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B-Easy and Voshon: 30 Years of Heat

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Michael Beasley’s three stops in Miami and Voshon Lenard’s contributions are on tap today in the Heat countdown.

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24. Michael Beasley

Michael Beasley is a 6'9" power forward from Frederick, MD. Born on January 9th, 1989, the ambidextrous shooter attended Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, MA. He declared himself elibigle for the NBA draftafter one collegiate season with the Kansas State University Wildcats. In his only season of college ball, he scored 26.2 points and grabbed 12.4 rebounds per game. The Heat picked him in the first round of the 2008 NBA Draft, with the number two overall pick.

Beasley started in 19 of his 81 appearances as a rookie in 2008-09, shooting 47.2% from the field and 40.7% from three-point range. He played 24.8 minutes, with 13.9 points (team second), 5.4 rebounds (team third), and one assist per game. He had 58 occurences of 10 or more points, with eight double doubles. On November 29th, in a 97-96 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, he scored 24 points with five rebounds in 27 minutes off the bench. On January 9th, in a 119-115 win over the Sacramento Kings, scored 23 points with 10 rebounds in 35 minutes. In his last five appearances of the regular season, he scored 24.2 points with 11.2 rebounds per game, with three double doubles. Miami earned a fifth seed with a 43-39 record, but lost to the Atlanta Hawks in seven games in the opening round of the playoffs. Beasley played in every game, scoring 12 points and seven rebounds per appearance. In Miami's game six 98-72 victory, he scored 22 points with 15 rebounds in 36 minutes off the bench. In consecutive seasons, he had earned McDonald's All American Honors, an NCAA AP All-American first team selection, and was named to the NBA's All-Rookie first team.

In 2009-10, Beasley played in 78 games, all starts. He shot 45% from the field, but his long distance shooting rate dropped to just 27.5% in 29.8 minutes per game. He averaged 14.8 points (team second) with 6.4 rebounds (team third), 1.3 assists, and one steal (team third) per game. He Heat went 44-34 in his presence, and he earned 11 double doubles on the season. In a 115-95 win over the Toronto Raptors on December 15th, he scored 28 points on 11-of-19 shooting with 11 rebounds. He scored a season and game high 30 points with eight rebounds on February 19th, in a 100-87, two overtime win over the Memphis Grizzlies. In his last regular season appearance, a 94-86, two overtime win over the New Jersey Nets on April 14th, he scored 25 points with 13 rebounds and three blocks. The Heat, owners of the fifth seed with a 47-35 record, were eliminated by the Boston Celtics in the first round of the playoffs, four games to one. Beasley averaged 10 points and six rebounds per game. He collected $8,953,560 through his first hitch with the team. After the season, the Heat traded him to the Minnesota Timberwolves for cash and two draft picks (Bojan Bogdanovic and Markel Brown).

Beasley played in 120 games for the Timberwolves, and later played 75 games in 2012-13 with the Phoenix Suns. After the Suns waived him during the 2013 offseason, the Heat signed him to a contract for just over $1 million.

Beasley joined the new Miami dynasty in progress, and appeared in 55 games with the Heat, including 15 starts. The club went 36-19 when he played and 18-9 when he didn’t, meaning his appearances had almost no correlation to the team’s win/loss record. He shot .499 from the field and a .389 club from deep, his best figure since shooting .407 through his rookie campaign. He averaged 7.9 points with 3.1 rebounds and 0.8 assists per contest, playing 15.5 minutes per night.

On November 27th, in a 95-84 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, he came off the bench for 17 points with nine boards and two assists. In a 107-97 Heat loss to the Detroit Pistons on December 3rd, Beasley scored a game-high 23 points, shooting nine-for-16 with four rebounds. His best performance of the season was in another loss, to the Houston Rockets, 106-103 on March 4th. He led Miami with 24 points on a nine-of-13 show, with four rebounds and a pair of helpers. He only appeared in four playoff games after the regular season with the Heat, totaling 11 points on five-of-10 shooting in 23 accumulated minutes. He signed on with the Memphis Grizzlies during training camp in 2014, but was waived by the team prior to the start of the regular season.

On February 26th, 2015, Beasley signed with the Heat for the third time, first with two 10-day contracts and then for the remainder of the season. He ended up scoring 8.8 points with 3.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.6 steals and 0.5 blocks in 21.0 minutes per appearance, over 24 games.

The 2014-15 Heat underwhelmed after the defection of LeBron James back to the Cleveland Cavaliers, but Beasley had one of his most impressive games with the Heat on April 15th in a 105-101 win against the Philadelphia 76ers. He played all 48 minutes and led everyone with 34 points. He added 11 rebounds, eight assists, two steals and two blocks.

Miami didn’t retain Beasley’s services. Beasley went on to play with the Houston Rockets (20 games) and the Milwaukee Bucks (56 games). He’s the only player in NBA history to appear with all four “M” teams (Miami, Minnesota, Memphis, Milwaukee).

