Miami Heat: Erick Dampier & Jerry Stackhouse, Keys to a Championship?
Well, it's no secret that the Miami Heat's roster is stacked from every angle and in every way at this point. Miami's bench is a force to be reckoned with in it's own right while it's starting line-up has left NBA teams in shock, quivering and running to their mommy's all around the league. The most interesting question left is even after all these amazing offseason moves by the Miami Heat, could they DARE get any stronger before the start of the season? The answer, my friends, is yes.
There are two MAJOR veteran talents out there that Miami needs to seriously look into signing. These two veterans are Erik Dampier and Jerry Stackhouse. Before you think or say anything, I am well aware that these two veteran talents are WAY past their prime and neither one will probably make the front page of the sporting news. However, these two veterans have way more left in the tank then most will give them credit for.
Let's start with Erik Dampier, an amazing defensive minded talent who can score in big game situations and rebound with the best of them. Honestly, Erik Dampier is, to put it simply, a beast who can run with the biggest and toughest centers in the game. Dampier would give Miami extra size and strength, which will come up huge when playing teams like the Celtics, Magic and Lakers. Lets not forget Dampier has 14 years of NBA experience and many years of playoff and finals experience behind his belt as well. If Miami can sign Dampier to the veteran's minimum, this move could be the cherry on top to glide easily into the NBA finals.
Next let's talk about Jerry Stackhouse, an NBA veteran of 16 years who, at one point of his illustrious career, was an all-star. Stackhouse also has 8 years of playoffs and finals experience behind his belt. The most impressive fact that I will talk about in regards to Stackhouse, however, is the fact that he can still ball! Lets look at last year's stats shall we? Jerry Stackhouse made his triumphant return to the NBA last year by joining the Milwaukee Bucks toward the middle of last season. In the end, the signing of Jerry Stackhouse was considered by many to have been one of the Bucks key moves during their run to the playoffs last year. Stackhouse averaged 8.5 points per game while managing to shoot 40% from the field and 80% from the free throw line in only 20 minutes per game! Can you name a team who doesn't need that kind of production off the bench? I didn't think so.
Another key for the Miami Heat signing these two vets is the fact that they know each others style of play. These two guys have played 5 years together on the Dallas Mavericks. Signing them would mean added chemistry, which is the only factor that Miami needs to click at this point. In the end it's up to Miami, the Heat have what many (and myself) call a dynasty right now, but, a little added chemistry from seasoned veterans could definitely push them over the edge and into the record books easily.
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