3 Offseason Additions That Will Have the Biggest Impact on the Miami Heat

Sophia Pompilus@soph_pompilusContributor IIIOctober 8, 2012

3 Offseason Additions That Will Have the Biggest Impact on the Miami Heat

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    If the Miami Heat were at all a difficult team to beat last season, they look unstoppable now. With their recent offseason acquisitions, the Heat are expected to have another successful postseason run.

    They may not have acquired a long list of players, but they have added ones that will help them replicate last year’s success. These three players can stretch the floor and make plays to relieve the pressure on both LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.

    Here are the three offseason additions that will most impact the Miami Heat.

Ray Allen

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    As I mentioned previously in my article on the biggest acquisitions of this offseason, Ray Allen is the Heat's most important addition.

    With 16 years of experience under his belt, Allen brings with him his veteran status and leadership ability to guide the team. More importantly though, he brings his impeccable style of play.

    Despite the Heat having a team full of shooters, the bulk of the offensive game plan has fallen on both LeBron James and Dwyane Wade in the past two seasons. With Allen joining the team, the two are free to help in other ways.

    He is a highly efficient shooter and is capable of making shots from almost any spot on the court. Though Allen will no longer be a starter while on the Heat, he will certainly be a great asset for them off the bench.

Rashard Lewis

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    The Heat also signed a former teammate of Ray Allen, Rashard Lewis.

    The two-time All-Star has struggled with injuries over the years, which have made him a shell of his former self. 

    Nevertheless, it is his past play that has caught the attention of the Heat.

    Like Allen, his outside shooting is remarkable, as noted by his 38.8 percent average in three pointers made. More impressive is his versatility at his position.

    Standing at 6'10" and weighing 220 pounds, Lewis can play both the small forward and power forward positions. His perimeter shooting at his height gives coach Erik Spoelstra more creativity in piecing together his lineup.

    Lewis will help the Heat can stretch the floor, making it easier for other players to get to the basket.

    If Lewis can regain his health in time for the regular season, his limited role off the bench may be just enough to help the team.

Josh Harrellson

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    Though not as well known as Allen and Lewis, Harrellson's addition to the Heat provides its own benefits.

    One of the glaring issues with the Heat is their lack of rebounding. Last season alone, the Heat were 21st overall in team rebounding. Though LeBron James had a team-high 7.9 rebounds a game, none of the Heat's centers came close.

    This is where Harrellson steps in.

    Though he only averaged 3.9 rebounds in 37 games last year, he has the higher average over his short career than fellow centers Joel Anthony and Dexter Pittman.

    Harrellson is by definition a true center, but he possesses capabilities beyond that of a regular center. 

    As a rookie, Harrellson shot 42.3 percent from the field, including 33.9 percent from beyond the arc. Not only do the Heat have a player who can protect the rim, but they have a player who can contribute offensively as well.