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30 Years of Heat: All-Time All-Player Countdown #144-141

Henry Walker features in today’s countdown, along with Danny Granger and two power forwards.

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144. Wayne Simien

Wayne Simien was a 6'9" power forward from Leavenworth, KS. Born on March 9th, 1983, he was selected to the McDonald's All American squad in 2001 as a high school senior. He played four seasons with the Kansas Jayhawks in college. As a senior, he scored 20.3 points with 11 rebounds in 34 minutes per contest. After graduating with the Class of 2005, the Heat selected him in the first round of the draft, with the 29th overall pick.

Simien started two games for Miami that season, appearing in 43 overall. He shot 48.3% from the field, adding 88 rebounds. He never scored in double figures that year, finishing with nine on five occasions. His best showing was on November 9th, when he scored nine points with six rebounds (also a season high) in a 95-90 Heat loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. In the postseason, he went scoreless in seven minutes over two games as the Heat won their first ever NBA Championship.

Simien played in eight games in 2006-07 for the Heat. On April 18th (his last career game to date), he scored a career high 10 points in a 94-68 season-closing loss to the Orlando Magic. Miami was swept in the opening round of the playoffs by the Chicago Bulls. Simien did not make an appearance. He retired from professional basketball in 2009 to pursue Christian Ministry.

Stat Line: 51 games, 9.9 minutes, .469 field goals, .854 free throws, 3.3 points, 1.9 rebounds, 10.5 PER, 0.9 Win Shares

Cumulative GameScore: 100.6

143. Alexander Johnson

Alexander Johnson was a 6'8" power forward from Albany, GA. Born on February 8th, 1983, he played three seasons of college ball with the Florida State University Seminoles, averaging 13.2 points and 7.4 rebounds per contest through his last collegiate season, 2005-06. The Indiana Pacers selected him in the second round soon afterward, with the 45th overall pick. Later that day, he was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers along with two draft picks for James White, then sent straight on to the Memphis Grizzlies.

In his only season with Memphis, Johnson played just over a quarter per game. He got onto the floor 59 times and averaged four and a half points and three rebounds per appearance. The Grizz waived him shortly after the season concluded.

Miami signed Johnson for $687,456 before 2007-08 training camp. For the Heat, he shot 49% from the field over 43 contests. He appeared in 12.8 minutes per game, averaging four points, two rebounds, and two fouls. On February 1st, he played 26 minutes of a 94-85 loss to the New Jersey Nets, scoring 14 by going a perfect six-of-six from the field, along with three rebounds and an assist. In Miami's next game, a 114-82 loss to the Toronto Raptors on February 4th, he had a double double, scoring 10 with 10 boards. Miami waived him following the season.

Johnson later played in Germany, in the CBA, in Korea, and in China. He last played with the Liaoning Hengye Jaguars in China in 2012-13.

Stat Line: 43 games, 12.8 minutes, .488 field goal percentage, .687 free throws, 4.2 points, 2.2 rebounds, 8.9 PER, 0.2 Win Shares

Cumulative GameScore: 101.6

142. Henry Walker

Henry Walker, a 6’6”, 220 lb. shooting guard and small forward was born in Huntington, West Virginia on October 9th, 1987. He joined the NBA via draft in 2008, getting selected out of Kansas State University in the second round by the Washington Wizards, 47th overall.

Walker played 37 games for the Celtics over the next season and a half. He then played three years for the New York Knicks before getting relegated to the D-League Austin Toros in 2013. He also played for Trotamundos de Carabobo and the Alaska Aces before spending parts of two seasons with the Sioux Falls Skyforce. The Heat called him up on February 21st, 2015, when he signed the first of two 10-day contracts and ended up staying through the end of the season.

As a member of Miami, Walker appeared in 24 games and averaged 26.2 minutes. He made 58-of-168 field goals, good for a .345 shooting percentage, including a 45-for-132 three-point-range success rate, or a very similar .341. He also drained .778 from the line, totaling 7.3 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.0 steals, and 0.4 blocks per contest, starting 13 times and appearing 11 times off the bench.

Miami, 23-30 when they pulled Walker off the scrap heap, posted a 12-12 record in games in which Walker appeared. His best game came in Miami’s season closing, 105-101 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers. Erik Spoelstra played four of his five starters the full 48 minutes, including Walker, who made six-of-10 shots (all three’s) along with three of five from the stripe, four rebounds, two assists, and a steal to finish with 21 points.

On July 27th, Miami waived Walker. The versatile 2 / 3 wound up with Cedevita Zagreb (Croatia) in 2015-16 and with NLEX Road Warriors (Phillipines) later in 2016. He rejoined the Sioux Falls Skyforce later still, and is currently rostered with the club.

Stat Line: 24 games, .345 field goals, .341 three-pointers, .778 free throws, 7.3 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.4 blocks, 8.0 PER, 0.5 Win Shares

Cumulative GameScore: 102.7

141. Danny Granger

Granger, also known as “Batman,” or “The Gift,” is a 6’9”, 222 lb. small forward from New Orleans, Louisiana. Born on April 20th, 1983, he was a first round choice of the Indiana Pacers in the 2005 NBA Draft out of the University of New Mexico, 17th off the board.

Granger was a mainstay for eight and a half seasons with the Pacers, appearing in 544 games and making the 2008-09 all star team. He played 32.5 minutes per game, averaging 17.6 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steals, and 0.9 blocks. On February 20th, 2014, he was traded with a second round pick to the Philadelphia 76ers for Lavoy Allen and Evan Turner. The Sixers waived him six days later before he appeared in a single game for the club, and he signed with the Los Angeles Clippers for the balance of the season. He played in 12 games for the Clips in the regular season, making 13 appearances in the postseason for the team.

Miami signed Granger through free agency on July 14th, 2014. He started six games and appeared in 24 more off the bench, playing in 20.4 minutes per game. He averaged 6.3 points with 2.7 boards and 0.6 assists per appearance, as Miami posted an 11-19 record in games in which he appeared. His best game of the Heat came in a 102-101 loss to the Orlando Magic, when Granger played 32 minutes off the bench and made six-of-seven three point shots. He finished the game with 21 points, four rebounds, and two helpers.

In the end, Granger really didn’t fit the Heat’s plans for the future, so they traded him with two first round picks (2017, 2021), Norris Cole, Justin Hamilton, and Shawne Williams to the Phoenix Suns for Goran and Zoran Dragic. After not appearing for the team, he was again traded, this time to the Detroit Pistons with Reggie Bullock and Marcus Morris for a 2020 second round pick. He didn’t appear with the Pistons either, and is currently out of basketball.

Stat Line: 30 games, 20.4 minutes, .401 field goals, .357 three-pointers, .757 free throws, 6.3 points, 2.7 rebounds, 0.6 assists, 8.6 PER, 0.6 Win Shares

Cumulative GameScore: 107.3