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Chris Bosh could be the Heat's most important player this season. If he can continue to perform well in his new role as a center, the Heat are in good shape. Should he take a step backwards, Miami has a problem, as again they failed to bring in a quality big man.
PG: Mario Chalmers—Without Bosh, Chalmers has to pick up the scoring, as does everyone on the floor.
SG: Dwyane Wade—Wade will have to be at his slashing, cutting best as the defense does not have to worry about the size of Bosh inside and can really focus on shutting down the paint.
SF: Shane Battier—Battier will be relied on to connect on his three-pointers to help spread the floor for the Wade-James combo to get to work as, without Bosh, the opponent will be intent on building a wall around the paint. If Battier is hitting consistently, the defense at least has to keep him honest.
PF: LeBron James—LeBron will be picking up the scoring in this lineup and could end up playing some more in the post with no Bosh on the floor. LeBron has shown an ability to take on and beat players bigger than him at both ends of the floor and will be depended on to do so.
C: Udonis Haslem—Udonis Haslem steps up from the bench to be the team's token big man. His limited offense is clearly a step down from Bosh, but in his day, Haslem could consistently knock down jumpers out to the free-throw line—and he has to with Bosh banged up. Haslem also needs to make sure his defense is as good as ever as he will be tasked with stopping the opponent's big men with no help.