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30 Years of Heat: All-Time All-Player Countdown #168-165

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Four more players on the road to Wade County.

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Dexter Pittman played in 41 games for Miami.
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168. Kasib Powell

Kasib Powell was a 6'7" small forward from Teaneck, NJ. Born on March 18th, 1981, he was signed and waived by the Minnesota Timberwolves, Miami, the Chicago Bulls, the Orlando Magic, and the Memphis Grizzlies before making his NBA debut. Before joining the Heat in the 2007-08 season, he also spent time in the NBA D-League, Greece, and Russia.

Powell shot 37% from the field and grabbed 44 rebounds over 11 games with the Heat. On April 8th, he came off the bench to play 37 minutes against the Chicago Bulls, scoring a career high 18 points on eight-for-16 shooting, including two three-pointers. He also collected six rebounds and three assists in the eventual 95-88 Heat win.

The Heat chose not to retain Powell's services beyond the season, and no other team has seen fit to extend him as much as an invitation to summer camp. He has since appeared in professional leagues in China, Sweden, and Germany. Currently, he’s an assistant coach with the Sioux Falls Skyforce in the NBA D-League.

Stat Line: 11 games, 27.6 minutes, .368 field goal percentage, .242 three-point percentage, .667 free throw percentage, 7.6 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.8 steals, 9.0 PER, 0.0 Win Shares.

Cumulative GameScore: 57.5

167. Anfernee Hardaway

Anfernee Hardaway, commonly called "Penny," was a point guard out of the University of Memphis. Born on July 18th, 1971, the 6'7" native of Memphis, TN was selected in the first round of the 1993 draft, third overall by the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors traded him along with 1996, 1998, and 2000 first round picks (Todd Fuller, Vince Carter, and Mike Miller) for Chris Webber.

Hardaway made four all-NBA teams while on the Magic, averaging 19 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 6.3 assists in 37 minutes per contest over his first six NBA seasons. He later played for four and a half seasons with the Phoenix Suns(12.4 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.2 assists in 32 minutes per game), and two and a half with the New York Knicks (8.2 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.9 assists in 26 minutes per game). He sat out the 2006-07 season, "retired."

Hardaway signed for the veteran minimum to play with the Heat on December 12th, 2007. He played 16 games for Miami, starting eight at the small forward position. He shot better from three point range (eight-for-19, .421) than he did overall (22-for-60, .367) with 35 rebounds, 35 assists and 19 steals. November 11th would see him score five points with five rebounds, six assists and four steals in a 75-72 win over the New York Knicks. On November 17th, he went perfect from the field, including four from downtown in a 91-87 win over the New Jersey Nets. The Heat let him go on December 12th.

Since his release, Hardaway has worked to promote sports in Memphis. He has developed a $20 million multi-sports facility, helped put together the Bluff City Classic (a summer basketball league), and joined an ownership group which tried to purchase a minority stake in the Memphis Grizzlies.

Stat Line: 16 games, 20.3 minutes, .367 field goal percentage, .421 three-point percentage, .889 free throw percentage, 3.8 points, 2.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.2 steals, 9.0 PER, 0.2 Win Shares.

Cumulative GameScore: 59.7

166. Dexter Pittman

Dexter Pittman is a 6'11", 300+ pound center from Rosenburg, TX. Born on March 2nd, 1988, the University of Texas product played four seasons for the Longhorns, averaging 10 points and six rebounds per game during his senior season, graduating with the Class of 2010. The Heat picked him in the second round of the draft that year, with the 32nd overall pick.

Pittman spent a large portion of his professional career to this point with the NBA D-League's Sioux Falls Skyforce. He appeared in two NBA games his rookie season. His most positive impact occured in the Heat's final game, a 97-79 win over the Toronto Raptors, when he scored two points with a rebound in nine minutes.

2011-12 would see Pittman earn more substantial playing time with Miami, appearing 35 times and shooting 47% from the floor. Even though he was still used comparatively sparingly (8.6 minutes per game), he saved his best efforts for when the Heat gave him more playing time. He played in a season second-most 18 minutes on April 13th in a 105-82 win over the Charlotte Bobcats, scoring 16 points on seven-of-11 shooting. He played eight minutes spread over three games in the playoffs, blocking one shot and making one assist (with two personal fouls) on Miami's road to their first of their two consecutive NBA titles.

In 2012-13, Pittman barely sniffed the paint for Miami, playing a total of 12 minutes over four games and scoring six points with seven rebounds. On February 21st, the Heat traded him to the Memphis Grizzlies with cash considerations and a draft pick for Ricky Sanchez. He scored two points with five rebounds over 20 minutes with the Grizz, getting waived by the team after the season. He then played for the San Antonio Spurs at the following NBA Summer League.

Since then, Pittman has played with the Fonshan Long Lions, the Austin Toros, two games with the Atlanta Hawks, Caciques de Humacao, TED Ankara Kolejiller, Virtus Bologna, Santeros de Aguada, and is currently with the Toyama Grouses in the Japanese B.League.

Stat Line: 41 games, 7.9 minutes, .471 field goal percentage, .643 free throw percentage, 2.8 points, 1.2 rebounds, 10.1 PER, 0.6 Win Shares.

Cumulative GameScore: 61.4

165. Blue Edwards

Blue Edwards was a 6'4" small forward from Washington D.C. Born on Halloween, 1965, he averaged 27 points per game his senior year with the Eastern Carolina Pirates. The Utah Jazz picked him in the first round, 21st overall in the 1989 draft.

Edwards spent 225 games over three seasons with the Jazz. He joined the Milwaukee Bucks for two seasons starting in 1992-93. He played every game during his time in Milwaukee, averaging career highs with 16.9 points and 4.7 rebounds his first season. After splitting 1994-95 between the Boston Celtics (31 games) and the Jazz (36), he joined the Vancouver Grizzlies for three seasons.

Edwards signed with the Heat on February 14, 1999 for two-years and $1,360,000. He played in 24 games through the remainder of the 1998-99 season, playing 12 minutes and scoring three points per appearance. On February 24th, he scored 12 points on four-of-seven shooting with three rebounds and four assists, playing 31 minutes of a 91-83 win over the Charlotte Hornets. He played at least two seasons in Greece after his short stay in Miami came to an end.

Stat Line: 24 games, 11.8 minutes, .444 field goal percentage, .400 three-point percentage, .692 free throw percentage, 3.2 points, 1.4 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.7 steals, 12.2 PER, 0.4 Win Shares.

Cumulative GameScore: 61.8