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Don't Call the Miami Heat Favorites Yet

Jabber HeadSenior Analyst IJuly 10, 2010

As we all know, LeBron James made the decision Thursday to join Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami. Everyone is now thinking the Heat will have a cake-walk to the finals having the three superstars on one squad. In fact, Vegas even gave Miami 8-5 odds to win the title, but can we really call them the favorites yet?

Yes, James, Wade, and Bosh make up a deadly trio, but you can't win with only three players. You need some role players, some people to provide a spark off the bench. Although they may seem superhuman, they can't play 48 minutes a game the entire year.

As of now, the Heat's roster is made up of James, Wade, Bosh, Mario Chalmers, and Michael Beasley.

It is rumored that Beasley will be sent to the Timberwolves, but only in return for a second round pick to clear cap space. The cap space will be cleared for free agent Mike Miller, who has agreed to a five year $30 million contract.

They also have second-round picks Dexter Pittman, Jarvis Varnardo, Da'Sean Butler, and Latavious Williams, who the Heat can sign for the minimum, but who won't win you a title.

So considering Miami signs them, the roster would be made of James, Wade, Bosh, Chalmers, Miller, Pittman, Varnardo, Butler, and Williams.

Eight of 12 players are needed to fill a roster, with really only three starters. They want to re-sign Udonis Haslem, who can be another spark off the bench, but who is not really a starter. That would make nine.

Jon Scheyer, the Duke sharp-shooter, is another player signed for the summer league who would be another solid rookie for the minimum. The Heat would now need to sign two players, a point guard and a center, for the veterans minimum.

Two players I can think of: Kwame Brown and Allen Iverson.

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