The NBA 30 in 30 is a look at each team as the coming 2013-2014 season approaches. This look reviews their current roster, last year's experience, new developments and a prediction as to where the organization will end at the conclusion of the upcoming year of NBA action.
The Miami Heat have set out to attempt the famed “Three Peat” as they chase after their third NBA title. Looking at the roster many basketball experts have already placed them at the top of the list as the best team in the league coming into this season. There are changes in key places but some improvements have been made on this roster.
One would have to start at the top of the roster with LeBron James. James is coming off of another MVP season in which he showed a complete improvement across his game. Averaging 26.8 points, 8 rebounds and 7.3 assists per game he set himself apart from the rest of the league. On the other side of the coin the downfall of Dwyane Wade is oft publicized but hasn't quite yet come to fruition. Both he and Chris Bosh averaged numbers that were lower than any point other than their rookie seasons in the NBA. However, they came around at key points during the post season to help push this team towards their second title.
Mario Chalmers is a solid point guard that plays into the scheme well. The Heat have a few options at the power forward position as Udonis Haslem and Chris Anderson are available to play that position. What is even more interesting is that the Heat have taken in the embattled Michael Beasley and Greg Oden, two highly touted NBA draft picks, that have fallen to the wayside. If the Heat can find a way to get serviceable minutes out of both of these players then their roster has become a lot stronger. Added to the second unit that includes Ray Allen, Norris Cole and Shane Battier this group has established a team that is much stronger than the other two that have brought in titles.
Expected Starting Roster with 2012-2013 Stats
Mario Chalmers, PG: 8.6 PPG, 3.5 APG
Dwyane Wade, SG: 21.2 PPG, 5.1 APG
LeBron James, SF: 26.8 PPG, 8 RPG
Udonis Haslem, PF: 3.9 PPG, 5.4 APG
Chris Bosh, C: 16.6 PPG, 6.8 RPG
Expected Season Finish
1st in Eastern Conference