Miami Heat 2016 Preview, Draft, Offseason Recap, Depth Chart, Outlook
Miami Heat 2016 Preview
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The Miami Heat did a rebuilding job during the offseason and seem to have their eyes set on the future. While Pat Riley is always looking to win now, this roster is very young and has some question marks.
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Here is your Miami Heat 2015 NBA preview.
Key Player Losses: The obvious key loss for the Heat is Dwyane Wade, as he’s the face of the franchise and got Miami excited about basketball in the first place. It’s like the New York Yankees losing Derek Jeter, where does your organization go from here? Wade is first all time in a lot of key categories in Heat history, including games played, assists, steals and points. Due to exploding contracts and big money being elsewhere, Joe Johnson, Luol Deng and Gerald Green also have new homes.
Key Player Additions: I wouldn’t call any of the Heat’s additions key, but they did add some nice role players in Derrick Williams, James Johnson, Dion Waiters and Luke Babbitt. Waiters is a young, athletic guard who still has potential to become a solid player, and he took far less money to leave OKC for South Beach. Williams and Johnson can crash the glass and provide points off the bench. Also, Babbitt is a career 40.3 percent shooter from beyond the arc, an area the Heat struggled mightily last season.
Draft: The Miami Heat didn’t have a draft pick in 2016.
Outlook: A projection for the Heat is a lot easier knowing the status of Chris Bosh. If the All Star returns from blood clots, the Heat are still a playoff team in the East. If not, Miami is probably better off getting a lottery pick. Still, the Heat is a talented young club with building blocks in Josh Richardson, Hassan Whiteside, Justise Winslow and Tyler Johnson. Add Goran Dragic at point guard and the Heat still have a respectable group of talent. However, Miami’s season will be determined on whether or not Bosh is in uniform.