193. Jeff Malone
Jeff Malone, born June 28th, 1961, was a 6’4″ shooting guard from Mobile, AL. He played four seasons in college with the Mississippi State Bulldogs, averaging 20 points and four boards in a rest-deprived 35 minutes per contest. The Washington Bullets spent their 1983 first round pick on him, 10th overall.
Malone made the all-rookie team with the Bullets, playing just over a half per game and averaging 12 points with two rebounds and two assists per appearance. He ultimately spent seven seasons in our nation’s capital, earning two all-star selections and playing in 548 games (eighth all-time). He averaged 20 points, three rebounds and three assists in 32 minutes per game. He also ranks second all-time on the franchise scoring leaderboard, behind only Wes Unseld with 11,083. During the 1990 offseason, Malone found himself traded to the Utah Jazz as part of a three team trade also involving the Sacramento Kings.
Malone played for parts of four seasons in Utah (279 games), later also appearing with the Philadelphia 76ers in parts of three (71 games). Miami picked him off waivers from Philadelphia on February 12, 1996, eventually signing him through the rest of the season.
With Miami, Malone averaged 15 minutes off the bench over seven appearances, shooting 39.4% from the floor. On February 15th, he played in 26 minutes of a 97-91 Heat win over the Denver Nuggets. Malone shot four-of-seven from the floor for 10 points, also helping the cause with two rebounds, two assists, and a steal. Miami released him after the season.
Malone played the following season in Greece before calling it quits. He went into coaching, with the IBL’s San Diego Stingrays, the CBA’s Columbus Riverdragons, and the now-defunct CBA Florida Flame.
Stat Line: seven games, 103 minutes, 13-for-33, five-for-six free throws, eight rebounds, seven assists, three steals, 31 points
Cumulative GameScore: 17.6
192. Tang Hamilton
Tang Hamilton was a 6’8″ power forward from Jackson, MS. Born on May 26th, 1978, he averaged 12 points and seven rebounds with Mississippi State University his senior season, 2000-01. He signed a free agent contract with the Heat after going undrafted, for $60,881.
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