Miami Heat: NBA 2014-15 Season Preview, Prediction, Outlook
2014 NBA Season
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The Miami Heat failed to three-peat last season and now enter this year as a completely different team than in the past. No longer the hunted, the Heat have become the hunter and it’s created a nice change of pace for the fans down in South Florida. Here is your 2014-15 Miami Heat preview.
Key Additions: Luol Deng, Josh McRoberts and Danny Granger
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Key Losses: LeBron James, Shane Battier, Rashard Lewis and Ray Allen
Biggest Strength: The biggest strength for the Miami Heat is the ability to spread the floor and play different offenses. With Bosh, McRoberts and Deng on the court at the same time, the Heat will make defenses respect their ability to shoot the ball, which opens up the paint and allows guards to attack the cup. All three Miami wing players are versatile and can hurt you in a variety of ways. And that’s without even mentioning Danny Granger, who has the potential to be a steal if he can get anywhere close to what he was with the Indiana Pacers. The Miami Heat will be one of the best floor spacing teams in the league this season, which could lead to a more efficient offense than a season ago.
Biggest Weakness: The biggest weakness for the Miami Heat was and still remains rebounding. The Heat finished dead last in rebounds last season and didn’t make any big changes to address the issue. Chris Anderson is Miami’s only true big man, and he’s pretty much on his last leg at the age of 36. And while Bosh will be the starting center this season, he’s proven time and time again that he’s more comfortable as a finesse player who plays outside of the paint. The Miami Heat will have to be a rebounding by committee team and without LeBron being in that mix, it doesn’t look good as far as protecting the glass is concerned.
Expectations: Some would say the Miami Heat are a rebuilding team after losing LeBron James, but this is still a squad that can compete in the East. Pat Riley did a great job of keeping the band together and adding a few bargain pieces with some of the money he had left over. The Miami Heat should easily land a top five seed in the East and could push for a fourth or third seed if everything goes well. The Heat are in no means a favorite to reach the NBA Finals for a fifth straight season, but don’t think this squad is going to roll over and not be competitive.