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Predicting the Miami Heat's Rotation in 2013

Joshua CarrollCorrespondent IIDecember 5, 2016

Predicting the Miami Heat's Rotation in 2013

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    Now that we know that both of the Heat's sharpshooters have decided to have another go at it in Miami, Spoelstra and company have got to decide whether or not they still fit in the rotation with the addition of Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis.  

    Both Lewis and Allen are better defender and bring more to the table.

    Nevertheless, Jones barely saw the floor last year, likely because of his lack of defensive presence, but he can shoot the lights out. 

    And there were only two things Miller did this past year, shoot threes and grimace. 

    If I were Mike, I would have gone out on top with one of the greatest shooting performances we have ever seen in the NBA Finals. 

    However, for If I'm either Jones or Miler, I'm hoping to ride the bench train to another NBA championship.

Starting Point Guard: Mario Chalmers

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    Mario Chalmers, aka Rio, has really come into his own. 

    People tend to forget that Rio was somewhat of a superstar in college who proved he could get it done on both ends of the floor before he even entered the NBA.

    Now, he has what many people would call one of the hardest, yet easiest jobs in the NBA. If that makes sense.

    On one hand, all he has to do is make his open shots, take care of the ball and hit a striding LeBron James, Dwyane Wade or Chris Bosh.

    On the other hand, he is yelled at by the fans, coaches and players (especially James) arguably more than anyone else in the league. 

    That being said, he's earned his spot as the starting PG for this championship contending team.

Starting Shooting Guard: Dwyane Wade

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    They don't call it Wade County for nothing. He's been the starting shooting guard for the Miami Heat since 2003, and he will continue to be until he calls it quits. 

    No contest here. 

Starting Small Forward: LeBron James

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    LeBron James is arguably the best player in the game, and if you can find any team in the country where this guy wouldn't start, please let me know. 

Starting Power Forward: Shane Battier

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    If it isn't broke, don't fix it.

    Shane Battier starting at power forward for the Heat seemed to work out just fine. I mean, they did win that little thing called a championship. 

    Battier, even at his age, is still a capable and multifaceted defender. He's not the fastest, biggest or most athletic, yet seemingly always finds a way to get the job done.

    However, the most important thing concerning Battier's game is his ability to stretch the floor with his three-point shot. It makes it much easier for the Big Three to operate with Battier camped out on the three-point line.

Starting Center: Chris Bosh

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    Whether or not the Heat would have drafted Fab Melo if he was available will never be known. But it seems as though Miami has decided to go small ball all the way, which means Bosh will find himself playing the 5 more than ever. 

    Not to be concerned Heat fans, Bosh has now shown he is more than capable of playing big minutes at the center position for Miami. This actually works out quite well for the overall flow of the offense. 

    Also, Bosh is the best post defender the Heat have. Granted, he may find himself in foul trouble more than he'd like as he tries to protect the rim.

    So, Miami must play better team defense than ever.

Sixth Man

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    Many people believe Ray Allen will step in and have an immediate effect on the Heat organization. I am one of them. 

    But I do not believe he will prove to be the sixth man for the Miami Heat simply because Rashard Lewis is the more versatile player. 

    Lewis can come in and play the 3, 4 and even sometimes the 5, while Allen is really limited to playing a wing. 

    Lewis can still create his own shot, be another point forward out there on the floor and shoot over taller defenders. 

    I'm not saying Lewis is a better shooter than Allen. That would be stupid of me. But let's be honest, we don't know how much Allen has left in the tank, and it looked like he was burning out at the end of last season. 

    All the while, Lewis is eager to prove his worth. 

Backup Point Guard

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    You don't really need a backup point guard when LeBron James is on your team. Just move him to the PG. 

    But Norris Cole will continue to see spare minutes here and there when the Heat need an energetic spark off the bench. 

    I expect him to be a small, yet important piece in the rotation. 

Has-Been Haslem

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    Udonis Haslem isn't washed up quite yet. But he no longer fits the mold of what the Heat are looking for. 

    This is not to say he's no longer a valuable player. His skill set just doesn't bode well for his chances to see the floor this year. 

    He's too small to protect the rim and play the 5, despite his stellar rebounding skills. 

    But more importantly, he can't shoot the three ball, something the Heat have become quite reliant on. 

    With the addition of Lewis, Haslem will find himself on the bench a lot more than he ever has in his career. Who would you play him over and why? A question Erik Spoelstra will have to ask himself before the season begins. 

What Happens with Money Mike and James Jones?

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    Although we still don't know whether Mike Miller will retire or choose to come back and play for the Heat, James Jones has decided to have another go at it with Miami. 

    But where do either of them fit in the rotation with the addition of Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis?

    Jones barely saw the floor last year, likely because of his lack of defensive presence, but he can shoot the lights out. 

    And there were only two things Miller did this past year, shoot threes and grimace. 

    If I were Mike, I'd go out on top with one of the greatest shooting performances we have ever seen in the NBA Finals. 

    If I'm Jones, I'm hoping to ride the bench train to another NBA championship.

Ray Allen

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    Although I did not have Ray Allen listed as the Miami Heat's sixth man, please don't confuse that with me thinking he will play no role in red and black.

    Allen is one of the greatest and most prolific shooters the NBA has ever seen. 

    A hard worker who is still in great shape, surely he will look to rejuvenate his career after a poor falling out with the Celtics

    It's going to be hard not to leave Allen open for shots due to the fact that he's playing alongside two of the best slashers in the game. 

    A closing lineup of James, Allen, Wade, Lewis and Bosh would be very hard to stop. 

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