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30 Years of Heat: All-Time All-Player Countdown #120-118

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Luke Babbitt headlines today’s countdown, along with two other Heat players from years past.

Miami Heat vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

120. Luke Babbitt

Babbitt, a 6’9”, 225 lb. sharp-shooting forward from Cincinnati, Ohio, was born on June 20th, 1989. The Minnesota Timberwolves selected him in the first round of the 2010 NBA Draft, with the 16th overall choice after two seasons at the University of Nevada. He averaged 19.4 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 37.1 minutes per game. He also shot .421 from three-point distance. The Wolves traded him immediately to the Portland Trail Blazers with Ryan Gomes for Martell Webster.

Babbitt played in 126 games over the next three seasons with the Blazers, then signed on as a free agent with the New Orleans Pelicans on February 4th, 2014. He spent most of three seasons in the Big Easy, appearing in 137 games. During the 2016 offseason, the Pelicans traded Babbitt to the Heat for cash considerations and a 2018 second round pick.

Babbitt ranked seventh on the team by appearing in 68 contests, starting 55 times. He played 15.7 minutes per game, and led the team by shooting .414 from three-point distance (not counting Josh McRoberts’ 13-for-31 in limited action). Babbitt averaged 4.8 points, 2.1 rebounds, and 0.5 assists.

Those familiar with Hot Hot Hoops will remember the “Five Stars” series that I author for every game throughout the regular season and playoffs for the last three seasons. Babbitt only earned a “Five Star” once through the season, on January 13th in a 116-108 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. Babbitt shot four-for-seven from deep to finish with 16 points, along with four rebounds, two blocks, and two assists in 32 minutes on the court. After that loss, famously, the Heat embarked on a 13-game winning streak. Contained therein was Babbitt’s second best game of the season, in a 105-102 victory over the Golden State Warriors. Babbitt helped take the Western Conference Champions down a peg with an 11 point, six rebound performance.

According to rotoworld.com, Babbitt is not a priority for the Heat this offseason, and they’ll probably let him walk if anyone offers him more than the league minimum.

Stat Line: 68 games, 15.7 minutes, .431 field goals, .414 three-pointers, .759 free throws, 4.8 points, 2.1 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 8.4 PER, 1.8 Win Shares.

Cumulative GameScore: 201.4

119. John Crotty

John Crotty was a 6'1" point guard from Orange, NJ. Born on July 15th, 1969, the graduate of Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft, NJ earned national attention by making the McDonald's All American team as a senior. He played with the University of Virginia Cavaliers for four college seasons. Over his last two years, he averaged 16 points and six assists per appearance.After going undrafted out of Virginia, he didn't play professionally the next season, signing a free agent contract with the Utah Jazz during the 1992 offseason.

Crotty played 205 games over three seasons with the Jazz. He latched on with the Cleveland Cavaliers for 58 games in 1995-96. The Cavs released him after the season. Miami signed him to consecutive 10-day contracts and eventually for the rest of the season on January 9th, 1997.

Crotty played 48 games for the Heat, shooting 51.3% from the field and 40.8% from deep. He scored about five points per game along with just over two assists. He scored more than nine points just six times during his stay in South Beach. On January 27th, in a 125-97 win over the Phoenix Suns, he scored a season high 18 points with five assists and three rebounds. Later, he appeared in 15 playoff games with the team, scoring 37 points with 11 rebounds and 11 assists in 125 total minutes played. Miami lost the Eastern Conference Finals in five games to the Chicago Bulls.

Crotty left Miami via free agency in July soon after the conclusion of the NBA's postseason. He signed on with the Portland TrailBlazers (29 games), then the Seattle SuperSonics (24 games), the Detroit Pistons (69 games), the Utah Jazz (72 games) and the Denver Nuggets (12 games). Since his retirement, he’s been with the Heat as a broadcaster, both on the radio and on the television.

Stat Line: 48 games, 13.7 minutes, .513 field goals, .408 three-pointers, .844 free throws, 4.8 points, 2.1 assists, 1.0 rebounds, 14.3 PER, 2.4 Win Shares.

Cumulative GameScore: 203.4

118. Shawne Williams

Williams is a 6’9”, 225 lb. forward and shooting guard from Memphis, Tennessee. Born on February 16th, 1986, he was chosen in the first round of the 2006 NBA Draft by the Indiana Pacers with the 17th overall selection.

Williams played two seasons with the Pacers (111 games), later appearing with the Dallas Mavericks (15), the New York Knicks (64 games), the New Jersey Nets (25 games), Guangzhou Liu Sui, and the Los Angeles Lakers (36 games). On August 1st, 2014, he joined the Heat through free agency.

Williams started in half of his 44 appearances for the Heat, averaging a career high 21.0 minutes. On November 1st, he played 29 minutes in an 18-point win over the Philadelphia 76ers, and scored 15 points with four assists and four rebounds. Two weeks later in an 11-point loss to the Atlanta Hawks, he scored a season-high 21 points on eight-of-11 shooting, including five-of-six from outside along with six boards, an assist, a block, and a steal. Two days before Christmas, he scored 17 with five rebounds in a four-point loss to the Sixers.

As part of a 3-team trade, traded by the Miami Heat with Norris Cole and Justin Hamilton to the New Orleans Pelicans; the Miami Heat traded Danny Granger, a 2017 1st round draft pick and a 2021 1st round draft pick to the Phoenix Suns; the New Orleans Pelicans traded John Salmons to the Phoenix Suns; and the Phoenix Suns traded Goran Dragic and Zoran Dragic to the Miami Heat. (2017 1st-round pick is top-7 protected) - basketball-reference.com

The Pelicans waived Williams three days later, and the Detroit Pistons claimed him. He came off the bench for 19 games with Detroit, playing 8.6 minutes per game. Williams has not appeared in an NBA game since that time.

Stat Line: 44 games, 21.0 minutes, .425 field goals, .395 three-pointers, .848 free throws, 6.6 points, 3.2 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.5 steals, 11.2 PER, 2.0 Win Shares.

Cumulative GameScore: 204.0