148. Rodney Buford
Stat Line: Rodney Buford, born November 2nd, 1977, is a 6'5" shooting guard from Milwaukee, WI. In a four year collegiate career with the University of Creighton, he averaged 18 points and six rebounds in 30 minutes per game. Miami selected him in the second round of the 1999 draft, with the 53rd overall pick.
Buford shot 41% in just over 11 minutes per contest for Miami over 34 appearances. On February 9th, in a 115-100 win over the Golden State Warriors, he scored 17 points with three boards and two assists. He scored 11 points in his only career playoff appearance with the Heat, in Game three of Miami's sweep of the Detroit Pistons in the Conference Quarterfinals. Miami won that game by a score of 91-72. After the season, the Heat traded him with P.J. Brown, Tim James, Jamal Mashburn and Otis Thorpe to the Charlotte Hornets for Ricky Davis, Dale Ellis, Eddie Jones and Anthony Mason.
Buford would subsequently play with the Philadelphia 76ers (47 games), the Memphis Grizzlies (63 games), the Sacramento Kings (22 games), and the New Jersey Nets (64 games). He has also played in lesser US professional leagues, as well as in Ukraine, Israel, Lebanon, Germany, China, Greece, Venezuala, and Canada. He last played in a UK league with the London Lightning.
Stat Line: 34 games, 11.4 minutes, .411 field goals, .241 three-pointers, .727 free throws, 4.3 points, 1.4 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 11.2 PER, 0.6 Win Shares
Cumulative GameScore: 92.6
147. Anthony Taylor
Anthony Taylor was a 6'4" point guard from Beaverton, OR. Born on November 30th, 1965, he was a four year starter for the University of Oregon, averaging 36 minutes, 17 points, and four rebounds per appearance. He was initially selected in the second round of the 1988 draft, by the Atlanta Hawks, 44th overall. Atlanta waived him on November 2nd, Miami picked him up three days later for $100,000.
Taylor made 21 appearances during his time with the team, making seven starts among them. He shot just under 40%, averaging seven points, two assists, one steal, and one and a half rebounds in 17.5 minutes per game. On November 17th, in a 113-107 loss to the Houston Rockets, he scored 18 points on six-of-13 shooting with four assists in 24 minutes of floor time. On November 26th, he scored a career and game high 21 points on nine-of-15 shooting with two boards, two assists, and three steals, playing 36 minutes of a 103-93 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.
Taylor was spared (barely) the indignity of a winless career, as the Heat lost each of the first 20 games in which he appeared. The only win came in his last appearance, on December 23rd in a 101-80 Heat win over the Utah Jazz. Taylor played one minute and collected one rebound. Miami cut him just after Christmas, and he would not again appear on an NBA roster. That’s serendipity, almost.
Stat Line: 21 points, 17.5 minutes, .397 field goals, .750 free throws, 6.9 points, 1.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steals, 11.1 PER, 0.2 Win Shares
Cumulative GameScore: 94.5
146. Derek Anderson
Derek Anderson was a 6'5" shooting guard from Louisville, KY. Born on July 18th, 1974, he split his college experience between Ohio State University and the University of Kentucky. The Cleveland Cavaliers selected him in the first round of the 1997 draft with the 13th overall pick.
Anderson played two seasons with the Cavs (104 games), later spending time with the Los Angeles Clippers (64 games), the San Antonio Spurs (82 games), the Portland TrailBlazers (245 games), and the Houston Rockets (20 games). On February 23rd, 2006, Houston traded him to Miami for Gerald Fitch.
Anderson averaged just over 20 minutes per game, starting in three of his 23 appearances for the Heat. He averaged 5.8 points per game on 30.8% field goal shooting, also pitching in with 2.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists. On April 8th, he scored 20 points with four rebounds, four assists and two steals in a 99-86 win over the Washington Wizards. Later, he appeared in eight playoff contests on Miami's way to their first NBA championship, playing a total of 66 minutes and scoring 25 points with nine rebounds and five assists. The Heat waived him after the season.
Stat Line: 23 games, 20.2 minutes, .308 field goals, .313 three-pointers, .842 free throws, 5.8 points, 2.6 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 0.3 steals, 8.7 PER, 0.6 Win Shares
Cumulative GameScore: 95.6
145. Toney Douglas
Douglas, born on March 16th, 1986, is a 6’2”, 195 lb. guard from Jonesboro, Georgia. After playing three seasons of college ball with the Florida State Seminoles (after one with the Auburn Tigers), he was selected in the first round of the 2009 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers, 29th overall. He averaged 21.5 points and four rebounds per game as a senior. The Lakers immediately traded him to the Knicks for cash and a 2011 second round pick (Andrew Goudelock).
Douglas played three seasons for the Knicks, playing in 175 contests. He later appeared with the Houston Rockets (49 games), the Sacramento Kings (22 games), and the Golden State Warriors (24 games).
On January 15th, 2014, Douglas was involved in a three-team trade that brought him to the Heat from Golden State. All it cost Miami was Joel Anthony, three second-round picks (Jordan Mickey, Ben Bentil, Deyonta Davis), AND a cash settlement.
Douglas appeared in 27 regular season games for the Heat, stating 17 times at point guard. He made 41-of-104 shots from the field, including 12-of-43 from outside, scoring 4.2 points with 2.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 0.5 steals. Miami went 17-10 with him playing.
On March 29th, Douglas made five-of-10 shots for 13 points with nine rebounds and four assists in 38 minutes of a 21-point Heat win over the Milwaukee Bucks. In the rematch four days later on April 2nd, he scored nine points with seven rebounds, three assists, and two steals in 26 minutes of a 19-point Heat victory.
Douglas made 10 appearances for the Heat in the postseason in Miami’s most recent trip to the finals. His biggest impact came in Miami’s decisive game seven victory over the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference Finals, when he hit both of his field goal attempts (both three-pointers) along with an offensive rebound and three assists in just eight minutes of work. Miami won that game, 117-92 before losing the NBA Finals in six games to the San Antonio Spurs.
Stat Line: 27 games, 15.2 minutes, .394 field goals, .279 three-pointers, .769 free throws, 4.2 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.5 steals, 10.9 PER, 0.7 Win Shares
Cumulative GameScore: 99.1