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30 Years of Heat: All-Time All-Player Countdown #63-61

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Mike Miller is one of three players featured in today’s countdown article.

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63. Rasual Butler

Rasual Butler, a 6'7" guard/forward out of La Salle University, was born on May 23rd, 1979. A native of Philadelphia, PA, he is a product of Roman Catholic High School in his hometown. He started for the Explorers for four collegiate seasons, averaging 19.3 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 1.6 assists in 38.3 minutes per game. The Heat chose him in the second round of the 2002 draft, with the 52nd overall pick.

As a rookie for the Heat in 2002-03, Butler played 72 games, starting 28 at shooting guard. He shot 36.2% from the floor, with a 29.2% three-point percentage. He scored seven and a half points, tacking on two and a half rebounds and just over an assist per contest. He posted in double figures in a third of his games on the season. On March 7th, in a close 91-89 loss to the Dallas Mavericks, he scored 20 points to lead the Heat, tacking on five rebounds. The next night, in a 98-92 Heat loss to the Denver Nuggets, he led all scorers with 22 points, again adding five boards. He also chipped in with three assists, two steals, and a block. On March 21st, he scored 18 points (including four treys) in a win against the Toronto Raptors, 107-98. Miami finished up with a 25-57 record, badly missing the postseason.

In 2003-04, Butler appeared in 45 games off the bench, improving his shooting percentages to 46.3% from deep and 47.6% overall in 15 minutes per game. He averaged just under seven points and one and a half rebounds per game. He scored in double figures 11 times. On February 17th, he scored 15 points in 21 minutes of a 97-85 win over the Utah Jazz. On March 4th, he scored a season high 20 points with five rebounds in a 104-98 win over the Milwaukee Bucks. In a 100-89 win over the Orlando Magic five days later, he led the Heat with 19 points, including a three-for-five night from behind the arc. Under Stan Van Gundy, the Heat earned a fourth seed with a 42-40 record. They took on the New Orleans Hornets in the first round, taking the series in seven games before bowing out to the Indiana Pacers in six games. Butler played in 10 of the games, scoring two points with one rebound per contest.

2004-05 would see Butler start in 15 of his 65 appearances for the Heat, playing 18.5 minutes per game and scoring 6.5 points with 2.3 rebounds and one assist. He shot 39.9% from the field and 37.3% from outside. He finished in double figures 18 times. On December 13th, in a 106-83 win over the Washington Wizards, he scored 16 points with seven rebounds and five assists. On January 14th, in 39 minutes of a 114-112 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, he scored 18 points (including a perfect four-for-four from three-point range) along with five rebounds. He scored 20 in 28 minutes on February 1st, in a 109-104 loss to the Dallas Mavericks. On the 19th of April, in a 99-80 win against the Charlotte Bobcats, he scored a season high 25 points on 11-of-14 shooting with six rebounds. The Heat went 59-23, nailing down the first seed by five games. After sweeping the New Jersey Nets and the Washington Wizards, they lost the Eastern Conference finals in seven games to the Detroit Pistons. Butler played 12 games, scoring 4.7 points with 1.5 rebounds.

During 2005's offseason, the Heat traded Butler away in a five-team blockbuster deal in which they also lost Qyntel Woods, Albert Miralles, Eddie Jones, and two second round picks (Edin Bavcic, Nikola Pekovic) and gained Antoine Walker, Andre Emmett, James Posey, Jason Williams, and Roberto Duenas. Butler played four seasons with the Oklahoma City/New Orleans Hornets (293 games). He later played with the Los Angeles Clippers (123 games), the Chicago Bulls (six games), the Toronto Raptors (34 games), the Indiana Pacers (50 games), the Washington Wizards (75 games), and the San Antonio Spurs (46 games).

Stat Line: 182 games, 18.6 minutes, .397 field goals, .363 three-pointers, .746 free throws, 6.9 points, 2.2 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.5 blocks, 10.7 PER, 3.3 WAR

Cumulative GameScore: 731.5

62. Mike Miller

Mike Miller is a 6'8" shooting guard/small forward from the University of Florida. Born on February 19th, 1980 in Mitchell, SD, he played two seasons with the Gators, averaging 13.3 points, six rebounds, and 2.3 assists per game through his sophomore season. After declaring early for the 2000 NBA Draft, he was picked in the first round by the Orlando Magic with the fifth overall pick.

Miller played two and a half seasons with our neighbors to the north (194 games), later appearing with the Memphis Grizzlies (371 games), the Minnesota TimberWolves (73 games), and the Washington Wizards (54 games). The departure of Michael Beasley before the 2010 season opened a spot for him on Miami's roster. He signed for three seasons and $16,200,000.

2010-11 would see Miller appear in 41 games for the Heat, starting two at shooting guard. He played 20.4 minutes per game with a 40.1% shooting success rate overall, and a .364 shooting percentage from outside. He scored 5.6 points with 4.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game. He had nine games of 10 points or more and three double doubles, as Miami posted a 27-14 record with him in the rotation. His best game of the season came on January 22nd, in a 120-103 win over the Toronto Raptors, when he scored 32 points (including six-for-11 from outside) with 10 rebounds and three assists in 33 minutes. The Heat went 58-24 in the first season of the current "big three," securing the second seed. After eliminating the Philadelphia 76ers, the Boston Celtics, and the Chicago Bulls in five games each, they lost the NBA finals in six games to the Dallas Mavericks. For his part, Miller scored 47 points with 49 rebounds, hitting a total of 11 three pointers and dishing out 13 assists in 18 games.

