The Miami Heat have been the most talked about team in all of pro sports over the last three years. They shook up the entire sports world when they brought in superstars LeBron James and Chris Bosh to pair up with Dwyane Wade. They lit up the NBA with their 27-game win streak this season, but got pushed into a game seven in the conference finals with the Pacers. Many people think that the Pacers may have supplied a blueprint for beating the heat, but others believe the Heat have too much talent to hold down. One thing is for sure, we are in for an intense, spectacular series between the two best teams in the world.
Let’s take a look at the Miami Heat-
Just two words might be the difference in this series: LeBron James. He is unarguably the best player in the NBA, and some would argue that it’s not even close. He won his fourth MVP this year and came in second in the voting for Defensive Player of the Year. He might be the most complete player the NBA has ever seen, and is working his way into the conversation of greatest NBA player of all time. The thing that makes LeBron so amazing is his ability to do everything on the floor. He can score from outside. He can score from inside. He can post up and dunk with the best. He rebounds. He is a great passer. He can play defense against any position on the court, and play it well. Honestly LeBron is so good that his incredible performances have become routine. He makes it look easy out there, which is quite an accomplishment considering he is playing against the best competition in the world.
As for the other members of the Big 3, Wade and Bosh, they are not too bad either. Wade is one of the best 10 players in the league, probably in the top five when he is 100% healthy, but staying healthy has been a problem. He is one of the most exciting players in the NBA; his athleticism and high basketball I.Q. put him in the right spots at the right time. He is quick, incredibly talented, and has the ability to take a game over. The other thing that makes Wade a great asset is his leadership ability. He leads by example, and when he speaks people listen.
While Bosh often gets overshadowed by his counterparts, he would be the best player on many of the rosters around the league. He is extremely athletic for a big guy, has a great touch from outside, and has added the three-point shot to his résumé. Bosh’s ability to work the high post or shoot from outside helps space the floor so Wade and James have better lanes to drive. He also keeps a cool temperament, which is a good thing in today’s hectic NBA.
The Supporting Cast
One of the big differences between the first season of the Big 3 era and next two has been the quality of the supporting casts. The Heat knew they had done well for themselves this offseason when they signed Ray Allen. Allen is one of the very best shooters in the history of the NBA, which forces teams to stay honest on defense, giving the Big 3 more room to work. Shane Battier is a unique player, and a great piece for the Heat. While his stats might not jump off the page, he always finds a way to influence the game. He is the smartest player in the NBA and as good of teammate as there is. Udonis Haslem is a scrappy player who gives his all every time he steps on the floor. He is physical and willing to get dirty, the type of player every team needs at least one of. Mario Chalmers is a hard-nosed player who is capable of picking up some offensive slack, he has put up some big numbers in important games this year. Finally, Chris “Birdman” Anderson has been a nice surprise for Miami this season. He has brought a defensive presence and energy to the game during his time on the court. All in all, the Heat has a collection of role players that complement the Big 3 quite nicely.
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