The Miami Heat will look to take the next step in 2018-19, hoping to advance further in the playoffs than last year’s first round exit. Much of the same team returns, meaning Erik Spoelstra must continue to develop Miami’s young core. Without LeBron James in the East, the opportunity is there for the Heat to take the leap into the Eastern Conference elite.
The main storyline for the Heat this season will be Dwyane Wade's farewell tour. The future Hall of Famer will go down as one of the best players to ever play in a Heat uniform, and a true icon to the city of Miami. You won't want to miss your final chance to see Dwyane Wade play at American Airlines Arena.
With Goran Dragic and Dion Waiters in the backcourt, the Heat have two playmakers who can score at will. Dragic’s smooth style of play, combined with Waiters’ electric scoring ability make the Miami backcourt so fun to watch. Tyler Johnson will back up both guard positions, providing the Heat with three guards they can rely on to create pays and jumpstart the offense. Throw in Josh Richardson and Justise Winslow, and the Heat have excellent depth on the perimeter. Both Richardson and Winslow are under 25, and their continued development will be essential to the Heat’s success.
In the frontcourt Miami is led by defensive anchor Hassan Whiteside. Whiteside’s elite shot blocking ability always has him among the league leaders in blocks, delivering emphatic rejections night in and night out at American Airlines Arena. At the 4, Kelly Olynyk and James Johnson add versatility and unique scoring abilities.
The most important player on the roster is arguably Bam Adebayo, the second year center selected 14th overall in the 2017 NBA Draft. Adebayo showed tremendous potential in his rookie season on both offense and defense. His development will be a primary concern for Erik Spoelstra and his coaching staff this season.
Expectations are high in Miami after last year’s 44 win season. The depth of the roster may be Erik Spoelstra’s best asset, as the Heat have multiple players who can contribute at a high level at each position. Look for the Heat to reach the playoffs once again and make some noise once they get there.
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