After all the struggles of late, it understandable that many Heat fans are feeling skeptical of the team’s future. However, there’s much to be excited for next year, as the Miami Heat could potentially possess one of the scariest overall rosters in the franchise’s history. In terms of holes in the starting line-up, there would be virtually none.
Projected Starting Lineup:
– Goran Dragic (All-NBA)
– Dwyane Wade (Hall Of Fame)
– Luol Deng (All-Star),
– Chris Bosh (Hall Of Fame)
– Hassan Whiteside (Potential Future All-Star)
Dragic excelled with pick-and-pop players in his time with the Suns, like Channing Frye. Chris Bosh certainly fits the role of a stretch forward. Not to mention, Dragic would have had a whole off-season learning the Heat’s playbook.
Dwayne Wade has been one of top scorers in the NBA during the fourth quarter this year. With a healthy line-up, Miami would be able to slash Wade’s minutes in order to have him go off in the final stretches of games. It’d be an unusual role for Wade, as it is more complementary role than primary, however it would benefit both him and the Miami Heat greatly in long run in terms of health.
Luol Deng & Hassan Whiteside
Luol Deng and Hassan Whiteside. Alone, those names strike terror into the hearts of their opposing matchups. Together, they make entire teams’ knees buckle. Luol Deng has long been known as one of the league’s premier perimeter defenders, and that’s carried over to this season. Whiteside, however, only cemented his role as a great interior presence with his midseason explosion this year. Nonetheless, Heat fans everywhere should be giddy with excitement at the prospect of seeing the young big-man blossom.
Get well soon, Chris Bosh. This season, he was supposed to be the Heat’s guiding light. Their leader. However, that wasn’t to be when he was diagnosed with blood clots in the lungs. Yet, we’ve all see what he’s capable of. He’s a future hall of famer, and will return to the Heat motivated to get them back to the top again.
The Miami Heat might have a top ten pick (or none at all if they fail to make it into the lottery) at their disposal this off-season. While there are many talented centers in this year’s draft, Miami should focus on bolstering their line-up with wings, such as Stanley Johnson and Sam Dekker. Furthermore, Miami lacks a great bench scorer / shooter. Even with the return of Napier and McRoberts (who will be huge for Miami off the bench next season), Riley should focus on finding some complementary pieces via free agency. Rumors have it that Gerald Green is frustrated with the Suns, and the Dragic connection would make the Miami Heat a potential suitor. Let’s not forget James Ennis (who’s been great recently), Tyler Johnson (a huge warrior), and Chris Andersen (self-appointed point center) who will undoubtedly have a huge impact off the bench.
All that can be said is that the (Miami) Heat will be on next season. If healthy, this is one of the most potent rosters in not only the NBA next next season, but in franchise history.