Originally posted on Taking Bad Schotz  |  Last updated 8/28/13

Harold Miner is known as one of the best dunkers of the 1990’s; his reputation even earned him the nickname “Baby Jordan.” Miner’s story starts in Inglewood, California where he attended Inglewood High School before becoming an immediate star at the University of Southern California. In his freshman, sophomore, and junior seasons he averaged 20.6 PPG, 23.5 PPG, and 26.3 PPG respectively. The Sports Illustrated College Basketball Player of the Year left school a year early, and was drafted 12th overall in the 1992 NBA Draft by the Miami Heat. The 6-5 shooting guard came off the bench in his rookie season to average a quick 10.3 PPG in 18.9 MPG. That season Miner showed off his athleticism by taking home the 1993 Slam Dunk Competition title. Click here to view the video on YouTube. The next season Miner was still playing behind SG Steve Smith, but earned some more minutes and starts, and went on to average 10.5 PPG. In 1994 the lefty made the transition to point guard, and managed 7.3 PPG and 1.5 APG in 19.4 MPG, but did not emerge as the solution the Heat were hoping for. However, perhaps more importantly he won his second Slam Dunk Competition title. Click here to view the video on YouTube. Despite all of the potential and entertainment, Miner failed to be the contributor that the Heat were hoping for and they shipped him with a second round pick to the Cleveland Cavaliers for a second round pick. Miner spent just one season with the Cavs, barely seeing the court, and was released in August of 1996. He then tried out for the Raptors, a team he was supposed to be traded to the previous October but his failed drug test prohibited it. Miner didn’t make the team and retired from the sport completely. At just 24 years old, we can all agree lot of athleticism, talent, and potenital went to waste. He currently lives comfortably in Vegas and is married with two children.

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