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The Specialist and the House: 30 Years of Heat

Damon Jones and Eddie House.

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54. Eddie House

Eddie House, sometimes called “The Specialist,” a 6'1" guard from Berkeley, CA, was born on May 14th, 1978. An alum of Hayward High in the town of the same name, he played four seasons of collegiate basketball with the Sun Devils of Arizona State University. He started most of the time over his career, averaging 23 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 3.5 assists in 37 minutes as a senior. The Heat drafted him in the second round of the 2000 draft with the 37th pick overall.

As a rookie, House appeared in 50 games off the bench for the Heat at point guard, averaging 11 minutes per contest. He shot 42.1% overall, along with a 34.5% clip from outside. An average night for him consisted of five points and an assist. He scored in double digits 10 times. On November 18th, in an 86-80 Heat win over the Portland TrailBlazers, he scored 23 points on 10-of-16 shooting along with five rebounds and three assists. In the season finale on April 18th, a 103-91 win over the Orlando Magic, he scored 14 points with eight rebounds in 34 minutes. Miami's 50-32 record earned them a three seed in the postseason, where they were swept in three games by the Charlotte Hornets in the opening round. House played 64 minutes total, scoring 38 points with five assists overall.

In 2001-02, House played in 64 games overall, starting three at point guard. He averaged 39.9% shooting from the field, including 34.4% from long distance in 19.2 minutes per game. He scored eight points with two assists per night. He finished in double figures 22 times. On March 22nd, in a 104-94 loss to the Indiana Pacers, he scored 18 points on eight-of-12 shooting with three assists in 23 minutes. He scored a season high 28 points with five assists and four boards on April 12th, in a 99-94 win against the Orlando Magic. The Heat went 36-46 that season, missing the playoffs.

2002-03 would see House start in seven of his 55 appearances at shooting guard. He shot 38.7% from the field with a 30% success rate from outside in 18.6 minutes per game. He scored 7.5 points with 1.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game. He earned double digits just about a third of the time, on 19 occasions throughout the season. In a 111-84 Heat win over the Minnesota TimberWolves on March 28th, he scored 18 points on six-of-10 shooting with three assists. Three days later, in a 91-86 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, he scored 21 points on eight-for-15 shooting with five assists and two steals. The Heat went 25-57, missing the playoffs.

House signed on with the Los Angeles Clippers as a free agent for the following season (60 games). He also played with the Charlotte Bobcats (13 games), the Milwaukee Bucks (five games), the Sacramento Kings (50 games), the Phoenix Suns (81 games), the New Jersey Nets (56 games), the Boston Celtics (209 games), and the New York Knicks (18 games). He signed a contract to return to Miami during the 2010 offseason, for $1,352,181.

2010-11 would see House start one of 56 games at shooting guard. He again shot at a 39.9% clip, knocking down three's at a 38.9% rate. He played 17.5 minutes per game, averaging 6.5 points with 1.6 rebounds and 1.1 assists. He finished with 10 or more points 17 times. On November 20th, in a 97-95 Heat loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, he scored 20 points with four helpers. On the 4th of February, he scored 16 points (including four-for-five from three-point distance) along with two steals in a 109-97 win over the Charlotte Bobcats. on April 15th, he led all scorers with 35 points, going 14-for-27 overall with seven three pointers in a 97-79 win over the Toronto Raptors. Miami's 58-24 record was good enough for a second seed in the postseason. The Heat ran through the first three rounds of the playoffs, dismissing the Philadelphia 76ers, the Boston Celtics, and the Chicago Bulls each in five games. They closed out the season by losing the finals to the Dallas Mavericks in six games. House appeared seven times, scoring 11 points with five rebounds and four steals in 48 combined minutes on the floor.

Stat Line: 225 games, 16.8 minutes, .399 field goals, .349 three-pointers, .844 free throws, 6.8 points, 1.5 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.6 steals, 11.8 PER, 4.2 Win Shares.

Cumulative GameScore: 901.0

53. Damon Jones

Damon Jones was a 6'3" point guard from Ball High School in Galveston, TX, his hometown. Born on August 25th, 1976, he played three season of collegiate hoops with the University of Houston Cougars, averaging 16.4 points with 4.4 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game as a senior in 1996-97. After going undrafted, he played with the Black Hills Posse (IBA), the Jacksonville Barracudas (USBL), and the Idaho Stampede (CBA). He signed a free agent contract with the Orlando Magic on January 21st, 1999, but was waived before appearing in a game. Later that season, he signed on with the New Jersey Nets (11 games) before finishing the season with the Boston Celtics (13 games). He later played with the Golden State Warriors (13 games), the Dallas Mavericks (42 games), the Vancouver Grizzlies (71 games), the Detroit Pistons (67 games), the Sacramento Kings (49 games), and the Milwaukee Bucks (82 games).

Jones signed a one-year, $2,503,000 contract with the Heat during the 2004 offseason. According to the PER metric, he played his best basketball in his one season with Miami, starting 66 times at the point and playing in every game for an average of 31.4 minutes. He shot 45.6% from the field and an excellent 43.2% success rate from three-point range (NBA fifth), scoring 11.6 points (team fourth) with 4.3 assists (team second) and 2.8 rebounds per game. He tabulated 10 or more points on 48 occasions through the seasons. On December 13th, he scored 12 points with nine assists and six rebounds in a win over the Washington Wizards, 106-83. He sunk six-of-eight three point attempts on February 11th in a 97-87 win over the Charlotte Bobcats, scoring 22 points with eight assists and four rebounds. On February 16th, in a 113-95 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers, he scored 31 points, drilling eight-of-10 three point tries and adding five assists and three rebounds. He shot 10-for-13 from the field, including five perfect shots from long distance on March 31st in a 114-108 loss to the Indiana Pacers, racking up 27 points with five rebounds and four assists. Miami won the division title and the top overall seed in the Eastern Conference with a 59-23 record. After sweeping the New Jersey Nets and the Washington Wizards in four games a piece to open the postseason, the Heat were eliminated in seven games by the Detroit Pistons. Jones opened the playoffs by going 10-for-12 from the field, including seven three pointers along with four assists in a 116-98 win over the Nets. He scored 12 points with four assists and 2.7 rebounds, appearing in all 15 games.

Jones signed on with the Cleveland Cavaliers after the season, and appeared in 209 regular season contests before closing out his career with the Milwaukee Bucks (18 games) in 2008-09.

Stat Line: 82 games, 31.4 minutes, .456 field goals, .432 three-pointers, .791 free throws, 11.6 points, 4.3 assists, 2.8 rebounds, 0.5 steals, 15.5 PER, 8.7 Win Shares.

Cumulative GameScore: 939.6