172. John Morton
John Morton, also sometimes known as "Salt," was a 6'3" small forward from Bronx, NY. Born on May 18th, 1967, he was the Cleveland Cavaliers first round selection in the 1989 draft, 25th overall out of Seton Hall.
Over two full seasons and part of a third, Morton averaged 15.5 minutes over 107 contests. An average game consisted of five points, three assists, and one board. Cleveland waived him on November 14th, 1991, where the Heat claimed him just over a week later.
Morton appeared in 21 games for Miami, shooting just over 40% from the field in just north of 10 minutes per game. On March 6th, he hit eight-of-12 field goals with two rebounds, two steals, and three assists, scoring 16 points against the Chicago Bulls in 31 minutes of a 123-81 Miami loss.
After a stint with the CBA's Rapid City Thrillers, Morton went on to play professionally in Spain, Italy, and the Philippines. He is currently an assistant coach with the Fordham University Rams.
Stat Line: 21 games, 10.3 minutes, .407 field goal percentage, .133 three-point percentage, .828 free throw percentage, 4.4 points, 1.3 assists, 0.9 rebounds.
Cumulative GameScore: 54.0
171. Clinton Wheeler
Clinton Wheeler, born October 27th, 1959, was a 6'1" point guard from Neptune, NJ. After two seasons of collegiate basketball with William Paterson University, a junior college, the Kansas City Kings chose him in the seventh round of the 1981 draft, with the 150th overall pick. He was later waived by the Kings, then picked up and subsequently waived several times by the New York Knicks. He wouldn't make his NBA debut until he was 28 years old, with the Indiana Pacers in 1987-88. He scored 2.5 points and 1.7 assists over 59 contests with the Pacers.
Left unprotected in the 1988 expansion draft, the New Orleans Hornets chose Wheeler. They let him go soon afterward. He later was signed and released by the Denver Nuggets. Miami got him for $100,000 on December 4th. In eight games with the Heat, he shot 57.1% from the field, draining 24-of-42 shots. In a 121-110 Heat loss to the Denver Nuggets on December 9th, he scored 13 points with four rebounds and six assists in 25 minutes of game action. Despite a promising showing, the Heat waived him two days after Christmas.
The Portland Trail Blazers picked Wheeler up soon thereafter, where he would make his last career NBA appearances (20 games). He also played in Germany, with the USBL, and with the CBA, most recently with the Rapid City Thrillers in 1994-95.
Stat Line: eight games, 17.9 minutes, .571 field goal percentage, .800 field goal percentage, 7.0 points, 2.6 assists, 1.5 rebounds, 1.0 steals.
Cumulative GameScore: 54.1
170. Brent Barry
Brent Barry, sometimes called "Bones," was a 6'6" shooting guard. Born in Hempstead, NY on the last day of 1971, the Oregon State Alum (Class of 1995) was selected in the first round soon after graduation by the Denver Nuggets, with the 15th overall pick. Soon thereafter, they sent him with Rodney Rogers to the Los Angeles Clippers for Antonio McDyess and Randy Woods.
Barry played in parts of three seasons with the Clippers, averaging 10 points, two rebounds and three assists in 24 minutes per game. On February 19th, 1998, the Clippers dealt him to the Heat for Isaac Austin, Charles Smith, and a draft pick. He averaged 15 minutes per appearance over 17 games for the Heat. He scored 4.1 points per contest, shooting 37% from the field and 35% from three-point distance. He meant a lot more to the Clippers than he did to the Heat, as his best game with Miami ranked as his 19th best effort of the season (according to his season's gamescores on www.basketball-reference.com). For reference, it was a 109-77 Heat win over the Houston Rockets in which Barry scored seven points with three rebounds, three steals, two blocks and an assist on March 29th. Miami released him after the season.
Barry signed on with the Chicago Bulls for the next season (37 games). After that, he played with the Seattle SuperSonics for five seasons (362 games), the San Antonio Spurs for four seasons (261 games), and one season with the Houston Rockets (56 games). He has since appeared in broadcasting, most recently on “The Starters,” a show on NBA TV.
Stat Line: 17 games, 15.2 minutes, .371 field goal percentage, .353 three-point percentage, 1.000 free throw percentage, 4.1 points, 1.6 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.8 steals.
Cumulative GameScore: 55.5
169. Terrence Rencher
Terrence Rencher was a 6'3" point guard from Bronx, NY. Born on February 19th, 1973, he played for the University of Texas at Austin, with the graduating class of 1995. The Washington Bullets picked him up in the second round that year, with the 32nd overall pick. Washington sent him along with Rex Chapman directly to the Heat for Ed Stokes and Jeff Webster.
Rencher signed with Miami for $200,000. He hit 32.3% of his field goal attempts while with the club, including 31% from three-point range over 34 games. On November 24th, he scored eight points on three-for-three shooting, along with three rebounds and three assists in 22 minutes as the Heat dropped one to the Bullets, 110-94. On February 22nd, the Heat traded him to the Phoenix Suns for Tony Smith.
Rencher only played in two games for Phoenix, later appearing in the CBA, Croatia, Italy, Germany, Israel, and Greece. He went into coaching in 2009, and is currently an assistant with the University of New Mexico.
Stat Line: 34 games, 11.7 minutes, .323 field goal percentage, .310 three-point percentage, 3.0 points, 1.6 assists, 1.2 rebounds, 0.5 steals.
Cumulative GameScore: 56.6