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Ricky Davis and Rafer Alston are featured in today’s countdown article.

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Rafer Alston is the #57 player on the countdown.

58. Ricky Davis

Ricky Davis, a 6'6" shooting guard / small forward from Las Vegas, NV, was born on September 23rd, 1979. After attending North High School in Davenport, IA, he played in college with the University of Iowa. He only played one season, scoring 15 points, four rebounds, and two and a half assists per game over 31 appearances. The Charlotte Hornets picked him in the first round of the 1998 draft, with the 21st overall pick.

Davis played for two seasons wtih the Hornets (94 games). During the 2000 offseason, the Hornets traded him with Dale Ellis, Eddie Jones, and Anthony Mason to the Heat for PJ Brown, Rodney Buford, Tim James, Jamal Mashburn, and Otis Thorpe. He injured his ankle early on, and didn't play a game until March. He finished the season after having scored just 32 points over seven games. The Heat traded him away just before the 2001-02 season started, sending him to the Cleveland Cavaliers in a three-team trade also involving the Toronto Raptors. The Heat gained Chris Gatling in the deal.

Davis played with the in parts of three seasons for the Cavs (183 games), later appearing with the Boston Celtics (181 games) and the Minnesota TimberWolves (117 games). Minnesota traded him back to the Heat with Mark Blount for Michael Doleac, Wayne Simien, Antoine Walker and an eventual first round draft pick.

The Heat paid Davis $6,819,000 for one season of service. He appeared in all 82 games for Miami, starting 47 at small forward. He averaged 13 points in 36 minutes per game, shooting 43.3% from the field and 40.5% from deep. He also grabbed 4.3 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.1 steals per game. He scored in double figures 60 times that season, with four double doubles. He was Miami's second leading scorer and rebounder, and third in assists. March 18th would see him score 14 points with a season high 10 assists in a 112-106 win against the Milwaukee Bucks. On April 4th, in a 109-95 loss to the Washington Wizards, Davis shot a staggering nine-for-12 from three-point range, scoring a season high 33 points with eight assists. He signed on with the Los Angeles Clippers as a free agent prior to the following season.

Davis played two seasons with the Clippers (74 games), later appearing with Turk Telekom (Turkey), the Jiangsu Dragons (China), Chorale Roanne (France), the Maine Red-Claws (NBA D-League), and the Piratas de Quebradillas (Puerto Rico). He last appeared in 2013-14 in the D-League with the Erie BayHawks (now known as the Lakeland Magic).

Stat Line: 89 games, 34.1 minutes, .432 field goals, .407 three-pointers, .790 free throws, 13.1 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.0 steals, 12.2 PER, 2.1 Win Shares.

Cumulative GameScore: 778.5

57. Rafer Alston

Rafer Alston, sometimes known as "Skip to my Lou," was a 6'2" streetballer from New York, NY. His street moves were part of the inspiration for the AND1 tour. Born on July 24th, 1976, he played college ball for three different schools in three years, culminating with Fresno State in 1997-98. He scored 11 points with 7.3 assists in his only "major" college season. The Milwaukee Bucks chose him in the second round of the 1998 draft with the 39th overall pick.

Alston didn't make the Bucks roster right away, playing his first season with the CBA's Idaho Stampede and part of 2002-03 with the NBA D-League Moblie Revelers. He spent the balance of his time with the Bucks (114 games) and the Toronto Raptors (47 games). During the 2003 offseason, he signed with the Heat for one year and $688,679.

Basically a fringe player up until his time with the Heat, Alston took the next step, playing in all 82 contests and starting 28 times at point guard. He was on the floor 31-5 minutes per game, shooting 37.6% with a 37.1% success rate from three point distance. He scored 10.2 points with 4.5 assists, 2.8 rebounds, and 1.4 steals per game. He ranked fourth on the Heat with 838 points scored, leading the club with 114 steals and 372 assists. Alston finished in double figures 42 times through the season. On the 9th of January, he scored 17 points with six assists and five steals in a 103-94 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. In a 99-88 loss to the New Jersey Nets on February 4th, he notched his season's only double double, with 10 points and 10 assists. His best game may have been on March 4th, in a 104-98 win over the Bucks, when he put up a season high 23 points with eight assists, five rebounds, and four steals. Although the Heat started at 26-36, they went 16-4 in the last 20 games of the season to nail down the fourth seed. After dispatching the New Orleans Hornets in seven games, Miami bowed out to the Indiana Pacers in the second round, four games to two. Alston played in all 13 games, all off the bench, playing 22.7 minutes per game with a seven point, 2.2 rebound, 1.7 assist average. His best game was a game one loss to the Pacers, 94-81, in which he scored 17 points with four rebounds and four assists.

Alston didn't stick around with the Heat, signing on with the Raptors (80 games). He also signed later with the Houston Rockets (267 games), the Orlando Magic (29 games), and the New Jersey Nets (27 games). He was released by the Nets on January 7th, 2010.

Miami signed Alston soon thereafter for $753,133. His second stint with the Heat would see him start in all 25 of his appearances, scoring 6.6 points on 35.5% shooting. He also hit 37% of his three point shots, with 2.9 assists and 2.2 boards per game. He finished in double figures nine times, including January 15th in a 115-106 win over the Rockets. Alston scored 17 points that night with four rebounds. A week later, he scored 11 points with nine assists, five rebounds and four steals in a 112-88 win over the Washington Wizards. He started his final NBA game on March 2nd. He missed a practice and a game, prompting the Heat front office to suspend him for the rest of the season.

Alston spent part of 2011 with the Zhejiang Lions (China), joining the NBA D-League's Los Angeles D-Fenders in 2012.

Stat Line: 107 games, 30.2 minutes, .372 field goals, .371 three-pointers, .733 free throws, 9.4 points, 4.1 assists, 2.6 rebounds, 1.3 steals, 12.5 PER, 6.4 Win Shares.

Cumulative GameScore: 813.3