If Miami Heat Obtain Boozer and Odom, Do They Become Contenders?

Brandon Ribak@reebokforthreeSenior Writer IJuly 21, 2009

Ever since the rumors of the Miami Heat acquiring Carlos Boozer and teaming him with Dwyane Wade began midway through the 08'-09' season, I instantly bought into them because it made so much sense.

I mean, I am not a Heat fan, but Boozer alongside Wade would just be a great combination, especially after watching Wade literally carry the entire Heat team onto his shoulders all season and playoff long.

Adding Boozer would give Wade a rare opportunity to actually be able to rely on another teammate deep into the game.

Boozer is arguably one of the best power-forwards in the NBA today and can drop 20 and 10 like there is no tomorrow.  Add Lamar Odom to that mix and you got yourself three players on the same team that are rated in the top 50 in the entire league.

I'm not saying that it will happen, and in all likelihood it will not, but if the Miami Heat somehow traded for Carlos Boozer and then signed Lamar Odom (without the Lakers matching the offer sheet), would Miami turn into contenders in the East?

Let's take a look.

We all know that the Boston Celtics, Orlando Magic, and Cleveland Cavaliers are the top three teams in the Eastern Conference.

But with a team that has Dwyane Wade, Carlos Boozer, and Lamar Odom on it, can they possibly match up against any of those top three in a seven game series?

In all honestly, I think they would give the Cleveland Cavaliers, who appear to be the biggest roadblock to a Wade-Boozer-Odom Heat team making the Finals, a serious battle.

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