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Starter: Chris Bosh
Not since his rookie year had Chris Bosh put up worse numbers than the 16.6 points and 6.8 rebounds per game that he averaged last season.
However, Bosh did what he was supposed to do in the Heat's offensive system (spread the floor), which is a reason the Heat are going to continue playing small ball this year.
Bosh's mid-range game was as potent as ever before; he shot 53.0 percent from 16-23 feet away from the basket, according to Hoopdata. The threat of that shot draws opposing big men away from the paint, which opens up driving lanes for other Heat players.
Expect Bosh to continue hitting that shot and, at the same time, unfairly receive little credit for the Heat's successes.
Backup: Chris Andersen
Miami made what was a no-brainer decision by re-signing "Birdman" for the veteran's minimum.
He was the Heat's top rebounder and shot-blocker in the postseason and further showed off his ability to finish at the rim by shooting north of 80 percent from the field.
On top of those skills, he plays with a great energy that made him both a fan and locker-room favorite.
He is 35 years old, but considering how he performed the last time we saw him, Andersen has given us no reason to believe the wheels are going to fall off this year.
C No. 3: Greg Oden
When Oden, whom the Heat signed this summer for the veteran's minimum, is ready for action, he should be Miami's second center off the bench. Exactly when that will be, we don't know.
Oden hasn't played in an NBA game since December 2009, but he was pretty darn effective then. In the 21 games he appeared in during the 2009-10 season, Oden's per 36-minute averages were 16.7 points, 12.8 rebounds and 3.4 blocks.
If Oden can produce near that level, he would obviously be a huge asset to Miami. Now, there's obviously a ton of questions mark in regards to him actually being able to do that.
But the Heat are going to play this as carefully as possible and make sure Oden is 100 percent before he steps out on the court. Considering that strategy and his talent, there's no denying that this signing could end up becoming a huge steal.
C No. 4: Joel Anthony
Year after year, Anthony gets pushed further down the depth chart. It was only two years ago that he was Miami's starting center. Last year, he was a non-rotation player who would sneak in a couple of minutes per game. This year, he's likely to be used even more sparingly (when Oden is healthy).
Anthony is a great defensive center, but his offensive ineptitude is a huge problem. Part of the reason Andersen became so adored by Heat fans last season has to be because he could finish at the rim, and Miami fans were used to seeing Anthony be unable to.
The Heat are all about spacing the floor, and Anthony simply can't help them there.
Expect to see plenty of DNP-CD (did not play—coach's decision) for Anthony this year.