By Michael Wallace-USA TODAY SportsA lot of people have a lot of questions about the Heat’s starting lineup for next season.
Are the Heat good enough to compete?
Are they really capable of winning a title?
Are the guys on the roster actually worth having?
It’s been a tough year for the Miami Heat.
It’s been the most disappointing year of any team in the NBA since the dawn of the modern NBA, and that’s not even counting the way they’ve lost LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, who have been traded and traded again.
That’s why many fans are looking forward to next season and the beginning of a new era.
There are many, many reasons why fans are eager to see what the Heat can accomplish.
Here are some of the more obvious reasons to be excited about the 2018-19 Heat lineup:The Heat have finally found a starting five for next year.
Dwyan Wade is back.
Josh Richardson is back after missing most of the season with a broken leg.
And, like the rest of the roster, Chris Andersen is back from his Achilles injury.
The team is back to being one of the NBA’s top defensive teams, even if the scoring has dropped off a bit from the beginning.
While there have been some interesting moves made by the Heat, the most important thing the Heat did was get rid of three veterans who were a liability.
Erik Spoelstra was forced to let Wade walk, and Chris Bosh is coming off of a career-low 30.9 points per game, a career low.
So while Wade and Bosh will no longer be the primary threats to the Heat frontcourt, the Heat need to find a way to give Bosh some rest.
The Heat also acquired an asset that might be worth watching out for.
The Miami Heat is going to miss out on Kevin Durant.
The Oklahoma City Thunder are a contender again.
They were the top seed in the Eastern Conference last season and they have the league’s second-best record at 9-3.
But Durant’s departure would leave the Heat in the same position they had in 2017-18, when the Heat were in the middle of a rebuilding process.
The Thunder are not as bad as some people thought they would be, but they will likely be worse than Miami.
The Thunder were an excellent team last season.
The offense was fluid and the defense was a major reason why they were able to win seven of their final nine games.
But Durant’s decision to leave the Thunder leaves the Heat with a roster that lacks depth and a few big-name veterans that could make a big difference in the lineup.
The most intriguing player for the Heat is forward Josh Richardson.
Richardson was supposed to be a starting point guard, but he is not the type of player that you can count on to score a lot.
Richardson averaged 13.4 points and 6.9 rebounds per game in his lone season in the league last year, and he will be an important piece to a Miami team that will look to start a new season with the same core.
The biggest problem with the Heat roster is that they need to add some depth.
Last year, the team’s starting five ranked 15th in defensive efficiency.
That means the Heat had to rely on the bench to generate shots.
They finished dead last in offensive efficiency.
The Heat need some depth, and they could use a lot more it.
Miami needs to make a major upgrade in the frontcourt.
The roster is stacked with quality players, and while Richardson is not a star, he is a big-time player who can help fill the hole in the starting lineup.
Richardson’s offensive skills are also intriguing because he can score off the dribble.
He can make plays in transition and from the post, and his athleticism and size make him a perfect fit in the Heat lineup.
Miami also needs to address the defensive end.
They had an awful year on defense last year.
They ranked 29th in the conference in defensive field goal percentage, and it was one of those years that could have been avoided.
The biggest reason the Heat finished in the bottom half of the league was their inability to stop opposing teams from shooting the ball.
It was one thing to limit the number of 3-pointers that teams attempted in the regular season.
It can be a lot different when it comes to shooting the 3-point shot in the postseason.
But what is the best way to improve Miami’s defense in the future?
That’s the question Miami is going up against as they rebuild the roster.
The frontcourt is going be a huge problem in 2018-2019, and there are no easy answers.
But while there are some obvious questions, there are also a lot to like.
The Miami Heat are loaded with talent.
It might be a little surprising to see some of those players on the Heat starting lineup, but there are a lot that could be used on a championship contender.
That’s because the Heat are a