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2012/13 SEASON ROSTER
NUM
PLAYER
POS
HT
34
G
6-5
50
C
6-9
31
F-G
6-8
1
F
6-10
15
G
6-1
30
G
6-2
 
C
6-10
14
G
6-4
40
F
6-8
6
F
6-8
22
F
6-8
9
G
6-10
13
G
6-8
45
C
6-10
 
G
6-6
3
G
6-4

Miami Heat       

ADDITIONS:
Ray Allen (Boston), Josh Harrellson (New York), Rashard Lewis (Washington) and Garrett Temple (Casale).

SUBTRACTIONS:
Eddy Curry (Dallas), Juwan Howard and Ronny Turiaf (LA Clippers).

STRENGTHS:
It all starts with LeBron James, the NBA’s three-time MVP, who has the ability to make all around him better and should have even greater confidence (if that is possible) after winning his first NBA championship ... This is an unselfish team and James sets the tone for that ... James gets his teammates open shots with the constant double-teams that he draws… All-Stars Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh were far from 100 percent in the playoffs and Miami still won the title, so you have to wonder what happens if everybody is healthy this year ... Miami was a good three-point shooting team last season and should improve with the addition of Ray Allen along with Rashard Lewis ... Both Allen and Lewis provide this team with even greater depth ... Miami improved last year playing a half-court game and is among the NBA’s best in transition ... In addition, Miami is a great defensive squad with James and Wade as good a tandem of lock-down defenders as there is in the league ... Guard Mario Chalmers, while not always consistent, has continually shown the ability to hit big shots from distance ... Terrific depth.

WEAKNESSES:
The Heat aren’t a great rebounding team ... Wade had offseason knee surgery and is expected to be ready for the season, but a key will be how he comes back from the injury ... The same is the case for Bosh, who missed nine playoff games with a lower abdominal strain ... Many projected rotations players over 30, including Wade (31 in January), Lewis (33), Mike Miller (32), Udonis Haslem (32), Shane Battier (34) and Allen (37)….The only worry about James is potential fatigue after 62 regular season games, 23 more in the playoffs and then competing in the Olympics ... Miami doesn't have a great true center ... Joel Anthony, while a solid shot blocker, is almost a non-factor on offense.

PROJECTION:
1st in the Southeast Division / 1st in the Eastern Conference

PROJECTED STARTERS
PG: Mario Chalmers Jason Richardson SG: Dwyane Wade LeBron James SF: LeBron James
Has ups and downs and is not an elite point guard, but always plays with guts. Very good long-range shooter. Terrific scorer that's hard to stop when when he dashes to the basket. Top-notch defender. Health will be an big issue with him. The best player in the game. Scores in bunches, rebounds well, has great court vision and defends like a beast.
Yi Jianlian PF: Udonis Haslem C: Chris Bosh Ray Allen Sixth: Ray Allen
Will get the Heat extra possessions. Very good rebounder that can hit mid-range shots - although not as often as in the past. Will play a lot of minutes out of position at center. Too quick for most big men. Can go to work in the post or make outside shots. Pried away from Boston, Allen will be a consistent long-range threat for Miami. Won't have to work as much to get open looks.