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Two guys named James (but neither is named LeBron): 30 Years of Heat

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James Jones and James Posey populate today’s list.

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52. James Posey

James Posey, a Cleveland, OH native, was a 6'8" small forward when drafted out of Xavier University. Born on January 13th, 1977, he played three seasons with the Commodores, averaging 15.3 points with 8.4 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game. The Denver Nuggets selected him in the first round of the 1999 draft, with the 18th overall pick. He played three and a half seasons with the Nuggets (261 games), later joining the Houston Rockets (58 games) and the Memphis Grizzlies (132 games). Miami acquired him in the five-team trade that also brought Antoine Walker and Jason Williams to the Heat.

In 2005-06, Posey started 63 times at small forward, appearing four times off the bench. In 28.6 minutes per game, he averaged 7.2 points on 40.3% shooting (from both two-point and three-point range) with 4.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists. Miami went 44-23 with him in the rotation, with 18 occasions of 10 or more points scored. On November 28th, in a 107-94 victory against the New York Knicks, he scored a season high 19 points with five rebounds, two assists and two steals. He scored 17 points with nine rebounds and two steals on January 14th in a 100-94 win over the Utah Jazz. His only double double of the season came on Groundhog's Day, in a 101-73 win against the Cleveland Cavaliers, when he scored 11 points with 10 rebounds. Miami secured the second seed at 52-30, eventually winning the franchises first NBA title. In 22 playoff games, he scored 7.3 points with 5.7 rebounds per contest. His best game was Miami's game six series clinching win over the Bulls, when he scored 18 points (including five-of-seven three pointers) with seven rebounds off the bench.

2006-07 would see Posey score 7.7 points on 43.1% shooting in 27 minutes per game. He started 19 times at small forward, appearing 71 times overall and shooting 37.5% from long distance. He also pitched in five rebounds, 1.3 assists, and one steal per contest. He scored in double digits 23 times as Miami went 40-31 with him on the floor. On December 15th, in a 106-95 loss to the Washington Wizards, he scored a season high 26 points with seven rebounds and three dimes. He scored 16 points with 11 rebounds and four steals on March 16th, in a win over the Sacramento Kings, 103-97. The Heat posted a 44-38 record, a Southeast Division Championship, and the fourth seed in the East. They lost four straight games in the opening round to the Bulls. Posey scored 31 points with 31 rebounds and eight steals.

Posey signed on with the Celtics the following season (74 games), later playing with the New Orleans Hornets (152 games) and the Indiana Pacers (49 games). He was recently named an assistant coach with the Canton Charge of the NBA D-League.

Stat Line: 138 games, 27.8 minutes, .417 field goals, .390 three-pointers, .811 free throws, 7.5 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.9 steals, 11.3 PER, 9.4 Win Shares.

Cumulative GameScore: 960.0

51. James Jones

James Jones is a 6'8" small forward and three-point shooting specialist from Miami, FL. Born on October 4th, 1980, he attended American High in Miami before joining the Miami Hurricanes in college. He played four seasons at the U, and as a senior in 2002-03 averaged 16.9 points with six rebounds per game. After graduating, he was chosen by the Indiana Pacers in the second round of the draft, with the 49th overall pick. He played two seasons with the Pacers (81 games), later joining the Phoenix Suns (151 games) and the Portland Trail Blazers (58 games). He ranked third in the NBA with a 44.4% three point success rate with Portland in 2007-08. Miami signed him to a two year contract for $8,330,000 during the 2008 offseason.

In 2008-09, Jones started one game at small forward, appearing 40 times overall. He shot 36.9% overall and 34.4% from three point range playing 15.8 minutes per contest. He averaged 4.2 points with 1.6 rebounds per game. Miami went 20-20 with him in the rotation, scoring 10 or more points six times. On April 7th, in a 93-87 loss to the New Orleans Hornets, he scored nine points on three-for-four three point shooting with six rebounds. He scored 13 points with five rebounds on April 15th, in a 102-96 victory over the Detroit Pistons. Miami finished up the season with a 43-39 record, earning the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference. Miami lost the opening series in seven games to the Atlanta Hawks. Jones started all seven games, scoring 9.6 points per games, sinking 11-of-22 three pointers with 2.3 rebounds per appearance. He converted at least one from long distance in each game.

