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30 Years of Heat: All-Time All-Player Countdown #90-88

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Three more players on the Road to Wade County.

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90. Sasha Danilovic

Predrag Danilovic (commonly called "Sasha") was a 6'5" shooting guard from Sarajevo, in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Born on February 6th, 1970, he played with Serbian team KK Partizan starting in 1988. He played for Virtus Palacanestro Bologna in Italy for three seasons starting in 1992. At the same time, the Golden State Warriors secured his rights in the 1992 draft, picking him in the second round with the 43rd overall pick. He was still playing in Italy when the Warriors traded him with Billy Owens to the Heat for center Rony Seikaly.

Danilovic signed with Miami for two years and $3,347,000, joining the team for the 1995-96 campaign. He made his NBA debut in the Heat season opener, an 85-71 win against the Cleveland Cavaliers. He scored a game high 16 points, pitching in with four rebounds and three assists in 30 minutes. He was limited to 19 games on the season, missing most of it after an injury in mid-December. He averaged 13.4 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 2.5 assists, starting at shooting guard in each of his appearances except for one. He scored in double figures 14 times, or 74% of the time. On December 9th, in a 94-92 win over the Phoenix Suns, he scored a season high 30 points (shooting nine-for-15 overall, six-for-nine on three-pointers) with four rebounds and four assists. He hit 43.6% of his three-point attempts on the season, shooting 45.1% overall. Miami went 42-40, earning the eighth seed and a first round date with the Chicago Bulls. They lost in three games straight, as Danilovic played 60 combined minutes, scoring 25 points wtih four assists.

In 1996-97, Danilovic started 33 of his 43 overall appearances while with the Heat. He played 31.4 minutes per game, shooting 44.2% from the field and 35.8% from long distance. He scored 11.3 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 1.8 assists per game. He finished in double figures 31 times. On November 12th, the Heat defeated the Chicago Bulls, 105-97 as Danilovic scored 17 points with three rebounds in 29 minutes. On December 3rd, he scored 21 points on perfect seven-for-seven shooting from three-point distance in a 99-75 Heat win over the New York Knicks. On Valentine's Day, the Heat traded him with Martin Muursepp and Kurt Thomas for Jamal Mashburn.

Danilovic played 13 games with the Mavs to close out his NBA career. Later on, he rejoined Virtus Bologna, playing for three seasons before retiring in 2000. He went into management with his first club, KK Partizan soon thereafter, ascending to the club presidency in 2007. In May of 2013 he was involved in a bar fight, getting hospitalized with life-threatening stab wounds. He now serves as the President of Basketball Federation of Serbia.

Stat Line: 62 games, 30.5 minutes, .445 field goals, .382 three-pointers, .771 free throws, 12.0 points, 2.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.9 steals, 11.1 PER, 3.4 Win Shares

Cumulative GameScore: 443.6

89. LaPhonso Ellis

LaPhonso Ellis was a 6'8" power forward from East St. Louis, IL. Born on May 5th, 1970, he graduated from Lincoln High in his hometown in 1988 with McDonald's All-American Honors. He then played with the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame, starting for four seasons. Overall, he averaged 15.5 points, and 11.1 rebounds per game while with the team. He led Notre Dame in blocked shots in each of his four seasons, the only player in school history to do so. The Denver Nuggets selected him in the first round of the 1992 draft, with the fifth overall pick.

Ellis played six seasons with the Nuggets (343 games), shooting 46% from the field and scoring 15.2 points and 7.9 rebounds per game. He also made the NBA's All-Rookie First Team. He then played two seasons with the Atlanta Hawks (78 games) and one with the Minnesota TimberWolves (82 games). During the 2001 offseason, he signed a two year contract to play for the Heat, for $6,100,000.

2001-02 would see Ellis play in 66 games for the Heat, starting 14 at small forward. He played an average of 25.5 minutes per game, scoring seven points on 41.8% shooting with four and a half rebounds per appearance. He posted 15 games with 10 or more points. On the 20th of November, he hit seven of his 11 shots in 37 minutes, scoring 17 points with three rebounds in an 80-73 win against the TimberWolves. He scored a season high 24 points 10 days later, sinking nine of his 12 field goal attempts with seven rebounds in a 84-75 Heat loss to the Washington Wizards. The Heat went 36-46, missing the playoffs by six games.

Ellis played in 55 games, starting three at power forward in 2002-03, his last NBA season. His field goal percentage dropped to .382, and he averaged five points and three rebounds per game. He scored over nine points 13 times over the course of the season. On November 30th, he played 28 minutes off the bench in an 85-79 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, scoring 13 points with seven rebounds. On February 3rd, he scored a season high 15 points in 18 minutes as the Heat beat the Hawks, 99-79. For the second season in a row, the Heat missed the playoffs, posting a 25-57 record.

Ellis began his broadcasting career with ESPN as a college basketball analyst in 2009.

Stat Line: 121 games, 20.4 minutes, .405 field goals, .281 three-pointers, .687 free throws, 6.2 points, 3.7 rebounds, 0.6 assists, 9.7 PER, 3.3 Win Shares.

Cumulative GameScore: 450.1

88. Terry Porter

Terry Porter, a 6'3" point guard from Milwaukee, WI, was born on April 8th, 1963. He played at South Division High in his hometown before going to college at the University of Wisconsin. He played four seasons, as a senior racking up 20 points, five rebounds and four assists per game. The Portland TrailBlazers selected him in the first round of the 1985 NBA Draft with the 24th overall pick.

Porter played 10 seasons with the Blazers, making the all-star team twice. He ranks third on their all-time leaderboard with 758 games played. He scored 11,330 points (second all-time), grabbed 2,620 rebounds (16th all-time), dished out 5,319 assists (first all-time), and collected 1,182 steals (second all-time). He averaged 15 points, seven assists, and 3.5 rebounds during his time there. He followed that with three seasons for the Minnesota TimberWolves (246 games). He signed on with the Heat on January 22nd, 1999 in time for a full (strike shortened) season.

For the Heat, Porter appeared in all 50 games, playing 27.3 minutes and shooting 46.5 from the floor and 41.1% from long distance. He scored 10.5 points with 2.8 rebounds and 2.9 assists per appearance. He scored 10 or more points just over half the time with one double double. On March 26th, in a 100-93 loss to the Wolves, he scored 21 points (including a three-for-four night from deep) with six rebounds. On April 3rd, he knocked down five-of-seven three pointers in an 88-77 loss to the New Jersey Nets, totalling 17 points with four rebounds. May 2nd would see him score 18 points with 10 rebounds in 31 minutes of a 100-93 win over the Charlotte Hornets. Miami took the number one seed at 33-17 before losing the opening round to the New York Knicks, three games to two. Porter scored a total of 45 points with 19 rebounds and 15 assists through his five appearances.

He closed out his playing career with three seasons for the San Antonio Spurs (220 games). Afterward, he served as an assistant with the Sacramento Kings before landing head coaching gigs with the Milwaukee Bucks and the Phoenix Suns. He is currently The head coach of the Portland Pirates, a club in the West Coast Conference.

Stat Line: 50 games, 27.3 minutes, .465 field goals, .411 three-pointers, .831 free throws, 10.5 points, 2.9 assists, 2.8 rebounds, 1.0 steals, 16.9 PER, 5.0 Win Shares.

Cumulative GameScore: 453.7