If you had to pick 13 players to form an active roster that would just destroy the Miami Heat, who would you put on your All-Beat the Heat Team?
That's the question I'll be tackling throughout this article, but to make it a little more difficult, I'm not just constructing a lineup of all the best players in the NBA.
Sure, you might want to have Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul on your team, but that's not the point. While they've posted great numbers against Miami, those performances don't stand out against the overall backdrop of their careers.
Other players have elevated their level of play to a greater extent.
Again, the purpose isn't to build an All-Star team.
It's to put together a lineup of players who have performed admirably against Miami in the past, who have playing styles that pose problems for the defending champions and who just flat-out hate the Heat.
If LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and the rest of the back-to-back ring-winners saw this roster, they'd start shivering. They know that each player has had success against them in the past and will continue to perform well in the future.
That's why they're on the All-Beat the Heat Team. Not just because they're NBA stars.
Note: All stats, unless otherwise specified, come from Basketball-Reference.