Published on: 15th October, 2009
2009 Miami Heat Season Preview by Vernon Croy
The NBA season is almost here and fans of the Miami Heat are hoping for a return to glory. They’re only a few years removed from an NBA championship, but a lot has changed. About the only thing that remains in tact is Dwayne Wade. While D. Wade is an unstoppable player most of the time, will he be enough to take on the rest of the league by himself? Did the Heat do enough to get over the hump this season and compete with the big dogs in the East? Let’s take a look at these Free NBA Basketball Picks for the 2009 season.
About the only move that the Heat made in the offseason was picking up Quentin Richardson. While he’s a decent player, he’s not about to push anyone over the hump by himself. He should add some depth in the backcourt, but it will be up to the rest of the team to get them to where they want to go.
They’re banking most of their hopes for this season rest on the improvement of their existing players. Although this has worked before, there are no guarantees that it will work. There are a lot of personal improvements that will be necessary if they’re going to compete with the rest of the Eastern Conference.
One of the players that they’ll be counting on to mature is Michael Beasley. Beasley was one of the most dominant players in college basketball two years ago. He put the rest of the Big 12 to shame in his short time in Kansas St. He was their leading scorer and rebounder and came into the league with high expectations. However, his first year left a lot to be desired. His play was a little less than what they expected and his personal life was full of issues as well. If he can play up to his potential or close to it, the Miami Heat will be a lot better off because of it.
Another good young player that they’ll be expecting a lot out of this year is Mario Chalmers. He started at point guard for the Heat in his rookie season last year, which represents no small feat in the NBA. He put up 10 points per game to go along with 4.9 assists and 2 steals per game. These are pretty solid numbers for a rookie point guard. If he can improve on last season (and he should) it will help the Heat out a lot.
Jermaine O’Neal is another player that they’ll be relying on heavily this year. If he can regain his All-Star form or at least stay healthy, it will be huge for the Heat. When healthy, O’Neal still has the ability to be one of the best centers in the league.
Besides all of the young guys and role players, they still have one of the most dominant players in the league in Dwayne Wade. D. Wade returned to MVP-caliber play last season and didn’t show any signs of slowing down. He is an unstoppable force when he gets going and this year should be no different.
If all of these things come together as the Heat hope they will, they’ll be a competitive team in the Eastern Conference again.
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