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30 Years of Heat: All-Time All-Player Countdown #87-85

July 17th, 2017 at 8:46 AM
By Sports Media 101

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87. Rashard Lewis

Rashard Quovon Lewis was a 6’10″, 215 lb. power forward from Pineville, Louisiana. Born on August 8th, 1979, he was initially chosen in the second round of the 1998 NBA Draft, by the Seattle SuperSonics with the 32nd overall selection.

Lewis played nine seasons in Seattle, averaging 16.6 points with 5.8 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.1 steals, and 0.6 blocks per game. He’s ninth on their all-time list with 617 regular season games and 362 blocks, sixth with 20,921 minutes and with 10,251 points, second with 973 three-pointers, and 10th with 3,595 rebounds and 708 steals. He made the all-star team in 2004-05. Later, he played with the Orlando Magic (257 games) and the Washington Wizards (60 games). During the 2012 offseason, he signed with the Heat for two seasons and $2.8 million.

After joining Miami, Lewis came off the bench for the Heat as a deep threat. He played 14.4 minutes per game, scoring 5.2 points with 2.2 boards and 0.5 assists. He appeared in 55 games in total, starting nine times. The Heat posted a 47-8 record in his appearances, versus 19-8 when he didn’t play. On April 6th, he came into the game in relief, and scored 14 points on six-of-10 shooting, with seven rebounds and three helpers in a 19-point win against the Philadelphia 76ers. He scored a season-high 19 on April 15th in a 96-95 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. He then appeared in 11 of Miami’s 23 playoff games as the Heat won their third NBA Championship, scoring 17 points in total on eight-of-20 shooting.

In 2013-14, Lewis played in 60 games, starting six times and helping the Heat to a 41-19 record in the games in which he played. They went 13-9 otherwise. His best game of the season was on January 4th, when he made three-of-six from outside with four rebounds, three steals, and two rebounds for 18 points in total in a 16-point win over the Magic.

On May 28th, In Miami’s 93-90 Game Five win over the Indiana Pacers, Lewis totaled 18 points on six-of-nine shooting from deep, with four rebounds.

After the 2014 playoffs, Lewis signed on with the Dallas Mavericks, but the contract was voided when he failed his physical. He hasn’t appeared in the NBA since that time.

Stat Line: 115 games, 15.3 minutes, .414 field goals, .366 three-pointers, .692 …

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