The Miami Heat have gone from non-existent to the epicenter and hot topic of the basketball world almost overnight, literally.
When looking at the Heat just a year ago, it was hard to really envision them going anywhere. They were a great defensive team that lacked offensive firepower. If Dwyane Wade (and Micheal Beasley to some extent) weren't on, then the Heat would pretty much have no chance of winning.
Now everything has changed. The Heat have went from a middle of the pack team with limited offense to a highly ranked team (by fans and media) that has more firepower than the powder keg of Europe.
With the signings of LeBron James and Chris Bosh, the Heat have received a shot in the arm that has possibly catapulted them to contention, but like teams before them, the Heat must gel to form a cohesive unit and sacrifice before they are bestowed or crowned a champion.
Players need to know their roles and try not to breach them too much. Everyone must be assigned a job and stick to it. Wade, James, and Bosh will all have to play a role (for Chris Bosh a lesser one) in their quest for an NBA Championship. Here are the roles that each All-Star will play.
The Miami Heat is Dwyane Wade's team. He is the heart and driving force, and most importantly he is Miami's No. 1. If the Heat need a score in a close game in the fourth quarter or a game-winning shot, no doubt that Wade will be the first option that Erik Spoelstra goes to. Despite Miami helping Wade by getting him a better supporting cast, Dwyane Wade will still be a top-five scorer in the league and Miami's most explosive offensive force.
2010-2011 Season Averages: 26.5 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 5.3 APG, 1.4 STP, 1.0 BPG
With LeBron's great speed and playmaking, expect him to do a lot of ballhandling as a point forward. With his ability to dish the basketball and attack the basket with speed and explosiveness, he'll relieve Wade of many ballhandling duties. LeBron will lead the Heat in assists and possibly free throws.
2010-2011 Season Averages: 22.2 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 7.6-8.9 APG (leads Heat and sixth-10th in NBA), 1.5 STP, 1.0 BPG
With Dwyane Wade and LeBron James playing alongside him, Chris Bosh's numbers will see a significant drop. LeBron and Wade will get a majority of the touches, and Bosh will mostly score off feeds into the post and offensive rebounds. With Bosh no longer being the first option, he'll probably average 10-14 touches a game.
2010-2011 Season Averages: 15.0 PPG, 11.2 RPG (leads Heat and sixth-10th in NBA), 3.4 APG, 0.7 SPG, 1.0 BPG
It's going to be really interesting to watch the Heat this year. I'm interested to see how three players in their prime that all need the basketball to be effective will share the orange. I'm also interested to see how Chalmers and Anthony grow being around this star-studded trio. The Miami Heat are going to be fun to watch and a great regular season team.