It looks like the Miami Heat won't just serve as a distraction for Dolphin fans in Miami this year.
Still, the Heat may be worth watching. They're going for their third consecutive championship and—if successful—would become the first team since the Los Angeles Lakers from 2000-02. They are also attempting to make the the NBA Finals for the fourth consecutive time, a far more rare event that hasn't taken place since the mid-1980s.
Plus, all your favorite characters are back.
LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh are possibly three of 14 free agents—yes, 14 free agents—the Heat will have going into the 2014 offseason, making this 2013-14 campaign one of the more significant in franchise history.
Before they get to that point, they have to continue penning this narrative of the experiment the Miami Heat have gone under since 2010. James will be going for a fifth MVP and a third championship, Wade will be competing for a fourth NBA title and Bosh will be going for three while, most likely, attempting to find a larger role in the offense.
Joining these three are Mario Chalmers, Norris Cole, Ray Allen, Shane Battier, James Jones, Michael Beasley, Udonis Haslem, Rashard Lewis, Jarvis Varnado, Eric Griffin, Chris Andersen, Joel Anthony, Greg Oden and Justin Hamilton.
Only 13 of these 17 players are guaranteed, per HoopsHype. Beasley, Griffin, Varnado and Hamilton are all signed to non-guaranteed deals and will have to play their way onto the final roster of 15. Draft pick James Ennis is currently stored away in Australia, where he is already making a name for himself.
Oden is the only player the Heat added who was signed to a guaranteed deal. Mike Miller (amnesty) and Juwan Howard (free agent) are the only Heat players to have departed since the conclusion of the Finals.
We take a look at the Heat's roster and grade each position based on how much of an advantage, or disadvantage, it provides for the Heat.
All statistics via basketball-reference.com.