The 8 Most Embarrassing Players in Miami Heat History
The Miami Heat may be the defending champions, but there is no denying this relatively young franchise has seen their fair share of horrendous rosters. Additionally, whenever a terrible squad is assembled, one can bank on the fact that there is an embarrassing player leading the way.
Whether it is a prospect who is struggling to make a significant impact in the NBA or a veteran holding on to their career for dear life, the Heat have possessed numerous players that they should be ashamed of having passed through the final cut.
Due to the massive contracts handed out to the "Big Three" (LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh), the Heat have been forced to pursue players at the bottom of the free-agent barrel the past few years.
These players are still professional talents, meaning that they are quite skilled at the game of basketball. Compared to the general NBA population, however, they fall short.
8. Keith Askins
Keith Askins, who played all nine years of his career with the Miami Heat, was not so much an embarrassing role player for the 1990's Miami Heat, but this appearance in the slideshow is more a testament to the fact that this mediocre forward played nearly a decade with the team.
The former Alabama star was considered a defensive specialist. That doesn't make up for the fact that the highest season average, in regards to points, is a shade over six points. Yikes.
It really does make you wonder how Askins managed to make the Heat roster nine consecutive times.
Currently, Askins is an assistant coach with the Miami Heat, and has been a part of two championship squads in this position (2005-06 and 2011-12).
7. Samaki Walker
After being selected ninth overall in 1996, Samaki Walker never became the star power forward the NBA community expected him to be.
Walker would find himself playing for a multitude of teams before landing with the Miami Heat when his NBA career was starting to dwindle.
The big man only played one year (2003-04) for Miami, appearing in just 33 games. During that brief span, Walker averaged a dismal 3.2 points in 12 minutes off the bench.
6. Dexter Pittman
The verdict isn't out yet on Dexter Pittman, as the former Texas center is only finished his second season in the Association. So far his career doesn't look to promising.
In college, Pittman struggled with his weight, and his battle against the bulge hasn't ended since he was drafted by the Heat in the second round of the 2010 NBA draft.
Pittman, who has yet to find consistent minutes in the rotation, has decent potential due to his mature post-game and ability to crash the boards effectively.
This big man, though, needs to lose more weight if he wants to become a legitimate role player on a contender. So far, Pittman has lost roughly 120 pounds since his high school days, when he weighed 402 pounds, but cutting down to 250 pounds would increase explosiveness and help his footwork in the post.
This past year, Pittman averaged only three points in 35 games, appearing mostly in garbage minutes.
5. Manute Bol
Manute Bol was signed in the beginning of the 1993-94 season to back up center Rony Seikaly. It was a move that backfired tremendously.
In only eight games, the Miami Heat decided Bol was not the right man for the job and abruptly cut him from the roster.
Sure, this was near the end of Bol's career, but nobody expected the 7'7" center to struggle quite like he did. In those eight competitions, Bol scored only a two-point field goal in 61 minutes of action. Ouch.
Bol would retire the next season.
This unfortunate, yet brief, career with the Miami Heat was rather embarrassing for the Sudanese-born basketball star, raising up the question if the signing was just for the shock factor.
After all, everybody in the realm of the basketball world knew about Manute Bol due to his incredible size.
4. Jerry Stackhouse
Somebody needs to explain to me why Jerry Stackhouse is still finding jobs in this competitive league?
Stackhouse's athleticism and scoring prowess are not what they used to be, which means that his main contribution is his experience. Last year, Stackhouse played with the Atlanta Hawks, averaging three points per contest in garbage minutes.
This production is far from the statistics we saw in his prime, when he was considered one of the best scorers in the entire Association. With the Detroit Pistons in 2000-01, Stackhouse averaged almost 30 points per night. Whoa.
Simply put, Stackhouse's brief tenure, only appearing in seven games with the Heat in 2010-11 was unremarkable, averaging only one point per night.
He would be cut after a month with the team, as they wanted to make room for the arrival of Erick Dampier.
Let me say that last point again. Jerry Stackhouse was cut in favor of perennial underachiever Erick Dampier.
It doesn't get much worse than that.
3. Wang Zhizhi
Before there was Yao Ming, Wang Zhizhi was the face of basketball in China. Not only was he the first Chinese basketball player in the NBA, but he also was a rather large center, boasting a 7'1" frame.
Despite being drafted in the second round of the 1999 NBA draft by the Dallas Mavericks, there was a major hype surrounding his debut. Zhizhi, though, would never live up to the said hype.
Instead, Zhizhi's career would fizzle out, culminating in a rather forgetful two-year stint with the Miami Heat. His clumsiness on the court coupled with his raw offensive game made Zhizhi a joy to watch in the weening minutes of a blowout game.
2. Mike Bibby
Even in his prime, Mike Bibby was never considered a world-class athlete. In fact, Bibby would often be beaten off the dribble and was the subject opposing squads would pick on for easy baskets. You can imagine this problem didn't improve with age.
Nonetheless, Bibby's short stint with the Miami Heat in the 2010-11 season was unproductive. The former Arizona star was buried on the bench, playing in only 22 games. Somehow, though, Bibby still managed to average seven points per contest.
His offense was never in question, however, as his defensive efforts have always raised doubts. Over the course of the year, Bibby would be ruthlessly picked on by larger or more athletic point guards. More simply, every facilitator in the Association.
Nonetheless, it became painful to watch Bibby play towards the end of his career, especially with the Heat.
1. Eddy Curry
From "Eddy McFlurry" to "Cheeseburger Eddy", Eddy Curry has been no stranger to nicknames mocking his unfortunate weight issue. When you underachieve as much as this big man did in New York, though, what else could you expect from the media?
Since his early days with Chicago, where he showed true promise as living up to the name "Baby Shaq", Curry has not been able to tap into his vast potential. People tend to forget that Curry is actually a decent rebounder with a solid postgame.
However, one bad contract and a glaring weight problem has made him one of the most targeted players by NBA critics and witty fans.
Nevertheless, Curry recently tried to make a comeback with the Miami Heat, but it fell quite short. Curry never cracked the rotation, let alone the starting lineup. Curry averaged only two points and one board per game last season.
Currently, Curry is unemployed, and don't expect that status to change anytime soon.