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30 Years of Heat: All-Time All-Player Countdown #156-153

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Okaro White and three other Heat players are featured in today’s countdown.

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

156. Justin Hamilton

Justin Hamilton is a 7’, 260 lb. center from Newport Beach, California. Born on April 1st, 1990, he was chosen in the second round of the 2012 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers, with the 45th overall selection after spending his senior season with the LSU Tigers. In Louisiana, he scored 12.9 points with 7.2 rebounds in 30.0 minutes per game.

The day after Hamilton’s selection, the Sixers sent him with two second round picks to the Heat for Arnett Moultrie. Failing to make it through camp, Hamilton signed on with KK Cibona and VEF Riga for the 2012-13 campaign. He rejoined the Heat in 2013 training camp, but again failed to catch on with the team. He signed instead with the Charlotte Bobcats, and played in one game for them near the beginning of March.

On March 14th, 2014, Hamilton signed for the remainder of the 2013-14 season to play for Miami. In seven games, he appeared for a total of 68 minutes, hitting nine-of-20 shots overall including three-of-nine from long distance. He ended up scoring 26 in total with seven rebounds and four steals. On April 16th, he scored seven points with three rebounds and two steal in 18 minutes as Miami was defeated, 100-87 by the Philadelphia 76ers.

Hamilton remained with Miami into the 2014-15 season. He started five times, appearing in 24 contests for the Heat overall. In 12.0 minutes per game, he averaged 2.8 points, 2.0 rebounds, and 0.5 helpers. On March 13th, in a 14-point loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, he dropped six-of-10 shots overall for 17 points, with 10 rebounds, three assists, three blocks, and three steals in 34 minutes. On April 11th, he scored a dozen points with 10 boards, three blocks, and three helpers in 31 minutes.

On February 19th, as part of a three-team trade between the Heat, the New Orleans Pelicans, and the Phoenix Suns, Hamilton was sent to New Orleans with Norris Cole and Shawne Williams. Miami also lost Danny Granger and a first round pick, picking up Goran and Zoran Dragic.

Hamilton never appeared on the court for the Pelicans, getting waived two weeks later and picked up by the Minnesota Timberwolves for 17 contests. He played the 2016-17 season with the Brooklyn Nets (64 games, 6.9 points, 4.1 rebounds, 0.9 assists per game).

Stat Line: 31 games, 11.5 minutes, .424 field goal percentage, .321 three-point percentage, .917 free throw percentage, 3.0 points, 1.8 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 0.4 steals, 10.3 PER, 0.6 Win Shares.

Cumulative GameScore: 70.7

155. Sean Marks

Sean Marks, a native of Auckland, New Zealand, was a 6'10" center and power forward. Born on August 23rd, 1975, he played four collegiate seasons with the California Bears. The New York Knicks chose him with their second round pick of the 1998 draft, 44th overall. The following day, the Knicks sent him with cash and Charles Oakley to the Toronto Raptors for Marcus Camby.

Marks played sparingly over two seasons with the Raptors, totaling 40 minutes in 13 games. After playing 2000-01 in Poland, the Heat signed him for two-years and $1,178,255.

In 2001-02, Marks shot 43.2% from the floor, with 75 rebounds over 21 contests. On November 6th, he started at center and scored a season high 15 on seven-of-nine shooting with five rebounds, two assists and a block in an 87-85 Heat win over the Seattle Supersonics. On November 20th, he logged a double-double, scoring 11 points with 11 rebounds in an 80-73 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Marks was moved to power forward for Miami in 2002-03, playing 23 games and shooting 37.3% from the field with 35 rebounds. During that season, he never scored more than six points and never grabbed more than four rebounds.

Marks later played for the San Antonio Spurs (48 games), the Phoenix Suns (22 games), the New Orleans Hornets (74 games), and the Portland Trail Blazers (29 games). After officially retiring from the game in 2011, he was hired in some capacity with the Spurs.

Stat Line: 44 games, 12.3 minutes, .408 field goal percentage, .612 free throw percentage, 3.4 points, 2.5 rebounds, 7.0 PER, 0.1 Win Shares.

Cumulative GameScore: 72.4

154. Okaro White

Okaro White, a 6’8”, 204 lb. power forward from Clearwater, Florida, was born on August 13th, 1992. He played four seasons of college ball with the Florida State Seminoles, scoring 10.1 points with 6.8 rebounds, 0.8 blocks, 0.7 assists and 0.7 steals in 24.6 minutes per game. Regardless, he went undrafted, and signed with Virtus Bologna in Italy in 2014-15 and with Aris Thessaloniki in Greece for the 2015-16 campaign.

White joined the Heat for the 2016 NBA Summer League, then earned a contract with the team, playing with Miami through the preseason. They waived him on October 22nd, but he was soon thereafter acquired by the Sioux Falls Skyforce in the D-League. The Heat called him up and signed him to the first of two 10-day contracts on January 17th, followed by a two-year $1.5 million deal on February 6th.

As a member of the Heat, White tasted victory in his first 12 appearances. It seemed as if the Heat couldn’t lose with him coming off the bench. Of course, they eventually did, but they ended up going 26-9 in games in which he appeared, (and 15-32 without him). His best game during his rookie season was on January 25th, when he made three-of-four shots from the field to finish with 10 points, seven rebounds, and four blocks in 27:09 in a 109-106 win against the Brooklyn Nets.

White’s 35 games would see him play in an average of 13.5 minutes per contest, with 2.8 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 0.6 assists. He is signed through the 2017-18 season.

Stat Line: 35 games, 13.5 minutes, .379 field goal percentage, .353 three-point percentage, .909 free throw percentage, 2.8 points, 2.3 rebounds, 0.6 assists, 0.3 blocks, 0.3 steals, 7.5 PER, 0.6 Win Shares.

Cumulative GameScore: 77.0

153. Samaki Walker

Samaki Walker was a 6'9" power forward from Columbus, OH. Born on February 25th, 1976, he played two seasons of college ball with the Louisville Cardinals, averaging 14.3 points and 7.3 rebounds over 50 appearances. In 1996, he declared for the NBA Draftearly, and was rewarded with a first round selection, ninth overall, by the Dallas Mavericks.

Walker spent three seasons with the Mavs (123 games), later playing with the San Antonio Spurs (132 games) and with the Los Angeles Lakers (136 games). He helped the Lakers to an NBA title in 2002.

Prior to the 2003-04 season, the Heat signed Walker to a free agent contract for $1,700,000. He appeared 33 times for the Heat that season, averaging just over three points and three rebounds in 12 minutes per contest. He never during his time in Miami scored more than nine points or more than nine rebounds in a game. His best contribution may have been on November 29th, when he scored nine points with five rebounds in 18 minutes of a 78-66 Heat win over the Toronto Raptors. He later played in four games for the Heat against the New Orleans Hornets in the postseason, going scoreless with one rebound and two personal fouls in 11 minutes of floortime.

Walker later played with the Washington Wizards (14 games) and the Indiana Pacers (seven games). Afterward, he appeared in foreign leagues in Russia, Syria, Lebanon, China, and South Korea. He was last a member of Al-Jalaa Aleppo, a multi-sport club in Syria for the 2010-11 season.

Walker made news in 2011 when police seized 10 grams of marijuana, some prescription drugs, and eight bottles of liquid steroids from his 2002 Mercedes-Benz. He had allegedly tried to eat the marijuana before the cops got to his car.

Stat Line: 33 games, 12.7 minutes, .384 field goal percentage, .659 free throw percentage, 3.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, 10.4 PER, 0.7 Win Shares.

Cumulative GameScore: 77.6