The Miami Heat will need to dig deep into their tool-chest this season if they want to accomplish the ultimate goal, a title. While the addition of a guy like Kyle Lowry and the improvement of other guys on the team, such as a more aggressive Bam Adebayo, should catapult them to the upper-echelon of the league, they still have to execute and do the work to take on the very peak teams of the league.
When thinking about some of those teams, the Brooklyn Nets, Milwaukee Bucks, and Philadelphia 76ers in their own conference, along with teams like the Los Angeles Lakers, Clippers, Utah Jazz, and others in the other conference, the Miami Heat could run into trouble.
While that could present itself in a myriad of ways from game to game and from team to team mentioned above or any other that wasn’t, there is one thing that would be a constant issue across any of them, was so to start last season, and has been a typical Miami Heat bug-a-boo on a number of years.
They needed more size. That was either on the floor, at any given time or on the team, period.
The Miami Heat have run into size issues quite a bit in the last few years. Will they be able to play two of them together this season?
They actually have the size on their team this year, with guys like Omer Yurtseven and Dewayne Dedmon to go along with the slightly smaller power-players in Bam and guys like Markieff Morris. However, they have to be able to use them and together, if need be.
In order to do that, they have to be able to create optimal spacing and that can be accomplished in two ways. The outside guys can be so good from the outside, that it sucks the defense out because of the threat, allowing enough space to be created that way.
Or, one or both of the bigs has to be able to hit the outside shot to create that same impact. Most teams prefer both, which is the way you win titles now and not just a couple of regular season games but also, just what the Heat might have this year.
If guys like Jimmy Butler can hit their outside shots, if the team returns to their three-point prowess from the Bubble Year, and if the bigs that can shoot it from out there hit a few on a consistent basis, there is no reason why they shouldn’t be able to play two big men together.
That ability would surely come in handy against some of the league’s juggernauts. Especially considering the fact that they can either attack with pure size and brute force, such as LeBron James and the Lakers, put versatile size on the floor along with traditional size, such as Kevin Durant and the Nets or simply, throw a ton of size at you period, like Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks.