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22
Oct
07

Miami Heat Preview

While the East was growing and getting better this off-season, the Heat slept. They actually got a little worse. They lost Kapono and Posey. Antoine Walker is out of shape, Wade is out for at least 3-4 more weeks and Shaq is one more year older and fatter, I’m sure. Things look grim, and they should, unless Shaq is actually in good enough shape to be dominant and Wade is only out for two weeks AND he’s completely healthy when he comes back. Yeah, I’m not counting on either of those happening.

Projected starting lineup with last year’s stats:
Stats follow this format – Points, Rebounds, Assists, Steals, Blocks, FG percentage & Minutes

PG – Jason Williams
10.9 – 2.3 – 5.3 – 0.95 – 0.02 – 41% & 30

SG – Dwayne Wade
27.4 – 4.7 – 7.5 – 2.1 – 1.22 – 49% & 37

SF – Dorell Wright
6 – 4.1 – 1.4 – 0.62 – 0.70 – 45% & 19

PF – Udonis Haslem
10.7 – 8.3 – 1.2 – 0.62 – 0.33 – 49% & 31

C – Shaquille O’Neal
17.3 – 7.4 – 2 – 0.20 – 1.38 – 42% & 28

Key Bench Players

Smush Parker
Anfernee Hardaway
Daequan Cook
Antoine Walker
Wayne Simien
Earl Barron
Alonza Mourning
Alenxander Johnson

You would think with this many “key bench players” they would be good, but that’s not the case. I had to put almost the whole team down because I have no clue who’s going to get minutes and contribute. Let’s look at it more closely.

PG
They brought in Smush to compete with Jason, but Smush is Smush, so Jason Williams remains the starter. Pat Reilly spent all summer looking for a PG and he failed to find one that can make a difference. Jason will be asked to score more in the beginning of the season with Wade out, and he might actually put up decent stats by default, but they will quickly go back to his norm of the last few years, once Wade is back on the court.

SG
They are lost at this position until Wade is back and healthy. I like Daequan Cook’s potential, but they are kidding themselves if they think he is ready to contribute now. PENNY???? Wow, they dug deep for that one. Wade is this whole team, they will be awful without him.

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SF
Dorell Wright is super-athletic and has a TON of talent, but will it ever “click” between the ears?? The Heat are praying it does and they need it NOW. Pat Reilly said last year that he envisioned the Heat being lead by Wade and Dorell Wright. Is he ready? We’ll find out, since he was given the starting job from the first day of camp. However, he has not had a good preseason and I don’t think he is capitalizing on the opportunity. Walker is becoming discontent (what else is new) and the older he gets, the more threes he jacks up with 20 seconds left on the shot clock. I’m actually planning on drafting Dorell in the last round of my draft, and hoping he taps into his potential, but from what I’ve seen in the preseason, I’m not really betting on it.

PF
Udonis is one of the most underrated players in the league. He very effective on the glass, has a nice midrange jumper and is a good defender. The problem is that he will be asked to be more than a role player this season, and I question whether he’s up the task. I really like Earl Barron and Alexander Johnson, but we wont see them until Shaq goes down.

C
Shaq is older, slower and more out of shape, but he’s still Shaq so by default he could get 20 & 10 if he really wanted to. Now, he will be bored with the regular season and will get very frustrated, if the Heat suck as much as I expect them too, which means, he will get hurt. I say he plays around 55 games this year. Mourning is incredible for his age, but he is older and not nearly as effective as he used to be. I expect the heat to get to the point where they will need to start developing their young talent instead of thinking playoffs, which will open the door for Earl Barron and Alexander Johnson.

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I am very down on Miami this year, as you can tell. It wouldn’t surprise me if Pat Reilly also had a health problem, which causes him to miss some time, once he sees that his team is going nowhere. Dwyane Wade is the best shooting guard in the league, but he needs to take his time and make sure he’s healthy before he comes back.

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