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30 Years of Heat: All-Time All-Player Countdown #102-100

Two big men and a Pearl in today’s feature.

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102. Pearl Washington

Dwayne Washington, known everywhere as "Pearl," was a 6'2" point guard from Brooklyn, NY. Born January 6th, 1964, he earned McDonald's All-American Honors in 1983, and later played three seasons with the Syracuse Orangemen. He was twice named an AP third-team All-American. The New Jersey Nets picked him 13th overall in the 1986 draft. He averaged nine points and four assists per game in an average of 21 minutes over two seasons with the Nets. New Jersey left him unprotected in the expansion draft of 1988, where the Heat plucked him off their roster, signing him for $335,000.

As Miami's first ever backup point guard, Washington appeared 54 times, actually starting eight games while with the team. In Miami's first ever game, he came off the bench to score 16 points with three assists and three steals in 26 minutes of a 111-91 Miami loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. He would shoot 42.4% from the floor during his time in South Beach, averaging 7.6 points, 4.2 assists, and 1.4 steals. He notched a double double with 18 points and 12 assists in 32 minutes of a 139-108 drubbing at the hands of the Philadelphia 76ers. He was released by the Heat at the close of the season.

Washington wouldn't again appear in the NBA, playing two seasons in the Continental Basketball Association. He passed away at the age of 52 due to a brain tumor, on April 20th, 2016.

Stat Line: 54 games, 19.7 minutes, .424 field goals, .071 three-pointers, .788 free throws, 7.6 points, 4.2 assists, 2.3 rebounds, 1.4 steals, 13.0 PER, 0.5 Win Shares

Cumulative GameScore: 325.0

101. Joe Johnson

Joe Johnson, also alternately known by “Iso Joe,” “Joe Cool,” “Big Shot Joe,” and “Armadillo Cowboy,” amongst other names (according to basketball-reference.com), was born on June 29th, 1981. A 6’7”, 240 lb. shooting guard/small forward, he joined the Boston Celtics via the 10th overall pick in the 2001 NBA Draft out of the University of Arkansas. He scored 15.0 points with 6.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists in just over a half per game over two seasons with Arkansas.

Johnson only played in 48 games of his rookie season with the Celtics before they traded him with Randy Brown, Milt Palacio, and a first round pick (Casey Jacobsen) to the Phoenix Suns for Tony Delk and Rodney Rogers. Johnson played in 275 games with the Suns over the next three seasons, never failing to make it onto the court during his tenure with the club. He then played for the Atlanta Hawks for seven seasons (508 games) and the Brooklyn Nets for four years (288 games). On February 25th, 2016, the Nets waived him, and the Heat signed him for the rest of the season for $414,481.

Johnson appeared in just 24 regular season games with Miami, playing 32.0 minutes and shooting what would be a career high .518 field goal percentage if he had shot the full season at that rate. He scored 13.4 points with 3.6 assists, 2.8 rebounds, and 0.9 steals.

On March 1st, in an 18-point Heat win over the Chicago Bulls, Johnson scored 24 points on 10-of-13 shooting, with five boards and four helpers. On March 12th, he poured in a season-high 28 points with five assists and four rebounds as the Heat defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers by 21 points. On April 12th, in a six-point win against the Detroit Pistons, Johnson scored 25 points with five assists, two boards and two steals.

Johnson continued to contribute during Miami’s playoff push through the first two rounds of the postseason, playing 35.1 minutes per game and scoring 12.9 with 3.9 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 0.5 steals. He finished in double digits in 11 of the Heat’s 14 playoff contests, including a 17 point, six rebound, four assist night in Miami’s Game Two 96-92 loss to the Toronto Raptors in the second round. Miami did not pursue Johnson to continue with the team in 2016-17.

Johnson played in 78 games for the Utah Jazz this past season, scoring 9.2 points with 3.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game at the age of 35.

Stat Line: 24 games, 32.0 minutes, .518 field goals, .417 three pointers, .765 free throws, 13.4 points, 3.6 assists, 2.8 rebounds, 0.9 steals, 15.2 PER, 2.0 Win Shares.

Cumulative GameScore: 355.5

100. Willie Reed

Willie Reed Jr. is a 6’10”, 220 lb. center from Kansas City, Missouri. Born on May 16th, 1990, he attended Saint Louis University for his college ball, where he scored 12.4 points with 7.9 rebounds per contest.

After going undrafted, Reed joined the Reno Bighorns in the NBA D-League. He latched on with the Brooklyn Nets in 2015-16, appearing in 39 games and scoring 4.7 points with 3.1 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 10.9 minutes per game.

Miami signed Reed on July 13th, 2016 to a deal for $1,015,696. In 71 games for Miami, Reed came off the bench 66 times and averaged 14.5 minutes per contest as a change-of-pace to give incumbent center Hassan Whiteside a breather. Reed shot .568 from the field and scored 5.3 points with 4.7 rebounds and 0.7 blocks in his appearances. He totaled four double-doubles for Miami through the season.

On January 3rd, Reed was stellar in a losing effort, scoring 22 points on 11-of-16 shooting with 18 rebounds and a pair of blocked shots as the Heat lost to the Phoenix Suns, 99-90. Three days later, in a 127-100 Heat loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, Reed scored 22 with a dozen rebounds and three blocks in 32 minutes. He plans to become an unrestricted free agent, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

Stat Line: 71 games, 14.5 minutes, .568 field goals, .250 three-pointers, .557 free throws, 5.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, 0.7 blocks, 17.1 PER, 3.6 Win Shares

Cumulative GameScore: 358.2