Re-Grading Every Miami Heat Offseason Acquisition
The Miami Heat were rather active this offseason, signing Ray Allen, Rashard Lewis and even the much-hyped Josh Harrellson.
Some of those acquisitions have panned out better than others, but all of them have had at least some type of impact on the Heat so far this season.
From Harrellson's lack of minutes to Allen's game-winning daggers, each player has impacted the Heat in their own, unique way, and that's what I'm about to re-grade.
If you just looked at Josh Harrellson's 29.96 PER, you'd think he was a superstar.
Take another look and you'll see that the 3.3 minutes per game he's averaging, in just three games this season, isn't meaningful at all.
One would think that with the lack of size the Miami Heat have in the paint they'd give the 6'10'', 275-pound Harrellson more minutes. But the Heat have done nothing more than keep him on the bench until scrub time.
Harrellson's stint with the Heat, unfortunately, gets filed under the same category as Tim Tebow's time with the Jets—a complete waste of potential. I mean, if you're not going to play a guy, don't sign him—especially when there are teams that could use his services.
Last year with the New York Knicks, Harrellson brought excitement off the bench, and he even averaged 4.4 points and 3.9 rebounds per game. Sure, that's not going to transform the championship Heat, but at the same time, it shows that he could be utilized more than he currently is.
The Heat get a "D" for signing Harrellson, and the only reason it isn't an "F" is because there's still time for the Heat to insert him into the lineup a bit more.
Let's get one thing straight first. Rashard Lewis hasn't played terribly for the Heat this season.
He's averaging 5.8 points per game, and he's even shooting 50 percent from the field and 47.2 percent from beyond the arc.
The problem with Lewis' signing is that it held the Heat back from signing a frontcourt player that they now desperately need.
The Heat don't truly need Lewis' talents out on the perimeter, especially with Ray Allen patrolling out there. What the Heat need is for Lewis to either put on 20 pounds and start banging in the paint or just decide to be the kind of player he's sized to be—at 6'10'' and 230 pounds.
Lewis just isn't the player the Heat need. If this was a re-grading of Lewis as a player, he'd get a solid "B."
Unfortunately for Lewis, this is a re-grading of the acquisition itself, and because the Heat signed him, not out of need to fill a position or hole on the roster, this signing gets a "C-".
Ray Allen has been an amazing acquisition for the Heat, on the offensive side of the ball. He's averaging 12.4 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game, and he's shooting an impressive 49.4 percent from the field and 46.3 percent from beyond the arc.
He's hit a number of game-winning shots, and he's proved that he still has ice running through his veins, even at 37.
The only problem is that Allen doesn't necessarily bring much to the defensive side of the ball for a Heat team that's looking for an identity on defense.
The Heat are giving up close to 100 points per game, and that's not going to cut it in an increasingly competitive Eastern Conference.
You can't really blame Allen, though. He all but makes up for his lack of defense when he's draining three-pointers like they're going out of style.
The Heat need to experiment with different lineups that include Allen while both LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are on the court to best utilize his talents. Until they do that, or he picks up his defense, his signing will stay at a solid "B+".
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