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30 Years of Heat: All-Time All-Player Countdown: #117-115

Three more Heat players from years gone by, including center Earl Barron

117. Earl Barron

Earl Barron is a 7' center from Clarksdale, MS. Born on August 14, 1981, the University of Memphis graduate signed his first contract with the Orlando Magic in 2004, but failed to get into a live game. He would sign a three-year, $1.8 million contract with the Heat as a free agent on October 8th, 2005.

Barron only played in eight games that season, never appearing for more than three minutes until the final two games of the season, both losses. As the Heat lost to the Atlanta Hawks, 103-100 on April 18th, Barron played 15 minutes, scoring six points with three rebounds and five personal fouls. Miami went 52-30, going on to win their first NBA title, but Barron did not play.

In 2006-07, Barron averaged two points and two rebounds in eight minutes per contest, appearing 28 times. His best effort of the season came on November 18th, when he scored 15 points on six-of-nine shooting along with six rebounds in a 106-86 loss to the San Antonio Spurs. The team won the division with a 44-38 record, but we're swept in four games by the Chicago Bulls to open the playoffs.

Barron started 15 games in 2007-08, appearing in 46 overall. He averaged seven points and four rebounds in 19 minutes per game. He would score in double figures 16 times, and broke 20 points twice. On April 11th, he threw in a career high 22 by sinking nine-of-13 from the field in a 96-91 loss to the slightly less bad Memphis Grizzlies. Miami's 15-67 record was the worst in the league.

In 2008-09, Barron was not a part of any NBA roster, appearing instead with the NBA D-League Los Angeles D-fenders. He would go on to play in limited roles with the New York Knicks (seven games, 12 PPG), the Phoenix Suns (12 games), the Milwaukee Bucks (seven games), the Portland Trail Blazers (two games), the Golden State Warriors (two games), and the Washington Wizards (11 games) before returning to the Knicks for one monster game near the end of the 2012-13 campaign (11 points, 18 rebounds in 37 minutes). He joined the Phoenix Suns for 16 games in 2014-15, and later played with the Futon Braves and the Toyama Grouses overseas, and has recently rejoined the Braves.

The first time I wrote up every Heat player, during the Summer of 2013, Barron ranked as #199 of 199 players, due to his -0.8 Win Shares. Using the GameScore metric has been kind to him and his time with the Heat.

Stat Line: 82 games, 13.9 minutes, .378 field goals, .071 three pointers, .743 free throws, 4.9 points, 3.0 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 8.4 PER, -0.8 Win Shares

Cumulative GameScore: 204.1

116. Kendall Gill

Kendall Gill was a 6'5" shooting guard from Chicago, IL. Born on May 25th, 1968, he played four seasons for the University of Illinois, graduating in 1990 with a 20 point average for his senior season. The Charlotte Hornets selected him in the first round of that season's draft with the fifth overall pick.

Gill played three seasons for Charlotte (230 games), later playing with the Seattle Supersonics (152 games), the Hornets again (36 games), and the New Jersey Nets (331 games). He signed with the Heat prior to the 2001-02 season for $1,538,000.

For Miami, Gill started 49 games that season at shooting guard, appearing in 65 games overall. He averaged six points and three rebounds in 22 minutes per contest, shooting 38.4% from the field. He broke double digits a total of 12 times while with the team. On February 12th, he scored 12 points with seven assists in a 102-80 win over the Chicago Bulls. He didn't stay with the Heat for a second season.

Gill went on to play three more NBA seasons with the Minnesota TimberWolves (82 games), the Chicago Bulls (56 games), and the Milwaukee Bucks (14 games). After retirement, he went into professional boxing for a while, and after working with WGN on Chicago Bulls broadcasts for a little while, resurfaced with CSN in 2015.

Stat Line: 65 games, 21.7 minutes, .384 field goals, .136 three pointers, .677 free throws, 5.7 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists 0.7 steals, 7.6 PER, 0.7 Win Shares

Cumulative GameScore: 209.2

115. Ledell Eackles

Leadell Eackles, sometimes known as the "A-Train," is a 6'5" shooting guard from Baton Rouge, LA born on November 24th, 1966. After two collegiate seasons with the University of New Orleans, he declared early for the 1988 NBA Draft. His confidence paid off with a second round selection, 36th overall, by the Washington Bullets.

Eackles played four seasons with Washington, playing in 290 contests. During his first stop in DC, he averaged 12.7 points, 2.3 rebounds, and two assists in 21.5 minutes per contest. After spending 1992-93 in the Continental Basketball Association, the Bullets waived his NBA rights.

Before the 1994-95 season, the Heat signed Eackles to a $150,000 free agent contract. He started six games at shooting guard that season, appearing in 54 overall. He averaged seven points, two boards and a helper in just under 17 minutes per night. He scored in double figures 16 times for the Heat during the season. On November 12th, in a 109-99 loss to the Bullets, he scored a team high 22 on eight-of-nine shooting, hitting both of his three-point attempts. He seemed to save his best efforts for his former team. On March 5th, Miami beat the Bullets 103-90, as Eackles scored a team high 17 points with four rebounds and three assists.

Eackles rejoined the Bullets for 55 games in 1995-96. After spending the 1996-97 season in Israel, he rejoined Washington, now known as the Wizards, for a third time. He played 42 games with the team, his last NBA experience. He had two sons appear in Division I NCAA basketball.

Stat Line: 54 games, 16.6 minutes, .439 field goals, .439 three-pointers, .722 free throws, 7.3 points, 1.8 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 12.1 PER, 1.0 Win Shares.

Cumulative GameScore: 234.3