Stat Line: 238 games, 23.8 minutes, .464 field goals, .332 three-pointers, .783 free throws, 12.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.5 blocks, 16.1 PER, 9.5 Win Shares

Cumulative GameScore: 1961.9

23. Voshon Lenard

Voshon Lenard was a 6'4" shooting guard out of the University of Minnesota. Born on May 14th, 1973, in Detroit, MI, he was a standout with Southwestern High in his hometown, graduating with the Class of 1991. As a Golden Gopher, he played 127 games over four seasons, averaging 16.6 points with 3.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. He was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks in the second round of the 1995 draft, but failed to make the team. On December 29th, the Heatsigned him as a free agent for $247,500.

Lenard played 30 games for Miami in 1995-96, all off the bench. He was good for 5.9 points, 1.7 rebounds and an assist in 10.8 minutes per game. He shot 37.6% overall and 35.6% from deep. The Heat went 15-15 with him in the rotation, as Lenard finished with 10 or more points seven times. On February 23rd, in a 113-104 upset over the Chicago Bulls, he went four-for-seven from long distance, scoring 19 points with six assists and six rebounds. He scored a season high 20 points in 21 minutes on April 6th, in a loss to the Washington Bullets, 111-99, adding four rebounds in the effort. Miami finished up 42-40 before losing three straight to the Bulls in the opening round of the playoffs. Lenard did not appear in the postseason.

Lenard signed a new contract prior to 1996-97, for $16,542,548 over five seasons. He shot a team leading 41.4% from deep and 45.9% overall in 28.9 minutes per appearance, scoring 12.3 points (team fourth). He started in 47 of 73 games, averaging three rebounds and 2.2 assists (team fourth) per game. He finished in double figures over half the time, with 39 performances, and the Heat went 53-20 with him on the floor. On January 17th, in a win against the Bullets, 103-92, he hit eight-of-11 shots, including all five three point attempts, scoring 21 points wtih eight rebounds, four assists, and three steals. He put up a season high 38 points on February 6th, shooting 13-for-20 overall and six-for-seven from deep, adding four rebounds and four assists in a win over the Milwaukee Bucks, 102-90. On February 15th, he scored 24 points with eight assists in a 125-99 triumph over the Philadelphia 76ers. MIami went 61-21 earning the second seed in the East. He appeared in all 17 of Miami's playoff games before they were eliminated in the third round by the Bulls. Lenard scored 12.7 points with 3.3 rebounds and 2.4 helpers per game.

In 1997-98, Lenard started in each of his 81 appearances, and averaged 12.6 points (team fifth) with 3.6 rebounds, and 2.2 assists (team fourth) per game. He played a career high 32.4 minutes per game, shooting 42.5% overall and 40.5% from outside. He scored 10 or more points 55 times through the season. In a 108-99 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on January 17th, he scored a season high 28 points, with four boards and three helpers. In a 91-81 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on February 10th, he scored 21 points with seven rebounds. The Heat went 55-27, but lost to the New York Knicks in the opening round of the postseason. Lenard scored 14.4 points with 3.8 boards and 1.4 assists in the five games.

1998-99 would see Lenard limited by injury to just two starts over 12 contests. He totaled 82 points with 16 rebounds and 10 assists. He did join the Heat for the postseason, scoring 9.3 points per game, almost entirely from three-point range, going nine-for-14 over four contests.

1999-00 would be Lenard's last season in Miami. It would see him start in 13 of his 53 appearances, shooting 40.7% overall and 39% from three-point range. In 27.1 minutes, he scored 11.9 points with 2.9 boards and 2.6 dimes per contest. He finished in double digits 33 times, helping Miami to a 34-19 record while in the rotation. In a loss to the Bucks on December 16th, 96-95, he racked up a season high 29 points on 11-of-17 shooting. He scored 25 points with five rebounds in a loss to the Utah Jazz, 93-83 on January 13th. On January 31st, in a 104-82 win against the Detroit Pistons, he scored 18 points with six assists, four rebounds, and three steals. Miami went 52-30 and swept the Pistons in the opening round of the playoffs befor losing to the Knicks in seven. Lenard did not make a postseason appearance.

During the 2000 offseason, the Heat traded Lenard along with Mark Strickland to the Denver Nuggets for Chris Gatling and a draft pick (Eddie House). After 151 games for Denver, he joined the Toronto Raptors for 63 games in 2002-03. He rejoined the Nuggets for parts of three seasons (88 games), closing out his NBA career with the Portland Trail Blazers (14 games).

Stat Line: 249 games, 26.8 minutes, .427 field goals, .399 three-pointers, .795 free throws, 11.3 points, 2.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 0.6 steals, 14.0 PER, 18.1 Win Shares.

Cumulative GameScore: 2019.6