We are three weeks away from the start of the regular NBA season and the Miami Heat are expected to be one of the most interesting teams in the league. They lost their first preseason game against the Charlotte Hornets, but the fans got what they wanted, and that is a great showdown between these two division rivals. Every player made a contribution in the game and the fans were mostly satisfied with what they saw.
In this article, we will rank our best Miami Heat players for the next season. We will write the reason behind choosing the player at the certain position and we will rank them according to their last season performance as well as some factors that could/will affect their performance this season. So let's begin...
#10 - Josh McRoberts, Power Forward Last Year Stats: 4.2 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 1.9 APG
McRoberts appear in only 17 games last season with the Miami Heat before going down due to the season-ending injury. Although he passed the "eye test" as he looked very good and comfortable on the floor, it's still hard to guess whether or not he will have a great season with the Heat in 2016. Furthermore, his role on the team is still unknown as he will be in the rotation with three more power forwards. McRoberts had a solid performance in the preseason game against the Hornets and was mostly notable for his excellent passing skills.
#9 - Mario Chalmers, Point Guard Last Year Stats: 10.2 PPG, 3.8 APG, 2.6 RPG
Despite posting career-high in scoring average last season, it is hard to believe that Mario Chalmers will be any better than the 9th best player on the Heat roster. The reason for that is simple: Goran Dragic. Upon joining the Heat in the mid-February this year, Dragic took Chalmers' starting spot and it resulted in Rio's decrease in minutes and production. It is expected for his minutes to drop even further next season, so it is highly unlikely that he will outplay any player ranked ahead of him.
#8 - Gerald Green, Shooting Guard Last Year Stats: 11.9 PPG, 1.2 APG, 2.5 RPG
Gerald Skywalker Green joined the Miami Heat this summer and is already one of the most favorite and most exciting Heat players to watch next season. Green is well known for rising up high and throwing down flashy, high-flying and rim-rattling dunks, and that is a big reason why fans are so excited to watch him wear the uniform of the South Beach team. Beside scoring from above the rim, the shooting guard can make shots from pretty much everywhere else on the floor and is expected to be a major contributor off the bench next season.
Gerald Green throwing down a beautiful windmill dunk
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#7 - Justise Winslow, Small Forward Last Year Stats: N/A
In an unexpected series of events which happened during the 2015 NBA Draft, Winslow slipped to the 10th spot and the Miami Heat drafted him. He is one of the top prospects of the generation and is a promising player who will most likely turn into an NBA star in the future. It will take some time for the young forward to get adjusted to the NBA and his minutes will probably be limited if the roster is healthy, since the Heat are not very known for giving their rookies a lot of playing time. However, we could still expect some big games from the rookie from time to time as he keeps paving his way to the stardom.
#6 - Amar'e Stoudemire, Power Forward Last Year Stats: 11.5 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 0.6 BPG
Stoudemire appeared in only 59 games last season for the Dallas Mavericks and the New York Knicks, but whenever he played, he played well and efficient. His 11.5 points per game came on the highly-efficient 55.7% shooting from the field and the 32-year old power forward also played solid defense for his teams. STAT is expected to come off the bench as a backup for Chris Bosh and if health serves him well, he could be one of the best bench players in the league.
#5 - Luol Deng, Small Forward Last Year Stats: 14.0 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 1.9 APG
Luol Deng was one of the best and the most consistent Miami Heat players last year. He provided the team with the soft touch from the outside, solid rebounding and good defense. Deng will keep his starting spot next season and his backup will be the rookie Winslow. It is hard to predict his scoring output since the Heat will have many great scorers on the roster, but it is almost certain that Deng will still play solid basketball and have some very good performances.
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#4 - Hassan Whiteside, Center Last Year Stats: 11.8 PPG, 10.0 RPG, 2.6 BPG
Whiteside provided the Miami Heat with a spark last season as he came out of nowhere and took the league by the storm. He quickly became one of the best centers in the league and his inside presence and dominance was unmatched. Whether it was posting team records, blocking shots, getting triple-double or dunking hard on the opponents, Whiteside always found ways to entertain the audience. The reason why he is ranked at only number four is because he played only 48 games last season and 67 games in his career, so it is not certain if he was just a one-hit wonder or he can keep his dominance in the league.
#3 - Goran Dragic, Point Guard Last Year Stats: 16.3 PPG, 4.5 APG, 3.5 RPG
Goran Dragic is one of the most efficient guards in the NBA and he forms one of the best backcourts in the league with his partner Dwyane Wade. The 29-year old Slovenian is capable of playing both guard positions and he excels at either, proving the Heat with both scoring and ball distributing skills. Although he only appeared in 26 games with the Heat, he already built great chemistry with the team and will serve as the floor general in the upcoming season.
#2 - Dwyane Wade, Shooting Guard Last Year Stats: 21.5 PPG, 4.8 APG, 3.5 RPG
The reason why Wade is not ranked at the top is his age and his health. The longtime Miami Heat franchise superstar will turn 34 next season and his knees will most likely be unable to carry the burden of being the first scoring option. The shooting guard lost over 10 pounds in the offseason and it seems that he regained some of the speed and quickness he had before. While there is no doubt that he will be one of the most dominant players in the league, he may not be the best player on his own team. Time will show.
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#1 - Chris Bosh, Power Forward Last Year Stats: 21.1 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 2.2 APG
Chris Bosh had a near-death experience last season as he had serious issues with blood clots which caused him to miss nearly half of the season. When he was on the court, Bosh played very well, causing mismatches for the opposing teams with his versatility and having a couple of 30-point games along the way. With Hassan Whiteside on the team, Bosh will return to his natural power forward position which should further increase his production and he will most likely be the first scoring option for the Heat next season.
What do you think about our player rankings? Would you change any position and if yes, who and why? Thank you for reading and please post your opinion below in the comments section!