In 2011-12, Miller started two of 39 games at shooting guard, shooting 43.5% from the floor and 45.3% from three point distance. He played 19.3 minutes with 6.1 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 1.1 assists. He scored in double figures seven times with one double double as the Heat compiled a 29-10 record with him in the lineup. In his first appearance of the season, he went six-for-six from long distance, scoring 18 points with four rebounds on January 17th in a 120-98 win against the San Antonio Spurs. He sunk at least one three pointer in 35 of his 39 appearances. Miami registered a 46-20 strike shortened record, taking the second seed in the Eastern Conference. Miami defeated the New York Knicks in five games, the Indiana Pacers in six games, and the Boston Celtics in seven games before shutting down the Oklahoma City Thunder in five. Miller scored 120 points with 58 rebounds and 17 assists. In the deciding game five 121-106 win over OKC, he came off the bench to hit seven-of-eight three pointers for 23 points with five rebounds.

Miller started in 17 of his 59 starts at small forward, playing 15.3 minutes and scoring 4.8 points with 2.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists per contest in 2012-13. He shot 41.7% from long distance and 43.3% overall. He tallied more than nine points on 11 occasions, and Miami went 47-12 with him. In his final nine games of the regular season, he averaged over three three-pointers and over 12 points, five rebounds, and three assists. Miami's 66-16 record earned them the first seed in the playoffs, and home court advantage. They took care of the Milwaukee Bucks in four, the Bulls in five, the Pacers in seven, and the Spurs in seven. He appeared 17 games through the postseason, scoring 3.4 points with 1.9 rebounds.

In the four seasons since Miller left Miami, he has played with the Grizzlies (82 games), the Cleveland Cavaliers (52 games), and the Denver Nuggets (67 games).

Stat Line: 139 games, 17.9 minutes, .424 field goals, .412 three-pointers, .660 free throws, 5.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 11.6 PER, 5.9 Win Shares.

Cumulative GameScore: 743.8

61. Chris Quinn

Chris Quinn, a 6'2" point guard from New Orleans, LA, was born on September 27th, 1983. After graduating from Dublin Coffman in Dublin, OH, he attended Notre Dame, playing four seasons and playing a full 40 minutes per game as a senior in 2005-06. He scored 17.7 points with 3.8 rebounds and 6.4 assists per game. He missed out on getting drafted, signing a partially guaranteed contract with the Heat. He played in the summer league, eventually making the team later in the season. His contract was good for three years and $2,072,755.

Quinn ended up playing in 42 games for the Heat, starting once. He averaged 3.4 points on 36.6% shooting, playing 9.7 minutes per game. The team went 18-24 in his appearances, scoring in double digits three times through the campaign. In a 113-93 win over the Charlotte Bobcats, he played 36 minutes, scoring 14 points with five rebounds and five assists. He collected a season high nine assists on April 16th, in a 91-89 loss to the Boston Celtics. Miami won the Southeast division and the fourth seed with a 44-38 record, but lost four straight to the Chicago Bulls in the opening round. Quinn did not make an appearance.

Quinn took on a bigger role in 2007-08, averaging 22.3 minutes over his 60 appearances. He started 25 times at point guard, shooting 42.4% from the field with a 40.3% clip from long distance, scoring 7.8 points with three assists and two boards per game. Miami went 11-49 with him in the rotation, as Quinn finished in double figures 24 times. On December 13th, he scored 22 points on a six-for-10 night from three point distance in a 104-91 loss to the Washington Wizards. On April 2nd, he had a good night in a bad game for Miami (a 106-77 loss to the New Orleans Hornets), scoring 18 points with a season high nine assists and seven rebounds. Two days later, in a 109-95 loss to the Wizards, he scored a season high 24 points with eight assists. Miami famously went 15-67 for the second time in team history.

2008-09 would see Quinn average 14.6 minutes over his 66 appearances off the bench. He scored five points with two assists and one rebound per game, shooting 41% from both two and three point distance. He posted 10 games in double figures, as Miami split their record with him in the game at 33-33. His best game may have been Miami's last of the season, a 102-96 win over the Detroit Pistons. He scored 26 points on nine-of-13 shooting with five assists and four rebounds. The Heat finished 43-39, finishing with a five seed. The Heat lost the opening round in seven games to the Atlanta Hawks. Quinn totalled eight points while appearing in all five games. The Heat traded Quinn to the New Jersey Nets for a draft pick, which Miami never recieved due to it being top 50 protected.

Quinn played 25 games with the Nets in 2009-10, joining the San Antonio Spurs in 2010-11 (41 games). He split 2011-12 between Khimki (Russia) and Valencia (Spain). Last season, he started with the Tulsa 66ers in the NBA's D-League before finishing up with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Since his playing days ended in 2013, Quinn joined the coaching staff as an assistant at Northwestern, then the Heat staff in 2014. He’s still with the team.

Stat Line: 168 games, 16.1 minutes, .409 field goals, .397 three-pointers, .813 free throws, 5.6 points, 2.2 assists, 1.3 rebounds, 0.5 steals, 13.3 PER, 5.3 Win Shares.

Cumulative GameScore: 752.0