Fizer's Take: Miami Heat
Let me start off with this question by most critics on Dwyane Wade's game... What is his position on the basketball court? He isn't a PG because he doesn't quite have the handles and the ability to set up his teammates on a consistent basis. He isn't a SG either because he doesn't have a shooter's touch. so what is he? Well, let Dwyane Wade answer that for you in a very simple manner. He is simply a basketball player... When he is on the court, he WILL make something happen. He stated that he's going to make the defense respect him and that's where he'll look for his teammates. Right on Dwyane... A very good answer. Considering after all those injuries he had during the past 2 seasons, considering being a part of the worst team last 2007-08 after winning the championship way back in 2006, it's Wade's work ethic that will have to drive him pass through the tough moments. We were really afraid for him because he might end up being a Penny Hardaway... a talented player ruined by injuries. And he isn't the only one. Guys like Grant Hill and Danny Manning should be included in that conversations too. Well, Dwyane Wade is back and he is not part of that infamous group. He showed his true form in the past Olympics being the leading scorer and the guy being depended upon. He showed us why he deserved to be in conversations for the MVP award. Looking at all the talent that the Heat have, they have limited people there. Shawn Marion was not the answer and was soon traded to the Raptors for Jermain O'Neal who is getting weaker. Michael Beasley, the 2nd pick of the ever strong 2008 NBA Draft, was inconsistent on most nights as he tends to be watching Dwyane play instead of helping him out. That's why I admire Erik Spoelstra because he led this team to a playoff spot considering how low level of talent the Heat has. What?! Don't you agree? Is Joel Anthony, Chris Quinn, Yakhouba Diawara good talent? I mean Dorell Wright has the skill but he is injury-proned. The Heat has solid players in James Jones, Haslem and Mario Chalmers but they are not enough to make it great. Plus, if you remove Dwyane Wade in that team, you would be looking at another 15-win season for the Heat. Dwyane Wade was unbelievable throughout the season, he sets up career highs in most points and surpasses Alonzo Mourning as the All-Time Franchis leader in scoring. Proof that Wade is back and that he is an MVP-favorite. Other than that, he brought the team back to respectability by having a 28-win turnaround from last season as they earned a spot in the playoffs taking the Atlanta Hawks to 7 games before bowing out. Still, it was a redemption for them as they move on for a better finish this upcoming season.
To improve in this upcoming season, they aren't looking forward to the draft since they don't have any first round picks. They did however made a trade with Lakers for draft pick Patrick Beverley. Beverley has some skills and can shoot it from the perimeter but he is never more than a back up for Mario Chalmers. Robert Dozier was the 60th pick by the Heat in the draft. When you draft last, there isn't many options to choose from but I thought Josh Heytvelt could have been a more logical pick. Anyway, Dozier has that athleticism that can help bring energy to the team. He sorta reminds me of a poor man's Darius Miles. This was a so-so draft for the Heat who are hoping to find a way to make Dwyane Wade happy.
The offseason was so far very quiet. There were rumors that they could have signed Lamar Odom and that they were inches away from doing so but the deal never pulled through. There were rumors that Allen Iverson could be playing for the Heat but didn't happen. All I hear are rumors, rumors and talks which does not always translate to acquisition. I also hear talks about getting Carlos Boozer, Jamaal Tinsley and etc. None of those have happened yet. Well, they did have Quentin Richardson, a guy who has been bounced on and off with other teams before ever suiting up for them. Let's just hope he doesn't bounce to another team right after I write this column. Then there's the question of how ready will Mike Beasley be after going to a rehab program. I am sensing Derrick Coleman part2 here. I hope I'm wrong with that. He is the guy that needs to improve badly because Wade is doing all the work. He has had an underacheiveing rookie year. A year where everybody expected him to win the ROY award from start to finish. So, without delay, can the Heat appear again in the playoffs with so many teams getting stronger in the East? Will Mike Beasley have a breakout season? Will Dwyane Wade stay away from injuries one more time? It will be a lot of questions for the Heat this upcoming season and I hope to see them burn farther.
