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30 Years of Heat: All-Time All-Player Countdown #105-103

Josh McRoberts features amongst today’s Heat countdown.

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105. Josh McRoberts

Joshua Scott McRoberts, a 6’10”, 240 lb. center / power forward from Indianapolis, Indiana, averaged 13 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.4 assists in his final season at Duke University. He was born on February 28th, 1987, and got selected 20 years later in the 2007 NBA Draft, in the second round by the Portland Trail Blazers, 37th overall.

After a season with the Blazers in which McRoberts appeared in eight games, he played three seasons with the Indiana Pacers (147 games), a season with the Los Angeles Lakers (50 games), part of a season with the Orlando Magic (41 games), and a season-and-a-half with the Charlotte Bobcats (104 games).

On July 14th, 2014, McRoberts signed a four-year deal with the Heat through free agency for $22.6 million. Three years into the deal, and McRoberts has appeared in 81 of 246 regular season games with Miami.

In 2014-15, McRoberts appeared in just 17 games for the Heat, starting four times at power forward. He shot a career-high .528 from the field overall with a .419 three-point success rate and a .615 free throw percentage. On December 1st, he scored eight points with four rebounds and four dimes in 24 minutes of a 21-point loss to the Washington Wizards. On December 7th, he scored a season-high 14 points on six-of-eight shooting, with five helpers and five rebounds as the Heat dropped a 103-87 contest to the Memphis Grizzlies. Two days later, in a 103-97 Heat win over the Phoenix Suns, he scored 10 points with seven helpers, four boards, and two steals. At some point in the game, he tore the meniscus in his right knee and missed the rest of the season.

2015-16 would see McRoberts appear in 42 games for Miami, unfortunately a high while with the team. He missed a total of 40 games with injuries to his left foot and separately to his right knee. When he did suit up, he averaged 3.6 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 1.9 assists in 14.2 minutes per game. He shot at a career low .372 field goal percentage, also performing relatively poorly from three point distance, at .245.

Before his injury that season, McRoberts had a pretty good night on December 3rd, with 12 points on five-of-seven shooting along with four helpers and three boards in a 97-95 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. After the injury, on February 19th, he made eight-of-13 overall, including three-of-five from outside. He also dished out 10 assists with his 19 points pulling down six boards in a 115-111 Heat win against the Atlanta Hawks.

McRoberts played in 10 of Miami’s 14 postseason games, averaging 13.4 minutes. He scored 3.8 points with 2.6 rebounds and 0.9 assists through the second round of the playoffs.

In 2016-17, McRoberts missed the first seven games of the season with an injury, then played in 22 of Miami’s next 24 contests. His best game was on December 3rd, when he scored a season high 13 points with four assists, two boards, and two steals in 28 minutes of a seven-point loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.

McRoberts missed the last 51 games of the season with a left foot injury. A month after the end of the season, he exercised his contract option with the Heat for the 2017-18 campaign.

Stat Line: 81 games, 15.7 minutes, .398 field goals, .333 three-pointers, .677 free throws, 4.1 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.5 steals, 9.9 PER, 1.4 Win Shares

Cumulative GameScore: 309.1

104. Keyon Dooling

Keyon Dooling, born on May 8th, 1980, was a 6'3" guard from Ft. Lauderdale, FL. A product of Dillard High School, he played two seasons with the University of Missouri. As a sophomore, he scored 15.3 points, 2.7 rebounds and 3.6 assists, and decided to declare himself eligible for the 2000 NBA draft. His confidence was rewarded with a first round pick by the Orlando Magic, 10th overall.

After a trade, Dooling played his first four NBA seasons for the Los Angeles Clippers. In 203 games, he averaged six points and two assists in 17 minutes per contest. After his contract expired, he decided to test the free agent market, eventually latching on with Miami for one year at $745,046.

Dooling appeared in 74 games for Miami in 2004-05, all off the bench. He played 16 minutes per game, shooting 40.3% from the floor and scoring around five points with two assists on average. On November 11th, he scored 14 points with four assists and three steals in 23 minutes of a 113-93 loss to the Dallas Mavericks. In the season finale, on April 20th, (a 98-93 win over the Orlando Magic), he scored a season high 19 points on seven-of-nine shooting. He also pitched in with five assists in 31 minutes of floor time. Of his 15 playoff appearances, he scored in double figures six times, averaging 18 minutes per game.

Dooling later played with the Orlando Magic (188 games), the New Jersey Nets (130 games), the Milwaukee Bucks (80 games), and the Boston Celtics (46 games), and the Memphis Grizzlies (seven games).

Dooling suffered sexual abuse at the age of seven by a teenage family friend, and lived with that buried inside for his entire NBA career. After counseling, he decided to share that life experience in order to help others learn to cope with like-circumstances. He is currently a life coach and activist for the NBA and NBA D-League.

Stat Line: 74 games, 16.0 minutes, .403 field goals, .253 three-pointers, .780 free throws, 5.2 points, 1.8 assists, 1.2 rebounds, 0.5 steals

Cumulative GameScore: 310.5

103. Sylvester Gray

Sylvester Gray was a 6'6" small forward from Millington, TN. Born on July 8th, 1967, He was the fourth ever draft selection for the Heat, 35th overall, in the second round of the 1988 draft. He played collegiate ball for two seasons with the University of Memphis.

Gray started 15 games for Miami that season, appearing in 55 overall. He averaged eight points and five rebounds in 22 minutes per game. During his time with the Heat, he accrued two double doubles and finished in double figures 18 times. The best of both was probably on March 2nd, when he scored 25 points with 14 rebounds, both career highs, in a 132-123 loss to the New York Knicks.

After his time in Miami, Gray didn't again play for an NBA team, enjoying a very long professional career abroad. He appeared in Phillipine, Turkish, and Italian leagues, ending his career after the 2006-07 season with Supernova Montegranaro, in Italy.

Stat Line: 55 games, 22.2 minutes, .420 field goals, .250 three-pointers, .673 free throws, 8.0 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.5 blocks, 11.2 PER, 0.7 Win Shares.

Cumulative GameScore: 316.2