The Heat won the Championship in a dramatic way, but that does not mean they can’t still improve. They may have the Big 3 and some bench players that helped out but could still use some help in a few areas.
According to NBA-Statistics by Team-Yahoo Sports, the Miami Heat averaged 38.6 rebounds per game which was last in the NBA and third to last in offensive rebounds with 8.2 offensive rebounds per game. This shows that even though the Heat won their second championship in three Finals appearances, they still lack a crucial part of the game. Bosh and Haslem are usually power forwards but played center sometimes and yet they still won the championship. They do need to work on their rebounding and low post but that is mainly it. The Heat do not need a Dwight Howard, Andrew Bynum, or Pau Gosol to win but just a decent center who knows defense and how to rebound.
Chris Andersen was good in the finals and not too bad during the regular season. He is a guy that is hard working and may not play a lot of minutes, but when he does, he will produce and try his best. I think he is a good back up center, and if they absolutely need a center, he should start because he can do the things that a center should do. He can play defense, rebound, be a team player, and still score a few points without taking bad shot selections.
According to ESPN, the Heat are trying to get Greg Oden, which would be good. Oden was a great college player and No.1 draft pick overall. If he stays healthy, he could be very valuable to the team as a starter. According to ESPN NBA Free Agents, Andrew Bynum and Al Jefferson are free agents but they are probably too expensive for the Heat to try and get.
Two free agents that would make a good fit for the Heat would be Jermaine O’Neal or Emeka Okafor. Jermaine O’Neal already has experience playing with Wade and Haslem and is a good all around center. He is a good defender, tall, has good free throw percentage which sometimes lacks from most centers, rebounds good, scores about 8-10 ppg. Emeka Okafor is good because he scores about 10 ppg, rebounds better then O’Neal, tall, big, good on defense, but bad at free throws. One other guy is Sam Dalembert who is not as good but can still be an okay center. He does not score much but can rebound and play decent defense which is what a center should do. I do not know how much money the Heat have to spend on a new player, so I am not sure who they can and can’t afford. I think O’Neal would be a good fit because he is a player that the Heat can probably afford and a decent center which is what they lack on the team.
With more teams signing multiple all-stars, it will be tougher for the Heat to win. The Knicks got Carmello, Stoudemire, Chandler, and JR Smith. Clippers have Paul, Griffin, Bledsoe, Billups (when healthy can be valuable to the team), and rumors on acquiring Doc Rivers, Garnett, and possibly Paul Pierce. The Spurs have showed that they still can make a championship run. The Pacers and Nuggets have some young talent that can play. Thunder have Durant, Westbrook, and Ibaka that can play well together. The Lakers have Kobe, Nash, Pau, and Howard. The Lakers struggled this season but if the players start playing at what they are capable of doing and get better at playing with each other then they are a very dangerous team. The Bulls have Rose returning, Noah, Boozer, Deng, and Thibodeau as coach. They are great in defense which is what they need against the Heat because Miami was fifth in points per game and first in shooting percentage with 49.6% shooting.
The Miami Heat have pretty much everything that makes a great team. They have LeBron James and Dwyane Wade who are two of the greatest players in the league currently and all time. They have Chris Bosh who is tall, decent at rebounding, good defender, and can sometimes make the mid range jump shot which is unusual for a guy his height. Mario Chalmers who is a good point guard that can pass the ball well and is at times clutch. Shane Battier, Mike Miller, and Ray Allen can hit the three pointer when coming off the bench as shooting guards or small forwards. The Heat have a good chance at making a repeat at the Championship even if they do not get a center position. They proved this year that they could win, but throughout the season, they still had flaws that they can improve on. If they get a proper center who knows his role, they will have a better chance at a third championship.