36. Norris Cole
Norris Cole was born on October 13th, 1988 (three weeks before the Heat would take the court for the first time). Born in Dayton, OH, he is a 6'2" point guard, and a graduate of Cleveland State University. He played four seasons with the team, starting the last three and averaging 21.7 points, six rebounds and five assists as a senior in 2010-11. The Heat acquired Chris Bosh by trading Cole's eventual pick and another away to the Toronto Raptors in 2010. The pick was traded to the Chicago Bulls. The Bulls selected him in the first round of the draft, 28th overall, then traded him to the Minnesota TimberWolves, who sent him to the Heat for Bojan Bogdanovic.
As a rookie, Cole appeared in 65 of Miami's 66 games, only starting twice and shooting 39.3% from the field and just 27.6% from long distance. He averaged seven points and two assists in 19 minutes per contest. He finished in double figures 21 times, including two 20-point games. In just his fifth career game, on New Year's Day, he scored 16 points on six-of-eight shooting, along with a season high nine assists in a 129-90 demolishion of the Charlotte Bobcats. He saw significantly less action in the playoffs, making 19 appearances and playing 8.9 minutes average in helping the Heat to their first of two consecutive titles.
Cole was expected to turn a corner in 2012-13, as the Heat bolstered their roster with even more shooters, including Rashard Lewis and Ray Allen. Instead, he seemed to hold steady in his progress, in fact producing an identical player efficiency rating from the previous season (7.9). He improved his shooting percentages to 42.1% and to 35.7%, respectively, while racking an identical 19 minutes average per appearance and seeing his average points drop to five and a half points. He started four out of his 80 appearances over the season, scoring in double figures 13 times. On March 24th, he played 22 minutes and scored 15 points (including a three-for-four night from long range) along with six assists in a 109-77 win over Charlotte. His best game of the season came on April 15th, as he earned a rare start as the regular starters took a break. He finished with his first career double double, missing the hat trick by one assist with 16 points, 11 rebounds and nine helpers to dust off the Cleveland Cavaliers, 96-95. In 21 playoff games, he raised his PER into the mid-12 range and scored 18 points twice as the Heat won their second title in a row.
In 2013-14, Cole was the only player on the Heat to appear in all 82 contests, although he only started six of them. He played 24.6 minutes per game, and shot .414 from the field and .345 from the line, averaging 6.4 points, 3.0 assists, and 2.0 rebounds per contest. He ranked fourth on the team with 2014 minutes on the court and with 248 assists, ranking fifth with 77 steals.
Miami went 54-28 for the season, and qualified for their fourth consecutive finals appearance. Although Cole did not register a double-double for the season, he scored in double figures 21 times. He had his three best games of the season in the same week, using the GameScore metric to measure such things. On January 10th he scored 18 points with seven assists in a club-season-high 52 minutes of action of a 104-95, two-overtime loss to the Brooklyn Nets. He scored 15 with seven helpers and three steals five days later, playing 39 minutes of a 114-97 loss to the Washington Wizards. Two days after that, in a 101-86 win over the Philadelphia 76ers, he scored 13 points with three assists and two rebounds.
In the postseason, Cole played in all 20 games off the bench for the Heat. His best game came in Miami’s series-clinching Game Four 109-98 win over the Charlotte Bobcats, when he scored 13 points with four assists in 32 minutes. Miami went on to defeat the Nets in five games and the Indiana Pacers in six before losing in five to the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals.
In 2014-15, Cole started in 23 of his 47 appearances with Miami, averaging 24.4 minutes per game. He shot .386 from the field for 6.3 points per game, with 3.5 assists, 2.3 rebounds, and 0.9 steals. The team went 19-28 when Cole played, and 3-2 when he did not.
In the season opener, Cole drained nine-of-15 shots for a season-high 23 points, with three rebounds and two assists in a 107-95 victory against the Wizards. Cole finished in double figures 10 times for the Heat. On February 19th, according to www.basketball-reference.com,
As part of a 3-team trade, traded by the Miami Heat with Justin Hamilton and Shawne Williams to the New Orleans Pelicans; the Miami Heat traded Danny Granger, a 2017 1st round draft pick and a 2021 1st round draft pick to the Phoenix Suns; the New Orleans Pelicans traded John Salmons to the Phoenix Suns; and the Phoenix Suns traded Goran Dragic and Zoran Dragic to the Miami Heat. (2017 1st-round pick is top-7 protected)
Cole played in 73 games over the next two seasons with the Pelicans before signing with the Oklahoma City Thunder on March 1st, 2017. He played in 13 games, averaging just under 10 minutes backing up Russell Westbrook.
