Hampered by a quad injury he suffered in training camp, the Miami Heat have yet to see the Shane Battier that they signed during the offseason.
While we believed that the Heat needed to make a few acquisitions in order to strengthen a few flaws, it turns out that only a few additions would be necessary. A reliable center and point guard can wait, the Heat played without them before and they can do the same this year. Instead of focusing on one aspect of the game, the Heat addressed a few by taking Battier.
Battier is a 10-year veteran that has spent time with the Houston Rockets and Memphis Grizzlies. While he's only averaged double-digit points three times, he's highly coveted thanks to his defense. Even at the age of 33, Battier is still one of the league's top individual and perimeter defenders. He relies more on his knowledge of the game and his opponent, rather than his athleticism to become a stopper.
Now with the Heat, Battier will be addressing a few key issues. He'll be giving the team another defensive stopper along the perimeter next to Dwyane Wade and LeBron James, as well as giving the team a scorer on the perimeter that can help make up for the temporary absence of Mike Miller.
With a veteran like Battier on the team, we give you five reasons as to how he'll be helping to lead the Heat to their second championship in franchise history.