Lebron James and Chris Bosh decided to change teams and go to the Miami Heat. The moment Lebron chose to go to Miami, experts were predicting multiple championships for the Heat, and neglecting the fact that they had 5 players at the time. However, the Heat have made progress through free agency "increasing" their title chances. But the Heat will not win a championship this year at least.
Who is going to guard Dwight Howard? Chris Bosh? Bosh is the type of big man that prefers to shoot mid range jump shots, so he sways away from contact. On the other hand, Howard backs down his defenders and seeks contact from his defenders. The Magic also spread out shooters over the three-point line. This gives Howard the entire paint to work with, and gives him more room to completely destroy Chris Bosh. What about Juwan Howard he is a little too short and his age is catching up with him. Actually, his age has caught up with him already. Even the likes of Eddy Curry could light these guys up in the post. And don't even get me started on Zydrunas Ilgauskas.
How many players do the Heat have from last season? Dwyane Wade, Udonis Haslem, and Joel Anthony. Only Wade an Haslem made a real impact on last season's team. That means the Heat have at least ten new players on this season's team. The best teams in the league have had the same core for the past couple seasons. The Heat return three players. Teams need to mesh with each other for a season or tow until they start getting into real contention. Look at the Atlanta Hawks, they weren't a great team even when they had Joe Johnson, Josh Smith, and Al Horford. In three years, they have become a good contender for a title. The only exception the 2008 Celtics, but even they kept more than three players.
If you look through past champions, how many teams do you see that had three players that need the ball to make an impact? The answer is none. The last time I checked, basketball only has one ball in play. Lebron and Wade are not great shooters. They are both very streaky. Lebron in particular, but they spend most of their time driving to the basket. If teams simply pinch in their defense that problem is solved, and teams like the Celtics can perform this task easily with Kevin Garnett and the space eating Shaq.
The second Lebron decided to "take his talents to South Beach", the Heat became the most hated team in the league. Cleveland and every other city that thought they had a chance at Lebron are ticked off. These teams will also be motivated to play their hardest to dethrone the Heat. All the hype on the Heat, especially the self hype, the fact that Vegas picked them as favorites when they had four players, and we can't forget the unveiling party, is getting tiring for the players and the fans.
The Lakers are still the team to beat in the league. This year's finals included players like Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum, Kevin Garnett, Kendrick Perkins, Lamar Odom, and Rasheed Wallace. Obviously, size and frontcourt depth is a big deal to winning a championship, and as I have already stated, the Heat are lacking in size and depth. The Lakers have two great keys to any championship team, they have size, and they have Kobe. The Lakers take over the weaknesses of the Heat, and if you look at past champions, every team had a good or great post player.