LeBron James, Starting SF
Did you expect to see someone else in the starting small forward position for the Heat? Yeah, I didn't think so.
LeBron James could honestly be the starter at any position for Miami because he's the best point guard, shooting guard, forward and center that they have on their roster.
After back-to-back-to-back NBA MVPs, back-to-back NBA titles and back-to-back NBA Finals MVP awards, it's clear that LeBron is the best basketball player on the entire planet.
Not only does he bring freakish athleticism and efficiency on both sides of the ball, he's one of the most intelligent players in the entire league. He also brings solid leadership to a Heat team that needs it at times.
LeBron's showed that he can beat you on either side of the ball and with any one of his particular skills. While he's the Heat's starting small forward, he's also the best player on their roster, and he'll be filling in position-wise wherever Miami needs him.
Shane Battier, Backup SF
On paper, Shane Battier is the backup small forward, but in reality he's the backup power forward as well.
Battier really can play either position, but since he's a small forward at heart, that's where he'll be on the depth chart.
No one in their right mind would take out LeBron James and sub Battier in for him, and that's why when Battier comes into the game, LeBron is often shifted to the power forward spot to make room for him.
Battier's true value to the Heat was seen in his ability to be benched during the Eastern Conference Finals and be used sparingly at the start of the NBA Finals, then rise to the occasion in Game 7 when the Heat needed him again.
Not only is Battier disciplined and mature, he's also a humble leader who's willing to do whatever he can to help his team win.
Mike Miller, SF Depth
I didn't think I'd say this when the 2012-13 season began, but Mike Miller was integral to the Heat repeating as NBA champions.
While he was scoreless in three of the final five games of the NBA Finals, he hit big shot after big shot for Miami and kept them alive, specifically in Game 6 by shooting 75 percent from beyond the arc.
We've found Miller's specialty, and that is shooting shoeless. I mean, who else are the Heat going to look to if they need a shoeless three-pointer with their season on the line?
Miller will be backing up the backup here, though, as the lingering health issues surrounding his back will limit his time during the regular season.
James Jones, SF Depth
Let's be honest here: James Jones is going to get as much playing time as I am next season with the Heat.
Well, actually, he'll get a bit more, but you get my point.
Jones exercised his option to stay with the Heat next season, and that was certainly a smart move to make, as he'll help them in practice and be able to potentially win a third ring.
Aside from scrub-time minutes, though, he won't be getting much time on the floor thanks to Miami's star-studded roster.