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30 Years of Heat: All-Time All-Player Countdown #111-109

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Three big men are featured in today’s countdown.

Miami Heat v Charlotte Hornets - Game Four Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

111. Christian Laettner

Christian Laettner was a 6'11" center and power forward. A native of Angola, NY, he was born on August 17th, 1969. He played for the Duke University Blue Devils for four seasons. His last three seasons would see him average 19 points, eight and a half rebounds, and two assists per game. Before getting drafted, he was selected to the 1992 NBA Dream Team, the only college player such honored. The Minnesota Timberwolves picked him in the first round of the draft, third overall behind Shaquille O'Neal and Alonzo Mourning. On reflection, the first five picks of the 1992 draft played for the Heat at some point during their career, and eight of the first 12 picks (those listed above, Jim Jackson, LaPhonso Ellis, Walt Williams, Clarence Weatherspoon, and Harold Miner).

Laettner played three and a half seasons with the Wolves (276 games), also spending time with the Atlanta Hawks (186 games), the Detroit Pistons (98 games), the Dallas Mavericks (53 games), and the Washington Wizards (206 games). The Heat signed him as a free agent during the 2004 offseason for one year at $1,100,000.

In South Beach, Laettner appeared in 49 regular season contests, shooting 58.2% from the field and putting up double figures on seven occasions. On December 3rd, he scored 23 points on 10-of-13 shooting with three rebounds and two blocks in a 105-81 win against the Chicago Bulls. He played 136 minutes over 13 playoff games, scoring a total of 29 points with 25 rebounds and four steals. The Heat lost the Eastern Conference Finals to the Detroit Pistons in seven games. It was the last time he played on an NBA roster.

Later on, Laettner founded "Blue Devil Ventures" with fellow Duke alumin. He has also invested in an AAA team in the Phoenix area, and founded the Christian Laettner Basketball Academy.

Stat Line: 49 games, 15.1 minutes, .582 field goals, .143 three-pointers, .763 free throws, 5.3 points, 2.7 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.7 steals, 16.3 PER, 2.7 Win Shares.

Cumulative GameScore: 254.5

110. Scott Hastings

Scott Hastings, a 6'10" center from Independence, KS, was born on June 3rd, 1960. He played four seasons in college for the Arkansas Razorbacks, averaging 19 points with six rebounds through his senior season, 1981-82. The New York Knicks chose him in the second round of that year's draft, with the 29th pick overall. He played 21 games for New York before a trade for Rory Sparrow made him an Atlanta Hawk. He spent the majority of his career in Atlanta, appearing in 299 games over most of the next six seasons.

Hastings was left unprotected in the 1988 expansion draft, where the Heat picked him up for a $220,000 contract. He started six games over the course of the season, ranking sixth on the roster with 75 appearances. He shot 43.6% from the floor, averaging just over five points and three rebounds in 16 minutes per game. He scored in double figures 14 times, including one double-double. He scored a season high 17 points with six rebounds in an April 11th, 114-98 loss to the Golden State Warriors.

After just one season in South Beach, Hastings elected to join the Detroit Pistons as a free agent, playing in 67 games for them over the next two seasons. He later joined the Denver Nuggets for two more seasons, playing in 116 contests. He is currently in broadcasting in the Denver area, providing color commentary on the Nuggets, hosting a radio show, and a television golf show during the offseason.

Stat Line: 75 games, 16.1 minutes, .436 field goals, .321 three-pointers, .850 free throws, 5.1 points, 3.1 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 9.4 PER, 1.5 Win Shares

Cumulative GameScore: 258.8

109 Amar’e Stoudemire

Stoudemire was a 6’10”, 245 lb. center and power forward from Lake Wales, Florida. Born on November 16th, 1982, he was selected in the first round of the 2002 NBA Draft by the Phoenix Suns with the ninth overall choice.

Stoudemire played eight seasons with the Suns, making the all star team five times, leading the NBA with 744 two-pointers made in 2004-05 and with 703 in 2009-10. He played 516 games in total with Phoenix, and ranks sixth on their all-time leaderboard with 11,035 points and third with 4,613 rebounds. During the 2010 offseason, he joined the New York Knicks for a second round pick and a trade exception.

Stoudemire made the all star team for the sixth time in his first season with the Knicks, again leading the NBA with 734 two-pointers made. He played four and a half seasons for the Knicks in total, playing in 255 contests.

After a half season with the Dallas Mavericks, Stoudemire, who we sometimes called “S.T.A.T.” signed a one-year, $1,499,187 contract to play for Miami in 2015-16.

STAT started 36 games for the Heat at center, appearing in 16 more off the bench. He played just under 15 minutes per game, averaging six points, four rebounds, and a block per contest. His PER ranking of 17.3 was the worst of his career since his rookie campaign at 16.2. Still, Stoudemire never once in his career came in below the “league average” mark of 15.0.

Stoudemire only played in three of Miami’s first 28 games as the season started, totaling 13 points and six rebounds in 27 combined minutes. He then played in 49 of the Heat’s final 54 contests, including 40 games in a row from January 15th through April 8th. On January 31st, in an 18-point win over the Atlanta Hawks, he scored 13 points with 12 boards and three steals in 21 minutes of action. On March 22nd, in only 14 minutes on the floor, he scored a season-high 16 on six-of-eight shooting, with nine rebounds, and two blocked shots.

On July 6th, 2016, Stoudemire signed a one-day contract so that he could retire from the NBA as a Knick. Since then, he’s played with Hapoel Jerusalem in the Israeli League, a one-time outfit of former NBA players Billy Thompson and Roger Mason, Jr.

Stat Line: 52 games, 14.7 minutes, .566 field goals, .746 free throws, 5.8 points, 3.7 rebounds, 17.3 PER, 2.4 Win Shares

Cumulative GameScore: 281.6