Best and Worst Case Scenarios for Each Miami Heat Free Agency Addition
No matter what kind of decision you are making, ultimately you will have to deal with the results, whether they be good or bad.
Earlier in the offseason, the Miami Heat decided to ink both Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis to deals that will have them representing the Heat for the next couple of years.
As with all things sports, there are many skeptical of how these guys will fit in with this fast-paced Miami Heat team.
Even with Allen and Lewis past their primes, Miami is hoping both guys have enough left in the gas tank to be solid contributors to a team ready and poised to defend their title.
Things can go terribly wrong or right when it comes to Allen and Lewis stepping on the floor with Miami Thrice. Either way, I'm going to tell you what you can expect.
Best Case Scenario: Ray Allen
The best-case scenario for Ray Allen is simple.
First and foremost would be Allen staying healthy, from start to finish.
It's no secret that Allen fought through some tough injuries last year, but don't be too quick to say that Allen's legendary career has come to an end.
He hasn't hit his last big shot quite yet.
With Allen's work ethic, it should be no surprise to see him come in looking better than he has in a long time.
This move has the potential to rejuvenate his career one more time before he's ready to call it quits.
On paper, the signing of Allen looks genius, and he is set to have his easiest job yet.
If Allen can simply knock down the open shots that will surely present themselves and play any kind of defense, the signing of Allen could prove to be one of those marquee moments in the Big Three era for years to come.
Worst Case Scenario: Ray Allen
The worst-case scenario for Ray Allen would be him never fully recovering from the injury he suffered last season.
This can be the result of many of things, including trying to come back too early with the Heat, eager to prove to the team that they made a good decision.
However, where Allen should worry Heat fans the most is on the defensive end. Needless to say, he's no longer the athletic Allen we saw score with ease in Milwaukee.
Now, he would much rather come off a screen than break his defender down from the top of the key.
The thing is, his offensive insecurities can be hidden much more easily, especially on a team filled with the fire power of the Heat (no pun intended).
But what does Miami pride themselves on the most? Their defense, no question about it. And I don't know about you, but I'm not too sold on Allen's defensive abilities anymore.
In the worst-case scenario, Allen makes it much easier for teams to score because he can't keep tabs on his man. Also, this has the potential to result in more foul trouble for the Big three, and, in particular, Bosh, as he tries to help protect the rim.
The bright side for Heat fans is that he does indeed play better defense than Mike Miller. But what many people don't realize is that the times the Heat found themselves in the most foul trouble were when Miller was on the floor.
Could be a sign of things to come for Miami this year?
Best Case Scenario: Rashard Lewis
This is a low-risk, high-reward case for Rashard Lewis.
After being bought out by the Hornets after a trade this offseason, Lewis was presented with the opportunity to play for a contender yet again.
The best-case scenario would be him stepping in as the versatile player we know he has the potential to be and doing a lot of different things for Miami.
Lewis, in his prime, was one heck of a shooter. With his nearly 7' frame, he shoots over defenders easily and can even put the ball on the ground from time to time and take slower defenders to the hole.
Lewis really has the skill-set to be able to play about three different positions with Miami.
If he can come in with the right mindset of being ready to do different things off the bench game in and game out, he might prove to be a more valuable piece than Ray Allen.
Worst Case Scenario: Rashard Lewis
The pendulum can easily sway the other way when it comes to Lewis.
In this case, his versatility could prove to be his downfall.
Lewis now finds himself on a team with lots of guys being able to do different things and play multiply positions.
Lewis may stand 6'11", but he's never been one to protect the basket.
More of a tall small forward, he will be playing behind two very good and proven players in James and Battier. He can easily get lost in the shuffle with this team.
When you've got three all-stars who can really do it all, it seems as though specialists fit in best, whether they specialize in rebounding, shooting, or defense.
Lewis, a guy without specialties, better toughen up and figure it out quick if he wants to see some minutes in Miami.