While the summer of 2010 laid the foundations of a possibly historic dynasty by bringing together LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade, the summer of 2014 has completely laid all that ruins as James opted to return back to the Cleveland with the Cavaliers.
Just that one player movement within the open market has completely shattered the championship hopes of an entire city. Who new one man could hold so much power?
Actually, on second thought, we all did. That’s exactly what happened to Cleveland back then. They went from owning the best record in the NBA, to playing the lottery ping-pong balls to try and win the No.1 overall pick after the ensuing season.
While it’s unlikely the Miami Heat, will experience quite the same downward spiral. They will still have some bumps and bruises. Here are four bold predictions for the 2014-15 season.
Chris Bosh will average 22 point per game, while Wade puts up 20.
With LeBron now out of town and Dwyane Wade’s health seemingly in rapid decline, Bosh will likely have a lot more touches than he’s had the past three seasons. As a result, he will be expected to be the number option on offense, just as he was in Toronto.
And if his time as a Raptor is any indication of what’s to come, Miami fans maybe end up and being thankful for his astonishing $118million contract. Plus, he has more to his repertoire now including a lethal stroke from 3point range so we will be expecting a little more.
Ultimately, next season Bosh will step up and provide big-time scoring with at least 22points per contest.
As For Dwyane Wade, the way he quickly faded will worry most heat fans, but I think he can manage to conjure up at least 20 points per game and be active for at least 65 of the regular season's 82.
Shabazz Napier will Struggle
LeBron James lobbied and lobbied for Shabazz Napier in the build up to the 2014 NBA Draft. So much so that Pat Riley traded up to get the UConn Alum.
However, from the first action we’ve seen during Summer League, he will struggle… big time.
Napier averaged 9.2 points on 27.3 percent shooting to go along with 3.0 rebounds and 4.6 assists in Orlando. Then he went on to put up 10.3 points on 27.7 percent shooting in Vegas, chipping in 1.3 rebounds and 2.8 dimes. That‘s not what heat fans (or staff were expecting and it’ll only get harder.
Miami Heat will get knocked out of second round
Pat Riley may sound somewhat delusional for saying Miami could still challenge, but may he is right. He managed to sign the highly rated Luol Deng to a two-year deal worth $20 million, in addition to bringing on Danny Granger and Josh McRoberts.
Those are are solid players that could contribute in a big way for the Heat.
However, I don't see them them being able to pass through the second round of the NBA Playoffs... Even in the weak Eastern Conference.