks, six steals.
Cumulative GameScore: 53.9