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ABC and the Candy Man: 30 Years of Heat

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Anthony Carter and Lamar Odom are featured in today’s countdown.

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40. Lamar Odom

Lamar Odom, also at times known as “L.O.,” “The Goods,” and as “Candy Man,” is a left-handed, 6'10" power forward from Jamaica, NY. Born on November 6th, 1979, he played for St. Thomas Aquinas in New Britian, CT in high school. After earning notice by making the 1997 McDonald's All American team, he played one season with the University of Rhode Island. He scored 17.6 points, grabbed 9.4 boards, and dished out 3.8 assists per game in 1998-99. He declared himself eligible for the 1999 NBA Draft, and was picked in the first round by the Los Angeles Clippers, fourth overall.

Odom played four seasons with the Clippers, scoring 16 points, 7.3 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 1.3 blocks, and one steal per appearance. During the 2003 offseason, he signed a six year contract to play for the Heat, for $71,723,313.

Odom started in each of his 80 appearances for the Heat in 2003-04. He scored 17.1 points (team second), collected 9.7 rebounds (team first), distributed 4.1 assists (team third), made 1.1 steals (team third) and rejected a team leading 71 blocks. He also led the team by playing 37.5 minutes per game, and shot 43% from the field and just under 30% from three-point distance. He scored in double figures in 90% of his starts (72-for-80) and posted 37 double doubles. In a 91-88 win over the Memphis Grizzles on December 12th, he scored 29 points with 14 rebounds, three dimes and two steals. In a 102-96 win over the Sacramento Kings on March 6th, he scored a season high 30 points on seven-of-12 shooting with 19 rebounds and 11 assists, leading both teams in all three categories (see below). He scored 26 with 18 boards and four assists on March 26th in a 119-118 overtime win against the Dallas Mavericks. After spending most of the season below .500, the Heat clinched the fourth playoff seed in the East with a 42-40 record. They downed the New Orleans Hornets in seven games before losing to the Indiana Pacers in six. Through the postseason, Odom led the Heat with 512 minutes played, averaging 17 with 8.3 rebounds and 2.8 assists. His best game was Miami's final win, a game four, 100-88 victory over the Pacers. Odom scored 22 points with seven rebounds in 44 minutes.

After the playoffs, Miami traded Odom with Caron Butler, Brian Grant, and two draft picks (Jordan Farmar and Renaldas Seibutis) to the Los Angeles Lakers for Shaquille O'Neal. Odom played seven seasons in Los Angeles (519 games), scoring 13.7 points and 9.5 rebounds per game while playing just under three quarters per night. He played with the Mavericks in 2011-12 (50 games) and with the Clippers in 2012-13 (82 games). Unfortunately, he has made headlines for other reasons away from the court with confirmed drug use, eventual hospitalization, many appearances on “Keeping up with the Kardashians,” and other infidelities.

Stat Line: 80 games, 37.5 minutes, .430 field goals, .298 three-pointers, .742 free throws, 17.1 points, 9.7 rebounds ,4.1 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.9 blocks, 18.5 PER, 8.4 Win Shares.

Cumulative GameScore: 1186.8

39. Anthony Carter

Anthony Bernard Carter (or ABC) is a 6'1" point guard from Milwaukee, WI. Born June 16th, 1975, he played one season of high school ball at Alonza Crim High School in Atlanta, GA, dropping out to play street ball. He was devoid of positive guidance within his family, as his mother was addicted to drugs and all seven of his uncles served time in prison. His skills, however, were enough to earn notice throughout the community. He was encouraged to earn a GED, and afterward attended the University of Hawaii on scholarship. He played two seasons with the Rainbows, averaging 18.4 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 6.9 assists per game.

After going unselected in the draft of 1998, Carter signed on for a season of professional basketball with the CBA's Yakima Sun Kings. The Heat signed him before the 1999-00 season to a four-year contract with an option for a fifth. His four year salary was $8,101,250.

As a rookie, Carter played 79 games, starting 30 for the Heat at point guard. He shot 39.5% from the floor in 23.5 minutes per appearance, scoring 6.3 points 2.5 rebounds, 4.8 assists, and 1.2 steals per game (leading the Heat with 93 steals total). He finished in double digits 18 times, and dished out 10 or more assists five times, totaling five double-doubles. On December 6th, in a 99-91 Heat win over the Los Angeles Clippers, he hit nine-of-13 shots, scoring 20 points with three rebounds and five assists. In a 109-106 victory against the Orlando Magic on December 29th, He scored 21 points with three rebounds and nine assists in 33 minutes. On January 2nd, he scored 13 points with 10 assists and three rebounds in a 111-103 win over the Orlando Magic. On April 18th, he sunk eight-of-11 shots in 29 minutes, scoring 17 points with four rebounds and six assists in a 97-73 win over the Toronto Raptors. After winning the Atlantic Division Title with a 52-30 record, the Heat defeated the Detroit Pistons, 3-0 in the first round. Carter scored 10 points and dished out 13 helpers in game two, an 84-82 victory. The Heat then fell to the New York Knicks in seven games.

Carter started in six of his 72 appearances in 2000-01. He shot 40.6% from the field, averaging six and a half points, two and a half rebounds, and three and a half assists in 22.6 minutes per appearance. He scored 10 or more points on 16 occasions. On February 21st, he scored 19 points on nine-of-14 shooting with six assists in a Heat loss to the Phoenix Suns, 100-85. On April 13th, he went eight-for-11 from the field, scoring 17 points with six assists in 32 minutes of a 94-82 defeat at the hands of the Raptors. Miami earned the third seed in the playoffs with a 50-32 record, but bowed out quickly in three games to the sixth seeded Charlotte Hornets.

In 2001-02, Carter averaged 23 points per game, starting 18 of his 46 appearances. He shot 34.2%, scoring four and a half points with four and a half assists and two and a half rebounds. He had eight games where he scored in double figures, and made 10 or more assists five times. On November 8th, in an 86-82 Heat loss to the Bucks, he scored 11 points with 11 assists, three rebounds and three steals. In a 103-89 Heat win against the Orlando Magic in the season finale on April 17th, he scored 10 points with 10 assists, four rebounds and three steals. Miami finished the season at 36-46, missing the playoffs.

2002-03 would be Carter's last season with the Heat, although his option was technically exercised. In 49 games, he started 26 at point guard, averaging 18.6 minutes per game. He shot 35.6%, scoring four points wtih four assists and one and a half rebounds. On March 25th, he dished out 15 assists in a 108-91 loss to the Minnesota TimberWolves. Three days later, in a rematch, the Heat won 111-84 as Carter scored 10 points with 11 dimes in 35 minutes. Miami finished at 25-57, again missing out on the postseason.

Due to an error on the part of his agent, Carter's extension with the Heat was not exercised and he then signed with the San Antonio Spurs for far less money. The agent was fired, and Carter only played five games with the Spurs. He later went on to play with the TimberWolves (111 games), the Denver Nuggets (218 games), the New York Knicks (19 games) and the Toronto Raptors (24 games).

Stat Line: 246 games, 22.2 minutes, .383 field goals, .671 free throws, 5.5 points, 4.3 assists, 2.4 rebounds, 1.1 steals, 10.5 PER, 3.1 Win Shares.

Cumulative GameScore: 1191.3