2009-10 would see Jones start in six of his 36 appearances, shooting 36.1% from the field and 41.1% from three point range in 14 minutes per game. He scored four points with 1.3 rebounds per contest. He finished in double figures three times, helping Miami to a 21-15 record. On November 25th, he scored a season high 16 points, going four-of-seven from deep with four rebounds in a 99-98 victory over the Orlando Magic. Miami's last pre-"big three" iteration posted a fifth seed clinching 47-35 record, losing to the Boston Celtics in the first round, four-games-to-one. Jones made one playoff appearance, scoring two points in nine minutes.

Jones saw his most extensive game action for the 2010-11 Heat, starting eight times and appearing in every game but one over the course of the season. He played 19.1 minutes per night, shooting 42% overall and 43% from long distance. He scored 5.9 points with two rebounds per contest. In a 129-97 Heat win against the Minnesota TimberWolves on November 2nd, he scored 17 points with six rebounds. Miami clinched the second seed with a 58-24 record before advancing to the NBA Finals, where they lost to the Dallas Mavericks in six games. Jones appeared in 12 postseason contests. On May 1st, he racked up 25 points, shooting five-of-seven three pointers in a 99-90, game one win over the Boston Celtics. He also won the three-point contest during all-star weekend, the fourth Heat player to accomplish the task.

In 2011-12, Jones played in 51 games, starting 10 times at shooting guard. He scored 3.6 points with one rebound per appearance, shooting 38% from the field overall and 40.4% from three point distance. He scored in double figures three times, helping the Heat to a 37-14 record in his appearances. On April 8th, he scored 18 points on six-of-eight three point shooting with four steals in a 98-75 victory over the Detroit Pistons. Miami posted a strike-shortened 46-20 win-loss record, earning the second seed and eventually winning the franchise's second NBA title. Jones appeared 20 times through the playoffs, scoring a total of 51 points with 20 rebounds.

2012-13 would see Jones' role further reduced, appearing 38 times off the bench for 5.8 minutes per game. He shot 34.4% overall and hit 16-of-53 three point attempts (.302), totaling 60 points, 22 rebounds, and 13 assists through the campaign. Miami took the top overall seed in the playoffs, going 66-16 before claiming their second consecutive NBA title, and third overall. Jones appeared in nine games total, scoring nine points in 33 minutes.

In 2013-14, Jones only appeared in 20 game for Miami, coming off the bench in 14 of them. The Heat posted a 15-5 record when he appeared, versus 39-23 when he didn't.

Despite his greatly reduced role, Jones notched career highs with a .456 field goal percentage and a world-beating .519 three-point shot rate. He had his best game of the season in his start against the Magic on November 20th, scoring 17 points on five-of-seven three-point shooting in 20 minutes as the Heat earned a 120-92 victory.

Jones came in off the bench in 15 of Miami’s playoff games as they won their fourth consecutive Eastern Conference title, shooting .450 overall and .469 from deep. His best was on April 20th, in a 99-88 game one win against the Charlotte Bobcats. He scored 12 points in 14 minutes, with three rebounds.

The Cavaliers and King James welcomed Jones to Cleveland for the 2014-15 campaign. In three seasons with the club, he played in 153 more games in the regular season, and another 40 in the postseason, retiring a few weeks ago.

Stat Line: 266 games, 14.3 minutes, .395 field goals, .408 three-pointers, .813 free throws, 4.3 points, 1.4 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 10.2 PER, 9.2 Win Shares.

Cumulative GameScore: 999.8