Miami Heat 2012-13 NBA Preview

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Miami Heat

2011-12 Vitals:

46-20, 1st in Southeast Division, 2nd in Eastern Conference
98.5 PPG/92.5 OPP PPG

2012-13 Roster:

Ray Allen – SG
Joel Anthony – C
Shane Battier – SF
Chris Bosh – PF
Mario Chalmers – PG
Norris Cole – PG
Mickell Gladness – C
Justin Hamilton – C
Terrel Harris – G
Udonis Haslem – PF
LeBron James – SF
James Jones – SF
Rashard Lewis – SF
Mike Miller – SG
Dexter Pittman – C
Jarvis Varnado – PF
Dwyane Wade – SG

Offseason Additions:

Ray Allen, Rashard Lewis, Justin Hamilton

Offseason Subtractions:


Projected Starters:

PG – Mario Chalmers
SG – Dwyane Wade
SF – LeBron James
PF – Shane Battier
C – Chris Bosh

Season Outlook:

The defending champion Miami Heat return the all of the same players from their championship team with a couple of significant additions. Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis have arrived and look to spread the floor with their three-point shooting ability.

LeBron James is coming off the best season a professional could have, winning the season MVP, Finals MVP and a Gold medal. Looking at his history, it’s reasonable to assume he’ll continue with his production. He’s right in the middle of his prime and the rest of the league is on notice.

A back-to-back championship is fully possible, although I still worry about their ability to defend teams that have a dominant player in the paint. They didn’t have to deal with one last year after the Indiana Pacers.

Best-Case Scenario:

The addition of Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis give LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh more room to maneuver, and they make the most of it. They run the table in the Eastern Conference, earning the No. 1 seed and getting to the NBA Finals, where they defeat the Los Angeles Lakers.

Worst-Case Scenario:

LeBron James gets hurt and the rest of the team can’t pick up the slack. Without James, they are a playoff team but not a Finals contender. The additional production that can’t be shown in statistics would be lost and the Heat would bow out in the second round.

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