Stat Line: 274 games, 21.9 minutes, .405 field goals, .318 three-pointers, .728 free throws, 6.2 points, 2.6 assists, 1.8 rebounds, 0.8 steals, 8.6 PER, 2.5 Win Shares.
Cumulative GameScore: 1244.4
35. Brian Shaw
Brian Shaw was born on March 22nd, 1966 in Oakland, CA. A 6'6" point guard out of Bishop O'Dowd in his home town, he played two college seasons with St. Mary's before transferring for his last two seasons to the University of California at Santa Barbara. As a senior, he scored 13.3 points with 8.7 rebounds and 6.1 assists per appearance. The Boston Celtics picked him in the first round of the 1988 draft, 24th overall.
Shaw played two and a half seasons with the Celtics (178 games), interrupted by a season in Italy. On January 10th, 1992, the Celtics traded him to the Heat for Sherman Douglas.
With Miami that season, Shaw started in half of his 46 appearances, shooting 40% from the floor. He scored seven points, throwing in three rebounds and three and a half assists in just under a half per game. He finished in double figures 15 times. On January 15th, in a 134-115 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks, he shot seven-for-10, scoring 14 points with six rebounds and three assists. He scored 14 points with six rebounds, five assists, and three steals on February 28th in a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, 108-92. In a 114-93 loss to the Houston Rockets on March 5th, he scored 20 points with four rebounds, three assists, and six steals. Miami went 38-44, sneaking into the playoffs with the eighth seed before getting downed in three straight to the Chicago Bulls. Shaw totalled 36 points with 13 rebounds and 12 assists in 85 minutes. The Heat assumed the second half of Shaw's contract, a four year deal for $5,451,000. Miami was responsible for $2,926,000.
In Shaw's first full season with Miami, he started 45 games, appearing off the bench 23 times. He played 23.6 minutes per game, shooting 39.3% overall and 33.1% from long distance. His contribution per game increased to 7.3 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 3.5 assists. Miami went 28-40 with him on the floor, as he finished in double figures 21 times with one double-double. On the 14th of January, he scored 14 points with 12 assists and seven rebounds in 39 minutes off the bench in a 104-93 loss to the Portland TrailBlazers. In a 130-129 win over the Denver Nuggets on February 15th, he shot 10-for-15, scoring 23 points with four rebounds and five assists. He scored a season high 32 points by draining 10-of-15 three pointers (then an NBA record for three-pointers made) with six rebounds, three assists and four steals in a 117-92 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on April 8th. Miami missed the playoffs at 36-46.
1993-94 would see Shaw start in 52 of his 77 appearances with the Heat. He played 26.5 minutes per game, averaging nine points with 4.5 rebounds and five assists. He also improved his shooting percentages, to 41.7% overall and 33.8% from three-point range, scoring in double digits 33 times and racking up 10 double-doubles. In a 98-90 win against the Philadelphia 76ers on December 22nd, he scored 17 points with eight rebounds, six assists, and four steals in 27 minutes. In 34 minutes on January 14th, he shot nine-for-13, including three-for-four from long distance, totalling 21 points with five rebounds and seven assists in a loss to the Blazers, 115-110. On February 5th, in a 96-94 loss to the Sixers, he scored 27 points with 10 boards and nine helpers to fall just short of a triple-double. Miami won another eighth seed at 42-40, but lost their best of five opening series to the Atlanta Hawks, three-games-to-two. Shaw scored a total of 39 points with 20 rebounds and nine assists, playing 22 minutes per game.
Shaw set out for greener pastures in 1994-95, signing with the Orlando Magic as an unrestricted free agent. He spent three seasons with Orlando (230 games), later playing with the Golden State Warriors (39 games), the Philadelphia 76ers (20 games), the Portland Trail Blazers (one game), and the Los Angeles Lakers for four seasons (284 games). After retirement, he worked as a scout for the Lakers. Later, he spent two seasons as an assistant with the Indiana Pacers. He then replaced George Karl, taking over the reins as the head coach with the Denver Nuggets for two seasons and racking up a 56-85 record. He served as an Associate Head Coach last season with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Stat Line: 191 games, 24.2 minutes, .405 field goals, .334 three-pointers, .743 free throws, 7.9 points, 4.1 assists, 3.9 rebounds, 0.9 steals, 12.2 PER, 5.3 Win Shares.
Cumulative GameScore: 1252.6