As we inch ever closer to the 2013-14 NBA season, the two-time defending champion Miami Heat are poised to win yet another title. The Big Three of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh make Miami a truly elite team, but without key role players, they’d be nowhere.
Guys like Ray Allen and Shane Battier continue to hold down the fort, but they’ll be a combined 74 years old by the 2014 postseason. We’ll have to wait and see if they have enough left in the tank to be the X-factors they were a season ago.
As expected, the Heat didn’t make many changes during the 2013 offseason. Among 13 guaranteed contracts on the roster, Greg Oden is the only fresh face. He’ll aim to make a successful NBA comeback, as he hasn’t played in the Association since 2009-10 when he started all 21 of his games.
A handful of hopefuls with non-guaranteed contracts will try and make the final roster, but their chances at playing time are minimal at best.
LBJ is the unquestioned best player and alpha dog of this team. So where do other Heat players find themselves in the individual power rankings?