Well, there's no use in denying it... the Miami Heat are a pretty good ball club. They have three of the best players in the NBA, one of the greatest three-point shooters of all time, and a solid supporting cast that has helped them along the way.
That being said, a lot of teams got better this offseason, and with the exception of adding Ray Allen, the Heat pretty much just kicked their feet up and watched the offseason madness contently.
As they should, because they're still the best team in the NBA.
A lot of fuss is being made about the Los Angeles Lakers, the Oklahoma City Thunder, and even the Brooklyn Nets as potential suspects to knock the Heat off their very high, and very well-deserved pedestal.
But now, even more than last year when they were upset by the Dallas Mavericks in the championships, they are the team with a huge bullseye on the back of their uniforms. They're the team everyone wants to beat, and it's going to be difficult for Miami to kick it into high gear and go for a second ring.
Let's take a look at five players on the roster that are going to need to play some great basketball in order for the Heat to repeat.
NOTE: YES, there will be starters and excellent players on this list, NO I am not saying they're horrible and need to improve vastly. This article is about the most vital pieces of Miami's puzzle, and what they need to do to repeat as champions.