As a result, most of the faces you see adjoined to the team's nucleus in crunch time are proven veterans with the kind of experience and pedigree it takes to play for a championship contender, much less a franchise entrenched in a veteran-friendly culture established by Pat Riley long ago.
Be that as it may, there are stylistic attributes about how the Heat play that may invite a more prominent role for its younger players, such as:
1. emphasizing speed and athleticism via an up-tempo, full-court offense
2. spacing the floor with shooters surrounding LeBron James and Dwyane Wade
3. and adapting to the tight defensive rotations that help Miami generate so many of its infamous fast-break points.
With the season one game in for the Heat and its next matchup set for Friday in New York against a banged-up Knicks team, here is a progress report on the Heat's under 26-year-old players