NBA Draft Grade: B-
NBA Offseason Grade: C-
Predicted W-L: 37-45
This is just a writer's opinion... Anyone care to comment, I am open for it^^
i respect quinn simply coz hes a 6ft white dude making it the nba and i have no idea how haha
and spolestra is the right coach for this team and has the club in the right direction
and points for ur opinion on wade
I think the Heat are gonna struggle next year. Wade satyed healthy last season and played amazing. They can't possibly expect any more from him. I'm not as high on Chalmers and Beasley as a lot of people. Chalmers is decent, but he isn't scaring anybody around the leage whe they play miami. Beasley will put up numbers, but his impact on the game will not be that great since he pretty much just a scorer. O'neal healthy can help, but he hasn't been the same in years even when he was healthy. Quentin pretty much brings o the table what DCook and JJones already did.
With no other improvements on the roster and so many other teams improving, I think the Heat miss the playoffs and Wade is gonna want to see them sign another big name free agent before he resigns next summer.
Miami has to pull off a big trade to get a big player in Miami for Dwayne Wade to stay IMO. Maybe get Carlos Boozer from the Jazz or wait till he is a free agent, but they need someone for Dwayne Wade to stay. The supporting cast of Chalmers, Wright, Jones isn't going to cut it.
Wade is gonna fall apart if he has to continue to carry this team through the season, Beasley needs to reach his potential to provide some help, but that may not be this year. they need someone to be the second option to wade such as boozer or david lee. they have to put something together soon and make the playoffs or wade will be living in that chicago apartment full time with an actual nba team around him
I think Miami will wait and make a move like Denver did. Boozer is still available. I dont see them doing too much if they dont make any moves. Also Chalmers will have people thinking about his soon like Rondo did. Chalmers as a rookie got like 2 steals. His offense will come around. I kind of see this playing out like Mo Williams not saying they have the same game but Mo Williams was a second round pick that became an elite point guard after a few years.
heat will get better than 37-45.... jermaine oneal will learn the offensive scheme better, chalmers and beasley will develop... they basically have the same team as last year... i just dont see how they can get worse
can you do one for the magic
Wade and Beasley are their guys, that's it.
I think Beasley realizes he isnt going to just be a bully like he was in college and just get deep position every play, he needs to decide if he's a SF or PF. At least he's working on his SF skills though.
Wade is a monster, and I think he'll go to the Bulls if the Heat dont do what they have to do to get him a good supporting cast.
Chalmers is an overachiever and he isnt going to get alot better. He provides shooting and defense, but he's nothing more than average/slightly above average as a PG. He's also not a great ball-handler or passer, and he's not much of a talent offensively.
O'Neal is not what he was, but 15 and 7 is reasonable.
Jones was a disappointment for the most part, and Dorell Wright seeminglly has all the talent in the world, but he hasnt gotten too much better so Im starting to believe he's not that good.
They need help at every position except 2-guard and SF/PF to an extent..
they need to make some moves badly. anything to add a scorer they should have got Iversson personnel wise Miami is close to the best fit in the nba because Iverson fits playing next to Chalmers and Wade because both can play point but are good enough defensively to guard the 2.
Is it possible that we could see the heat tank yet again like they did in they 2 years ago? Its certainly not out of the question with the strength of the east. Either Chalmers and Cook improve drastically or the Heat could be in for a rough season returning to the lottery once again.
I thnk the thing to consider is that the heat can improve slightly as a team, but still finish with a worse record and miss the playoffs. Washington and Toronto both missed last year, and there is no way they should miss this year. Philly is an improving team with Brand coming back and Young, LWilliams, Speights and Iguodala all improving. Chicago should be better even though they lost gordon because now they have BMiller and Salmons for a full year plus Deng is coming back. Rose, Noah and TThomas should all improve. Detroit added some key players and Indiana might pass the heat as well with Dunleavy returning and Hibbert taking on a bigger role. I'm not saying the heat can't make it, but they were swept by Atlanta last year and I'm not seeing them pass atlanta either. They just didn't make any moves.