The Miami Heat won their second successive NBA title last season after a thrilling 4-3 series win over the San Antonio Spurs.
This season they are targeting yet another title which would secure them the illusive third straight title, more commonly known as the “three-peat”.
However, it will be tougher than ever for the Heat this year as many teams around them have made stellar additions to their rosters, while Miami has failed to make any significant improvements to theirs.
Erik Spoelstra has added just one player so far in the off-season and with Miami choosing to waive Mike Miller, it appears the Heat could actually be weaker next season, especially with players such as Dwyane Wade, Ray Allen and Chris Andersen all advancing in years.
Many have said Wade has past his best after a disappointing campaign last season and only he can prove that’s an inaccurate statement. However, the Heat still have their main man LeBron James and he could come back even stronger next season after winning yet another MVP.
The heat have, however, recruited free agent Greg Oden who could really add some strength in defence for the team who finished the previous season last in rebounding.
There are many claims that Chris Bosh massively under-performed last season and if he can find his form during the upcoming season then the Heat will have a very good shot at winning the title.
The Heat will face their biggest challenge year next season as other high end teams have made impressive additions to their teams which could push them towards a title. In the Eastern conference, last year’s conference runners up, the Indiana Pacers have added Luis Scola, C.J Watson and Chris Copeland to come off the bench in addition to the return of forward Danny Granger which will give them a huge boost.
The team came close to making the finals last year and these additions could push them to become the no.1 team in the East and a possible title. The Brooklyn Nets have also impressed by adding former Celtics trio Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry to complete what will be a very strong starting five for Brooklyn.
However the players signed only have a few years left so if the Nets are to win a title it will have to be soon. The Chicago Bulls, who the Heat defeated in the second round of last season’s playoffs, will be a much stronger with the return of their MVP point guard Derrick Rose. Rose missed the whole of last season due to injury and will be keen to make an impact straight away, especially as many criticised him for the length of time it took him to return.
In the Western conference the San Antonio Spurs will be looking for similar success o last season but it won’t be easy as their big three are really advancing in years. However, they have shown they can still play at the top level and if Kawahi Leonard can continue to improve as a player then the Spurs will have a great shot at making another finals series.
The Rockets will be a strong force with the addition of Dwight Howard and there will also be strong challenges from the Los Angeles Clippers, who managed to keep star point guard Chris Paul and the Golden State Warriors who have also done well this off-season with the signing of Andre Iguadala.
The Oklahoma City Thunder will of course be a challenge with players such as Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka surely coming into the next season stronger than the last.
This season will be extremely tough for the Heat with the departure of Mike Miller. Also with the improvements of their nearest challengers, Miami will have to be at their best if they are to retain their two titles and achieve the three-peat.
However, if they are able to add big man Greg Oden to their Roster and the players who underperformed last season can make an improvement then the Heat will have a solid chance of winning their third successive title.
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