The Miami Heat are in the post-Dwayne Wade era. A lot of memories have happened in that arena since he was a franchise player for them. But the Heat believe they have found a filler in the gap with Jimmy Butler, one of the best two-way guards in the league. Even though he isn’t going to be just as spectacular as Wade was, he still a good franchise player to have that’ll keep you in the playoff him while you find other free agents and young players.

This is a team that could be in the playoffs with the leading man in Jimmy Butler. We have seen him do it before with the Minnesota Timberwolves and we all know what happened when he was either injured during the first round of the playoffs or even in the regular season. The Timberwolves plummeted into being an under average team after he left for the 76ers. He’s a player that even though he maybe be a little bit over the edge when it comes to being on the court, it’s only because he cares about the game so much and is willing to sacrifice his body on the line. I believe they have a pretty good roster and bench to be a very fast-paced team

Point Guards

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  • Goran Dragić
  • Kendrick Nunn
  • Bubu Palo

Dragić to has turned into a very underrated player for his position, but he continuously gets injured. But hopefully, this could be an upside for him, seeing how his team has the potential to get back to the playoffs, with the help of Butler. Nunn is a rookie out of Oakland who is hoping to make noise early in his career instead of waiting behind veteran players. With the team not truly having a point guard, it could give him a chance to lock down that position in the future.

Shooting Guards

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  • Tyler Herro
  • Daryl Macon
  • Davon Reed
  • Duncan Robinson
  • Dion Waiters

Waiters is a sneaky player and I believe he is the second-best player on the team and can take over games when his number is called. Robinson is coming back for his second year from Michigan. He’s turning into a player that’s starting to know his role on the team and he’s a guy that can grow while he is getting his reps from coming off the bench. Although, he is sitting behind Waiters he can still learn a lot from not only him but also the other veterans on the team. Herro is a guy that is shining right now in the preseason and  hopefully, it translates into the regular season if so then he could be a really good third option. Even though he will be one of the first people off the bench, he will slowly turn into a starter throughout the season, and maybe even turn into a Rookie of the Year candidate. Macon and Reed are young in this league and finding their way.

Small Forwards

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  • Kyle Alexander
  • Jimmy Butler
  • Skyler Flatten
  • James Johnson
  • Derrick Jones Jr.
  • KZ Okpala
  • Chris Silva

Butler may have found his home with the Miami Heat. After maxing out with them, he has given himself to be able to run his own team and teach the young ones on how to be great in this league. Alexander, Silva, and Okpala are all rookies and are going to be learning a lot from Butler as they grow and try to one start in this league. Jones is coming back for his fifth year and it seems that he has found his home here in Miami. After starting out in Phoenix then moving to Toronto then finally to Miami, he’s getting settled in and finding his role on the squad.

Power Forwards/Centers

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  • Bam Adebayo
  • Ryan Anderson
  • Udonis Haslem
  • Meyers Leonard
  • Kelly Olynyk
  • Justice Winslow

Justice is the only true Power forward on this list, even though he can play the small forward position. It seems with him starting and playing a lot of minutes with Jimmy Butler along side of him, he will be playing the four man position. Don’t get me wrong, he can still be able to take his defender outside the paint and be able to either make a move for a layup/dunk or make a move that goes into a jumper. Haslem, Leonard, Bam, and Kelly all are hybrid Bigs, meaning they can be able to work the outside while still being able to bring you inside and play the five-man position. Although we may see Bam and Leonard play inside a lot more than anything, they still will be seen as an outside threat.

Coach

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Erik Spoelstra been in the league since 2008 and has two rings under his belt. Although he may haven’t had much success since LeBron James has left in 2013, he is still a good coach that is waiting for the right bunch to come along and make some noise again down in Miami, and I think he believes this might be the roster. I do think they need to go out and find one more star that could help out Jimmy in the long run before his contract is up, but that doesn’t stop this team from potentially going far in the playoffs until then.

Projected Lineup/Roster Cuts

  • PG: Goran Dragić
  • SG: Dion Waiters
  • SF: Jimmy Butler
  • PF: Justice Winslow
  • C: Kelly Olynyk
  • Sixth Man: Tyler Herro
  • Rest of the Bench: James Johnson, Meyers Leonard, Ryan Anderson, Bam Adebayo, Udonis Haslem, Derrick Robinson, Kendrick Nunn, KZ Okpala, Duncan Robinson
  • Roster Cuts: Skyler Flatten, Bubu Palo, Daryl Macon, Davon Reed

Overall this is a good roster that could be a top sixth team in the Eastern Conference with the help of their new franchise player in Jimmy Butler. I believe he knows he can do serious damage with the roster that he has behind him. They still are a piece away from truly considering themselves as an NBA championship contender.

With the many young players that they have at the moment, they have a lot of room to grow, but they also have a good amount of veteran players in every position that could truly help the young ones prosper into something great. I look forward to this team gelling quickly before its really time to make a move for the playoffs.

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