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Miami Heat: Ranking the Most Important Players Outside of the Big 3
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From a personal standpoint, I found it absurd to question the depth the Miami Heat had heading into last season. While they didn't have an all-star caliber player like James Harden or Manu Ginobili coming off the bench, the Heat possessed many tools that fit well around Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James.

This proved true as the Heat were able to capture the NBA championship last season, the second in franchise history.

Miami often struggled to find offensive production other than James and Wade, especially when Bosh went down to injury in the playoffs. However, it was the defensive intensity and smart play that helped the Heat push past the Indiana Pacers and Boston Celtics while Bosh was down.

Now with Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis added to the roster, the team has added those missed scorers and will be even deeper as a unit next season. Miami's lack of depth inside will be erased as it has a number of guards and forwards who can stretch the floor.

With James and Wade penetrating the paint, these guys will get plenty of opportunities for open looks. If they knock them down consistently, this could be one of the most dangerous teams in NBA history.

Miami has a good number of glue guys on the team that bring so much in specific areas. Let's check out just how deep this team really is.

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