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2011-12 Record: 46-20
Key Additions: Ray Allen (free agent) and Rashard Lewis (free agent)
New collective bargaining agreement, or not, the NBA's rich seem to be still getting richer.
Adding Allen and Lewis doesn't quite equate to the Lakers adding Steve Nash and Dwight Howard, but bear in mind that Los Angeles was dismissed in the second round while the Heat brought the championship back to South Beach.
Miami breezed to the second-best conference record last season, despite Dwyane Wade missing 17 games. The Heat then survived a six-game struggle with Indiana and a seven-game battle with Boston, despite getting just 88 minutes from Chris Bosh over those 13 games.
With Bosh and Wade eschewing an Olympic trip in efforts to enter next season healthy, it's safe to say that the NBA championship goes through American Airlines Arena.
LeBron James captured his third MVP en route to his first NBA championship.
Mario Chalmers and second-year Norris Cole have eased concern about the point guard position.
And now Allen and Lewis join Mike Miller, Shane Battier and James Jones to give Miami one of the greatest collections of shooters the league has ever seen.
With Orlando and Atlanta taking significant steps backward, Miami could seemingly pencil in victories in all 14 Southeast Division games.
Projected 2012-13 record: 68-14