The Miami Heat roster is facing the most turnover since the 2010 offseason, except LeBron James is leaving South Beach and taking his talents with him. Instead, the Heat have seven returning players and seven new faces with guaranteed contracts going into the 2014-15 season.
The Heat still figure to be in the mix at the top of the Eastern Conference, even if James' new crew flush with Kevin Love is the early favorite.
The recent injury to Paul George eliminates the Indiana Pacers from contention, and teams such as the Washington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks and Charlotte Bobcats are on the upside of a potential NBA Finals arch but seem a year or two away from truly contending.
Without James, the Heat will have to find a new identity on offense. That means being more creative to fashion open looks and relying on different guys stepping up most every night.
The seven new additions all have one thing in common—basketball smarts. The Heat will rely on the new role players to make an impact to compete in the Eastern Conference this season.