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What the Miami Heat Need Before the 2021 NBA Season

| November 7, 2020 4:54 am PDT
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After winning the Eastern Conference and pushing the Lakers to the brink in the NBA Finals, Miami is in good hands. Pat Riley has built a championship-caliber roster that’s headed by a top-flight coach, not to mention they play in the weakest division in basketball.

In terms of the Miami Heat’s biggest needs that’ll position this organization for another run at a title, let’s dive in.

Post Presence

Bam Adebayo has arrived one of the best big men in the league. With that being said, Bam’s game would expand even more if Miami plugged another capable big man in their frontcourt.

Derrick Jones was lost in the rotation and is likely headed out of town. The same can be said for Meyers Leonard – an unrestricted free agent who logged a total of 31 minutes across the playoffs. Jae Crowder is also a UFA who may command more than Miami is willing to spend.

Kelly Olynyk’s inconsistencies make him difficult to trust leaving Adebayo as the only sincere option in the post. With some cap room opening up on the heels of a few departures, look for the Heat to target a versatile big man who can be implemented into their lineup right away.

Deeper Rotation

Erik Spoelstra relied on an eight-man rotation for the most part, although only seven Heat players saw the floor in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. Goran Dragic’s injury thrust Tyler Herro into the starting lineup – essentially wiping away any noticeable contributions from Miami’s second unit.

Dragic is likely going to sign elsewhere and Herro is a starter moving forward. That leaves Coach Spoelstra with Kendrick Nunn to come off his bench, and that’s really about it.

Between free agency and owning the 20th pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, the Heat need to start zeroing in on improving their bench.

By the way, I didn’t forget about Andre Iguodala. Iggy is way over the hill and is also an unrestricted free agent.

Upgrade at the Point Guard Position

Tyler Herro is naturally a two-guard. So is Kendrick Nunn for that matter. I could see Miami being hellbent on retaining Goran Dragic, but I could also see them utilizing the 20th pick in the draft on an up-and-coming PG.

Perhaps they do both and allow Dragic to mentor an incoming rookie.

Alabama’s Kira Lewis Jr. comes to mind, as does UNC’s Cole Anthony or Frenchman Theo Maledon. However, some chatter around the league is pointing toward Kentucky’s Ashton Hagans being the guy Pat Riley will pursue.

Given Hagans’ immense upside, landing his services would certainly qualify as an upgrade at the point guard position.

Final Thoughts

As much as the Heat want to go after Giannis Antetokounmpo, Pat Riley would be wise not to put all of his eggs into that one basket. Jimmy Butler and the current crew in South Beach were nearly enough to bring a championship home.

Continuing to improve the roster via free agency and the NBA draft might just be enough to deliver some more jewelry to Riley’s collection. Especially if Tyler Herro can pick up where he left off in the bubble.

Michael Wynn
Michael Wynn

As a former Division I collegiate golfer, Michael Wynn loves writing about golf. He's also an expert in most of America's most popular sports, writing extensively for GamblingSites.com on football, basketball, and baseball.

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