Miami Heat Position Preview: Chris Bosh, Udonis Haslem and the Power Forwards

Danny DolphinAnalyst IOctober 6, 2010

MIAMI - OCTOBER 05:  Center Chris Bosh #1 of the Miami Heat against the Detroit Pistons on October 5, 2010 in Miami, Florida.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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On Current Roster: Chris Bosh, Udonis Haslem, Juwan Howard, Shavlik Randolph

On Projected 15-Man Roster: Bosh, Haslem, Howard

Starter: Bosh

Depth: Udonis Haslem off the bench reveals incredible immediate depth. Not many teams have a proven veteran workhorse like Haslem, and to have the luxury of bringing him in as a reserve is all the more valuable.

Juwan Howard probably won’t get many regular season minutes, but he will have a role in the playoffs. He can play center as well. His post defense  will be important against the likes of Orlando and Boston.

Outlook: If Bosh isn’t the best power forward in basketball he’s absolutely in the top three, along with Pau Gasol and Dirk Nowitzki. He’s not a bruiser. He is a finesse big who can score in a multitude of ways.He has excellent range and will be an asset in the pick-and-roll game. He can do it all. He can put it on the floor for a pull up jumper or finish at the rim with fury.

He is an under-appreciated defender as well. Just because he doesn’t block a ton of shots, he gets overlooked. He has a great feel for defending the post as well as the pick and roll. He is a very smart, efficient player on both ends of the court, making him the best power forward the Heat has ever had.

Haslem is similar to Bosh in that he is a great rebounder with a deadly mid-range game. He might not start, but he will get 25-35 minutes a night. His presence in the playoffs will be especially valued. Not everything Haslem does shows up on the stat sheet. He is a gamer and does whatever it takes to win. The power forward position is rock solid in Miami.