Miami Heat 2017-18 Season Preview

Miami Heat

The Miami Heat almost made the playoffs last season. The Heat was one of the hottest teams heading towards the end of last season. With everybody coming back look for the Heat to make the playoffs this year especially in a weaker east division.

Key Loss              

Luke Babbitt, Willie Reed

Everybody from the main core for the Heat came back which is weird typically somebody leaves for a big payday, but then again who would want to leave South Beach. The three-point specialists Luke Babbitt will be missed but he is replaceable.

Key Additions 

Kelly Olynyk, Bam Adebayo

The Heat didn’t do a lot in free agency they mainly focused on bringing everybody. Pat Riley is a mastermind and head coach Eric Spoelstra doesn’t get enough credit. The culture that those two have built in south beach is like no other. The addition of Kelly Olynyk gives the heat another capable shooter from outside. Olynyk doesn’t rebound as well as he should for his size but he can play physical and is not afraid of the big moments (27 points in game seven in the second round). Bam Adebayo, on the other hand, will be given the opportunity to earn some minutes behind Hassan Whiteside. Adebayo the Kentucky Wildcat product is still raw but has the physical attributes to hold his own in the paint. Look for both guys to provide the Heat with quality minutes off the pine.

 X-Factor

Hassan Whiteside

Can someone tell me why Hassan Whiteside is not an all-star yet? Whiteside is a monster; Whiteside is a force on the defensive end but also can get buckets down low. Whiteside averaged 17 points, 14 rebounds, and 2 blocks that’s insane numbers for a league that proclaims centers are nonexistent. Whiteside is a gamer changer. In order for the Heat to build off the success, they had last season they need Whiteside at his best every single night.

Prediction 

49-33

The Heat roster is filled with versatile players at all positions. The Heat will make a lot of noise this season in the east. Look for the Heat to maybe have two all-stars this year in Hassan Whiteside and Goran Dragic. The Heat are well coached and have the players to be able to compete with the best in the east. With everybody back and healthy, there should be no reasons why the Heat doesn’t make the playoffs.