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Kevin Edwards: 30 Years of Heat

Kevin Edwards ranks 15th on the all-time countdown for the Miami Heat

15. Kevin Edwards

Kevin Edwards was a 6'3" shooting guard and one of the starting five in Miami's first ever game. A native of Cleveland Heights, OH, he was born on October 30th, 1965. He played college ball with the Blue Demons at DePaul, averaging 18.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 3.9 assists per apperance over two seasons. Miami selected him with the 20th overall pick in the 1988 draft. They had procured the pick from the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for a promise that the Heat would select Arvid Kramer with their expansion draft selection.

Edwards led the brand new Heat as a rookie with a 13.8 scoring average and with 139 steals. He played in 79 games through the season, starting 62 at point guard and sinking 42.5% of his field goal attempts. He ranked second on the team with 4.4 assists per game, along with 3.3 rebounds in 29.7 minutes. Edwards finished in double figures more often than not, totalling 56 such games in 1988-89, along with three double doubles. On December 26th, in a 111-109 win over the San Antonio Spurs, he scored 18 points with 10 rebounds and six steals. In a 117-109 loss to the New Jersey Nets on February 20th, he scored a season high 34 points wih nine assists and six rebounds. He scored 25 points with 10 rebounds, six assists, three steals and two blocks on March 10th, in a win over the Denver Nuggets, 131-130. Miami went 15-67 to start their existence.

Edwards played 78 games in 1989-90, starting 54 times at point guard. He scored 12 points per game shooting 41.2% in 28.3 minutes per night. He also collected 3.6 rebounds and dished out 3.2 assists with 1.6 steals per game. He scored 10 or more points in 47 games as the team went 18-60 with him in the rotation. On the 14th of November, in a 101-99 win against the Houston Rockets, he went 14-for-25 from the floor for 33 points along with six rebounds, six assists, and four steals. He scored 29 points with eight rebounds, eight assists, and five steals on February 2nd in a win against the Los Angeles Clippers, 126-91. On February 19th, he registered his only double double of the season by scoring 10 points with 10 rebounds in 27 minutes of a 94-85 loss to the Detroit Pistons. The Heat, although more competitive than in their first season, were still struggling to win under first ever coach Ron Rothstein - finishing at 18-64.

In 1990-91, Edwards started in 16 of his 79 overall appearances, playing 25.3 minutes per game. He shot 41% from the field, averaging 12.1 points with 2.6 rebounds, three assists and 1.6 blocks per game. Miami won 24 games and lost 55 with Edwards on the floor, scoring in double figures 49 times. In a 105-93 win over the Dallas Mavericks, he scored 19 points with 10 rebounds and five assists in his season's only double double. He racked up a season high 34 points with six rebounds and five assists on November 23rd in a 116-100 win over the Charotte Hornets. He scored 28 points on March 26th in a 104-98 win against the Cleveland Cavaliers, adding seven assists, three blocks and two steals. Miami improved to 24-58, but still finished last in the Eastern Conference.

1991-92 would see Edwards appear 81 times, all but once off the bench. He shot a then career high 45.4% in 22.7 minutes per games, scoring 10.1 points with 2.6 rebounds, 2.1 assists, and 1.2 steals. There were 44 occurences of him finishing in double figures. In a 113-109 loss to the Seattle SuperSonics on January 2nd, he hit seven-of-11 shots for 26 points along with four steals. He scored 24 points on 11-of-18 shots with six steals, four rebounds and two assists as the Heat lost to the Los Angeles Clippers, 108-92. In a 123-81 loss to the Chicago Bulls on March 6th, he scored 21 points with nine rebounds and four assists. Miami went 38-44, earning their first trip to the postseason with the eighth seed. Miami lost three straight in the opening round to the Chicago Bulls. Edwards scored 15 points with seven rebounds and seven assists in 55 minutes, appearing in all three games.

In 1992-93, Edwards was limited to 40 games, starting 30 times at shooting guard. He raised his field goal percentage to 46.8%, playing 28.4 minutes per games. He averaged 13.9 points with three rebounds, three assists, and 1.7 steals per game. He scored 10 or more points 29 times as the Heat went 15-25 with him in the lineup. In a 100-97 Heat loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on December 20th, he sunk 13-of-24 shots for 26 points, along with three rebounds, three assists, and three steals. On December 19th, in a 91-87 loss to the New York Knicks, he scored 20 points with six steals and three assists. On January 10th, he scored 25 points wih eight rebounds, four assists and three steals in a win over the Los Angeles Lakers, 101-89. Miami finished at 36-46.

During the 1993 offseason, Edwards signed a free agent contract with the New Jersey Nets (189 games), later appearing with the Orlando Magic (12 games) and the Vancouver Grizzlies(46 games). According to Wikipedia, Edwards currently serves as DePaul University men's basketball team's director of community, corporate, and professional relations.

Stat Line: 357 games, 26.7 minutes, .428 field goals, .275 three-pointers, .798 free throws, 12.2 points, 3.2 assists, 3.0 rebounds, 1.6 steals, 13.4 PER, 6.7 Win Shares.

Cumulative GameScore: 2949.6