LeBron James and The Miami Heat: Good Thing They Play In The East

Bill CodyCorrespondent IIIDecember 21, 2010

LeBron and the Heat are looking up at the elite teams in the NBA.
LeBron and the Heat are looking up at the elite teams in the NBA.Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Well, I don't want to say I told you so—but hey, I told you so.

This summer, I wrote several articles about the Heat and got bashed by both Heat fans and Heat haters depending on my take. But two months into the season and LeBron and the boys are exactly what I thought they were.

A 50 to 60 win team that won't make it out of the Eastern Conference and would have no chance whatsoever if they played in the West.

In games with the Celtics and the Dallas Mavericks, it has been shown that they lack the personnel to beat the elite teams in the NBA; on the other hand, their recent winning streak proved that they have too much talent to lose to the dregs of the NBA and the Eastern Conference is loaded with bad teams. 

So where does that leave Miami as the season progresses? To be honest, I think the die is cast at this point. 

They don't have a lot of room to maneuver personnel wise. Everyone likes to talk about how Mike Miller came back last night, but Miller isn't a point guard and he doesn't play inside. 

That means that the two gaping holes in the Heat's starting line-up aren't getting help any time soon, if ever. 

The best they can hope for is injuries to Celtics and the best teams out West. Problem is, that's a lot of wishing and hoping. 

The best thing the Heat have going for them is that they play in dreadful Eastern Conference.

They'd be fighting to make the playoffs out West. The Lakers, Mavs, Spurs and even the Thunder and the Blazers are all better than the Heat, with the Hornets and Jazz being just as good.

So are the Nuggets, but it seems like it is only a matter of time until Carmelo Anthony forces his way out of Denver.

In the East, there are only two teams better than the Heat: The Celtics and maybe Orlando. Of course, it's hard to know what kind of team the Magic will have after all the wheeling and dealing they did last weekend.

Which is why they won't really be confronted with their obvious flaws until the playoffs or when they have to face the like Dallas and Boston, who will continue to beat the Heat like a drum all year long.