Chris Bosh Failed Physical: Looking at Miami Heat Projected Win Total For 2016-17 Season
Looking At Miami Heat's Season After The Bosh News
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We now have more insight on the Chris Bosh situation, as he failed his physical and his playing status for the Miami Heat this season or in the future is extremely bleak at this very moment. The Heat will likely play the entire 2016-17 season without an All Star for the first time under the Pat Riley era.
So, how does this affect the Heat’s over/under win total of 36.5 victories?
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Well, I’m assuming Vegas put that win total out with the idea Bosh wouldn’t be cleared because you can still find that number on various sites. The Heat also haven’t won less than 37 games since the 2007-08 season.
Now, majority of people will automatically think this is going to be a tank season for Miami and would suggest taking the under. Dwyane Wade and Bosh leave the same season? The sky is falling!
Not so fast…
First off, RIley is never a fan of tanking and does everything he can to win now. While the options aren’t great in terms of adding somebody before the deadline, the staff along with head coach Erik Spoelstra aren’t going to go down without a fight.
The Heat are a combined 37-30 without Bosh the last two seasons and finished 48-50 with him. Last year, the Heat finished 19-10 without Bosh on the court. This team has already shown it can win without one of the top-20 players in the league.
Goran Dragic is going to be able to return to his Phoenix days with his run-and-gun style that adds a spark to the offense. Last season, the Heat were slow offensively, finishing 23rd in points per game and 27th in total field goal attempts. Wade and Bosh aren’t there to slow down the tempo and the Heat’s preseason roster has 15 guys who are 29 years old or younger. This is a roster built for quicker pace and getting more looks at the bucket. Expect a breakout season from the starting point guard and better offensive numbers all around.
The Heat are also a hungry team with a lot of guys eager to prove themselves. Hassan Whiteside plays with a chip on his shoulder and wants to prove he’s worth the massive contract he just received. Tyler Johnson the same thing. Josh Richardson is a pitbull at shooting guard and has a little attitude to his game as well. Justise Winslow proved to be one of the better on ball defenders as a rookie and should only improve offensively. Not to mention players such as Derrick Williams, Dion Waiters, Wayne Ellington and James Johnson are playing on one-year deals with a chance to get a big payday if they thrive in this situation. This hunger should result in a feisty team that wants to prove some of the naysayers wrong.
Also, the best two-man combination for the Heat last season in almost every major category was Richardson and Whiteside. That includes field goal percentage, rebounds and assists.
Under 37 wins would put the Heat in the same boat as the Orlando Magic and Milwaukee Bucks from last season. It’s fair to say Miami has more talent and is better coached than both of those clubs were a year ago. Both of those teams were disasters for much of the season and still sniffed around this total.
Sure, the Heat are no longer going to be a dark horse in the East and have a lot of question marks moving forward. But this team is one of many capable of fighting for one of the last few playoffs spots and should be able to get over the projected win total.
Even without Bosh, the Heat can win 37 games.