The Miami Heat come into the new season having retooled their lineup with a smattering of fresh new faces while adopting a blueprint that could stretch their rotation as far deep as ten players.
Why is this important?
Because the early stages of the season provide fans with a rare opportunity to focus on the makeup of the team's rotation and how its evolution will dictate its approach come April and May.
Among key factors that will play a role include:
1. just how much Coach Spoelstra wants to preserve the health of his core.
2. how effective Miami is playing with an unconventional lineup against some of the bigger teams in the league.
3. whether some of the younger players seem ready to emerge into a more prominent role.
Having said that, here is an early look at the team's player power ranking, which is based on how important each member of the roster figures to be moving forward.