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30 Years of Heat: All-Time All-Player Countdown #108-106

Shandon Anderson, “the Iron Virgin,” and “Big Z” feature today’s countdown.

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108. Shandon Anderson

Shandon Anderson, brother of fellow Heat-alumni Willie Anderson, is a 6'6" small forward from Atlanta, GA. Born on December 31st, 1973, he graduated from Crim High in his hometown with the Class of 1992. He joined the Bulldogs with the University of Georgia for four seasons of collegiate ball, averaging 13 points, five rebounds, and just under three assists in 27 minutes per game. The Utah Jazz picked him in the second round of the 1996 draft with the 54th overall pick.

Anderson played three seasons with Utah (197 games), later playing with the Houston Rockets (164 games) and the New York Knicks (245 games). The Knicks waived him after one game in 2004-05. New York would pay him over $15,000,000 over the next two seasons, while the Heat picked up a $1,908,699 tab.

Anderson played 65 games over his first season in Miami, starting five at the small forward position. He shot 45.6% from the floor, averaging 3.9 points and 2.9 rebounds in 17.7 minutes per game. He scored 10 or more points six times. On November 23rd, in a 99-87 win against the Portland TrailBlazers, he scored 17 points on seven-of-nine shooting with two rebounds and three steals. In a 106-96 Heat win over the Atlanta Hawks on January 28th, he scored 21 points with eight rebounds and two assists. He totalled eight points with 19 rebounds over eight playoff appearances, shooting 25% in 97 minutes of floor time.

In 2005-06, Anderson played 48 games, shooting at a 42.9% clip and averaging 13.3 minutes and 2.6 points with 1.7 rebounds per appearance. He only finished with 10 or more points three times. His best game was on March 1st, when he scored 15 points with six rebounds in a 103-96 win against the Boston Celtics. He played in 13 postseason games, scoring 13 points with 12 rebounds in 90 minutes. Miami won the NBA Championship, and Anderson retired following the season.

Stat Line: 113 games, 15.8 minutes, .446 field goals, .213 three-pointers, .798 free throws, 3.4 points, 2.4 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 8.2 PER, 2.7 Win Shares

Cumulative GameScore: 294.6

107. A.C. Green

AC Green, a 6'9 power forward from Portland, OR, was born on October 4th, 1963. He graduated from Benson Polytechnic in his hometown with the Class of 1981. He joined Oregon State University for four seasons, and as a senior averaged 19.1 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Lakers selected him in the first round of the 1985 draft, with the 23rd overall pick.

Green played in Los Angeles for eight seasons (653 games), helping the Lakers to two NBA Championships and representing the team in the 1990 all-star game. He then joined the Phoenix Suns for three and a half seasons (273 games), the Dallas Mavericks for two and a half seasons (188 games), and the Lakers again for 82 games in 1999-00. After reuniting with the team, he earned another NBA title. The Heat signed him as a free agent on Halloween, 2000.

Green played in all 82 games for Miami that season, coming off the bench in all but one contest. He shot 44.4% from the floor, averaging 4.5 points and 3.8 rebounds in 17 minutes per game. He scored in double figures 12 times, and registered three double-doubles over his tenure. On February 15th, in a 98-91 win over the Toronto Raptors, he scored 14 points with 10 rebounds and two blocks. In the season finale, a 103-91 victory over the Orlando Magic, he scored 19 points with 14 rebounds, five assists, and two steals in 38 minutes. It was his only start of the season. During the postseason, he scored three points with five rebounds in 21 minutes spread over three games, all losses to the Chicago Bulls. He retired following the season.

Green is the owner of the NBA record for consecutive games played, with 1,192 straight. He missed three games after a thumb surgery in 1986-87, then never took another night off. He is also famous for beginning and ending his NBA career as a virgin. Green also went through his entire NBA career with chronic hiccups which only stopped when he was exerting himself. Maybe that's why he never wanted to take a day off.

Stat Line: 82 games, 17.2 minutes, .444 field goals, .712 free throws, 4.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 11.2 PER, 3.2 Win Shares.

Cumulative GameScore: 294.7

106. Zydrunas Ilgauskas

Zydrunas Ilgauskas was a 7'3" center from Kaunas, Lithuania. Born on June 5th, 1975, he made his professional debut in 1994, with Atletas Kaunas. The Cleveland Cavaliers selected him in the first round of the 1996 draft, with the 19th overall pick. He played 12 seasons for the Cavs, and ranks first in team history with 771 games played, 5,904 rebounds, and 1,269 blocks. He also ranks second in team history with 10,616 points scored.

When LeBron James made his "decision" to join the Heat, he talked long-time wingman Zydrunas into defecting with him. Ilgauskas played in 72 games for the Heat, starting 51 at center and shooting 50.8% from the field. He played 16 minutes per game, averaging five points, four rebounds, and just under a block. He scored in double figures 11 times, logging three double-doubles. On November 22nd, in a 93-77 loss to the Indiana Pacers, he scored 12 points with eight rebounds and four blocks. On December 8th, he scored 16 points with 10 rebounds in 26 minutes of a 111-98 Heat win over the Utah Jazz. On December 28th, in a 106-98 win over the New York Knicks, he scored 14 points with 10 rebounds in only 14 minutes, hitting six-of-eight field goals. He played in nine playoff games, scoring 32 points with 32 rebounds in 104 minutes of gametime as the Heat came up just short of their second NBA Championship. He retired following the season to spend more time with his family. He currently works for the Cavaliers as a talent evaluator and a scout.

Stat Line: 72 games, 15.9 minutes, .508 field goals, .783 free throws, 5.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 0.8 blocks, 12.8 PER, 2.9 Win Shares.

Cumulative GameScore: 302.8