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30 Years of Heat: All-Time All-Player Countdown #164-161

Two from Ohio, one from Indiana, and a power forward from the Bronx are featured in today’s countdown.

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Ed Pinckney, pictured here with the Kings, comes in at number 163 in the all-time countdown.

164. Todd Mitchell

Todd Mitchell was a 6'7" small forward from Toledo, OH. Born on July 26, 1966, the product of Purdue University was selected in the second round of the 1988 draft by the Denver Nuggets, 43rd overall.

After averaging 14 points and six rebounds over four seasons with the Boilermakers, Mitchell failed to make the Nuggets out of training camp. On New Years Eve, he signed the first of two 10-day contracts with Miami. On January 12th, he played a career high 35 minutes in a 106-100 loss to the Washington Bullets, scoring nine points with five assists, four steals and three rebounds. He scored a career high 15, mostly from the foul line, on February 19th in a 117-92 loss to the Denver Nuggets. He also pitched in with five rebounds and a steal. Miami waived him on February 24th.

The San Antonio Spurs gave Mitchell a shot less than a week later. He suited up for a grand total of two games before earning his walking papers. He later played professionally in Israel, France, and Greece.

Stat Line: 22 games, 14.5 minutes, .466 field goal percentage, .600 free throw percentage, 5.4 points, 2.1 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 0.7 steals, 8.8 PER, -0.2 Win Shares.

Cumulative GameScore: 62.4

163. Ed Pinckney

Ed Pinckney was a 6'9" power forward from the Bronx in New York City, NY. Born on March 27th, 1963, he played collegiate ball with Villanova, starting for four seasons. He averaged 15 points, nine rebounds, and two assistsin 34 minutes per game. After graduating with the Class of 1985, the Phoenix Suns selected him with the 10th overall pick of that seasons draft.

Pinckney spent two seasons with the Suns (160 games), followed by stints with the Sacramento Kings (130 games), the Boston Celtics (340 games), the Milwaukee Bucks (62 games), the Toronto Raptors (47 games), and the Philadelphia 76ers (27 games). The Heat signed him for $300,000 prior to the 1996-97 season.

With Miami, Pinckney appeared 27 times, averaging just over a bucket in 10 minutes per game. He also pitched in an equal amount of rebounds. He only figured into double digits once, on February 6th in a 102-90 win over the Bucks, when he scored 11 points on four-of-six shooting with eight rebounds. Although he only appeared 27 times during the season, he stuck with the team through the whole year, making two postseason appearances (four points in six minutes).

Since his retirement, Pinckney has worked in broadcast and in coaching. He has coached with Villanova, the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Chicago Bulls, the Denver Nuggets, and the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Stat Line: 27 games, 10.1 minutes, .535 field goal percentage, .800 free throw percentage, 2.4 points, 2.4 rebounds, 0.3 steals, 0.3 blocks, 11.4 PER, 0.7 Win Shares

Cumulative GameScore: 63.5

162. Craig Neal

Craig Neal was a 6'5" point guard from Muncie, IN. Born on February 16th, 1964, the Georgia Tech graduate played five years of college ball with the Yellowjackets. He was initially selected in the third round of the 1988 draft by the Portland Trailblazers, with the 71st overall pick.

Neal scored a total of 25 points over 21 appearances with the Blazers, getting waived by the team on January 11th. The Heat signed him to two 10-day contracts before inking a deal for the remainder of the season. His best moment as a member of the struggling franchise was on February 24th, as he came off the bench for 14 minutes to score seven points with seven assists to guide the 7-44 Heat to their eighth win of the season, a 99-79 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers. He played in 32 games for Miami, shooting 38.6% rom the field, hitting 32% of his three-point attempts, and dishing out 86 assists. The Heat released him after the season.

After failing to earn a spot with the Chicago Bulls out of the 1990-91 training camp, Neal eventually joined the Denver Nuggets for 10 games late in the season, scoring 44 points with 37 assists in what would be his last NBA appearance. He went into the coaching ranks, and currently serves as the University of New Mexico Lobos head coach.

Stat Line: 32 games, 10.7 minutes, 38.6 field goal percentage, .320 three-point percentage, .619 free throw percentage, 2.8 points, 2.7 assists, 0.6 rebounds, 0.5 steals, 7.9 PER. -0.2 Win Shares.

Cumulative GameScore: 64.4

161. Gary Grant

Gary Grant, sometimes known as "The General," was a 6'3" point guard from Canton, OH. Born April 21st, 1965, the University of Michigan four year letterman averaged 22 points, four rebounds and six assists through his last two seasons on the floor. He was selected by the Seattle SuperSonics in the first round of the 1988 draft, with the 15th overall pick. Seattle traded him to the Los Angeles Clippers later that day.

Grant played 446 games (seventh in team history) over seven seasons with the Clippers, starting 228 of them. He averaged nine points and six assists during his time there, ranking amongst the NBA's leaders in assists per game in 1989-90 with 10.0 (fifth) and in 1990-91 with 8.6 (NBA eighth). Los Angeles released him in the summertime of 1995, when he was signed soon thereafter by the New York Knicks. He spent 47 games over one season with New York, averaging five points and two assists in 12 minutes per contest.

The Heat signed Grant to a contract for $500,000 for the 1996-97 campaign. He played around 13 minutes per game, shooting 35.5% from the field. On November 8th, in a 101-89 Heat win over the Milwaukee Bucks, he dished out a season high six assists to go with five points and two steals over 20 minutes. He played 24 minutes on December 4th in a 101-79 win over the Dallas Mavericks, scoring 11 with three boards, three dimes, and two steals. Miami traded him with Matt Fish and a conditional draft pick to the Sacramento Kings during the 1997 offseason for Duane Causwell. Sacramento waived him before the season started.

Grant sat out the first three-quarters of 1997-98 before the Portland Trail Blazers gave him a shot. He would spend 31 games with them over four seasons, retiring after the 2000-01 season. He later resurfaced in Greece, with club team Peristeri.

Stat Line: 28 games, 13.0 minutes, .355 field goal percentage, .304 three-point percentage, .818 free throw percentage, 3.9 points, 1.6 assists, 1.4 rebounds, 0.6 steals, 9.1 PER, 0.4 Win Shares.

Cumulative GameScore: 66.5