Miami Heat Team Preview

Same team, same result

Last Seasons Record – 44-38

This Seasons Record – 44-38

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Take a good look at that photo Heat fans. This is Dwyane Wade’s final year, his farewell tour is upon us, and it could be quite the emotional journey. I can’t believe that this is his final year in the league, it makes me feel old. Honestly, it feels like just yesterday I was watching him go to the final four with Marquette. Will this get in the way of the season, or does this give the other players something to play for? Only time will tell, but one thing is for sure, us NBA fans will miss you, Mr. Wade.

 Key Additions and Subtractions 

So the Heat did absolutely nothing this offseason? They are bringing the same band back, and that necessarily isn’t a bad thing. They still have the same core of Goran Dragic, Bam Adebayo, Hassan Whiteside, Dion Waiters, and Justise Winslow. Mix that in with Dwyane Wade and Kelly Olynyk, this team was pretty solid last season. They are well coached, and if they band together and want to make Wade’s last year a memorable one, I don’t see why this team can’t make the playoffs.

Year Long Question – Does Justise Winslow make the leap? 

When the Heat drafted Winslow with the 10th overall pick, they really thought they got the steal of the draft. He had a fantastic rookie campaign but hasn’t really improved on that season since. In order for this team to get better and improve on their record from last year, it will fall on the shoulders of this young man. He needs to improve his job shot and become an overall better offensive player. He’s great on the defensive end, but that’s just not enough for this team. If he isn’t playing up to par halfway through the season, I can see them unloading him to another team. It’s time to crap or get off the pot, and Miami doesn’t really want to be a middle-tier team forever. So the pressure is on Justise.

Fan Mindset

We used to call him The Flash, now he isn’t so speedy. All jokes aside, can’t you see Wade saying this all year long? Not even in terms of playing basketball, but Wade is old, he’s married, and I think he wants to start the next phase of his life. Whatever that may be, probably a TV guy, but not only is Wade going to be saying this, but fans as well. Some fans might be getting too old for this shit. Wade’s body is the reason why he is hanging it up for good, he played hard, and he played fast and there’s no denying that he is an all-time great, and a shoe-in for the Hall of Fame. But I’m very curious to know if Wade is going to go all in for this season and give it everything he’s got. Or he’s just going to sit back, relax and enjoy the farewell tour. I think he wants to go out with a bang, and I believe he’s going to give it his all, and he wants this team to make a deep playoff run if that’s possible. Hope to see some vintage Wade this upcoming year.

Bold Prediction, Sponsored By Nate –  The Heat make the ECF

Call me crazy or call me bold. But this segment is called bold prediction for a reason. When you have something or someone to play for, crazy, insane things can happen. So if this team clicks and comes together, anything can happen. LeBron is out of the East, and I think every team now thinks they can win the Eastern Conference. So if the Heat stay healthy, they will have the highest of confidence going into the playoffs. Let’s give Wade a great last season.

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