When Lebron James announced that he would play in Miami next season, it was then known that the Miami Heat would be a threat in the NBA for the next 5-10 years. Now it is the closest thing to a sure guarantee with the signings that they have already made this offseason.
The Heat did not only just re-sign their best player, but signed two of the best players in the NBA, in Lebron James and Chris Bosh. Since these three superstars are occupying a majority of the cap space, the Heat can only sign minimum contracts to fill up the rest of the slots in the roster. But, a veteran with no championships, knowing they can possibly win multiple, would be foolish not to sign with this extremely talented basketball squad.
Some players, including some members of the Heat last year, have already agreed to sacrifice their salary, signing for a low amount of cash(by NBA terms) to play for a championship next season. These players include: PG Carlos Arroyo, F Juwan Howard, G James Jones, C Zydrunas Ilgauskas, C Joel Anthony, C Dexter Pittman, F Mike Miller, and F Udonis Haslem. The Miami Heat have one of the best benches in the NBA, using minimum contracts to fill each spot, and still aren't finished.
Last Years stats of the Non-Big 3 Signings:
Carlos Arroyo: 6.1 PPG, 3.1 APG, 1.8 RPG..In 72 Games
Juwan Howard: 6.0 PPG, 0.8 APG, 4.6 RPG.. In 73 Games
James Jones: 4.1 PPG, 0.5 APG, 1.3 RPG.. In 36 Games
Zydrunas Ilgauskas: 7.4 PPG, 0.8 APG, 5.4 RPG..In 64 Games
Joel Anthony: 2.7 PPG, 3.1 RPG.. In 80 Games
Mike Miller: 10.9 PPG, 3.9 APG, 6.2 RPG.. In 54 Games
Udonis Haslem: 9.9 PPG, 0.7 APG, 8.1 RPG.. In 78 Games
These 7 players agreeing to take a low salary combined for 47.1 PPG last year. Those points together with Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh's combined 79.7 PPG add up to an amazing unprecedented 126.8 PPG that the Miami Heat could potentially average, if each player plays at the same caliber as last year.
With the roster that the Miami Heat already have in place, they could easily win 60 games this season and make it to the NBA championship, as long as they can stay healthy.
Jeff Van Gundy's feelings about the Miami Heat this season: "...They are unguardable. They are indefensible. They are just too good and have added so much shooting and are so versatile that they will score at will. And with Erik Spoelstra coaching, they will be in the top three defensive teams in the league, as well. The other 29 teams better hope the lockout gets moved up a year.''
Prediction for Miami Heat's Record for the 10'-11' Season: 63-19