Posted on: July 11, 2008 12:35 pm
Edited on: July 11, 2008 12:36 pm
The signing of James Jones was a great one for the Miami Heat. Gives us great depth, and an instant three point threat off the bench.
On a team with no real three point shooter, James Jones should be a great addition to the team. I'm already excited about what we can do with him off the bench.
Current Miami Heat Roster:
If we decide to play Haslem at C, here's our probable starting lineup:
PG- Mario Chalmers
SG- Dwyane Wade
SF- Shawn Marion
PF- Michael Beasley
C- Udonis Haslem
I like this lineup because we don't have any major holes here. Sure, Haslem is a true PF, but I would rather have him than Barron or Zo. There are some young players but I think we will be fine as the season goes along and these players mature. Also, head coach Erik Spoelstra is young, so it will be interesting to see him develop that bond with his team. And as of now, we have a solid bench with guys like Jones, Cook, Quinn, Banks and Wright.
After watching Beasley's summer game against the Bulls and Derrick Rose, you have to be excited about this kid as well.
Once again, watch out for the Miami Heat next season. It should be a fun one.
Posted on: July 2, 2008 12:33 am
Edited on: July 2, 2008 12:01 pm
Throughout the course of the NBA season, I've decided to do Rookie Rankings, where I rank the top ten rookies in the NBA. I really have no comments on the rankings, seeing as they have not played yet. However, I will add comments as the season progresses.
So here is the preseason edition:
I will be surprised if Rose does not maintain a top three spot throughout the season. He is a great scorer, solid defender, tenacious competitior, and so much more. The Bulls made the right choice with this pick.
Mayo is solid on both sides of the ball. Not much else to say. The Timberwovles were stupid to trade him. The Grizzlies were lucky to get him. I think the Grizzlies made a very, very good trade, and I highly doubt they will regret it.
With a little improvement on defense, I think Beasley can be one of the elite forwards in the NBA in a couple of years. His ability to score and rebound as well as he does is phenomenal.
Another guy who needs to work on defense, but if he does, he should be a threat to watch out for. You have to love his offensive game. If the Nets had kept Richard Jefferson, they would've been serious contenders.
Seeing as he missed all of last season, Oden is still considered a rookie. All teams should beware of a fit, healthy Oden. I think he has a big chance to catch some other teams off guard with his dominant play. He won't disappoint.
Whether he plays the point or the two-guard, he'll find ways to score. Playing alongisde youngsters such as Greg Oden and Brandon Roy can't hurt... I think Portland made a good trade by getting Bayless, although Rush is no fake.
A solid defender, good scorer, he is a well-balanced player. Although the Sonics could have traded down to get him, I don't think the pick was bad at all. Only time will tell...
Another high scoring guard. He was a huge threat for Indiana in college, and I see him having a successful career in the NBA as well. However, I think he would play better at a different team than the Clippers.
After watching him at Kansas, I can tell you that Rush is going to be a great role player in the NBA. He won't put up many points, but his presence will benefit the Pacers tremendously. He is very balanced, and can play the two or three.
I didn't watch much of Randolph in college, but when I did watch him, I was impressed. On a team already loaded with talent, I can only imagine that Randolph's game will continue to improve.
(I realize that there is a number one next to every player, and I'm not sure why that is... I'll try to fix it.)
Tags: Anthony Randolph, Brandon Roy, Brandon Rush, Brook Lopez, Chicago Bulls, Derrick Rose, Eric Gordon, Golden State Warriors, Greg Oden, Indiana Pacers, Jerryd Bayless, Kansas Jayhawks, Los Angeles Clippers, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat, Michael Beasley, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Jersey Nets, O.J. Mayo, Portland Trailblazers, Richard Jefferson, Russell Westbrook, Seattle Supersonics
Posted on: June 26, 2008 12:57 pm
If Derrick Rose goes first, I say we go for O.J. Mayo with the 2nd overall pick. Call me crazy or whatever, but I don't want to let go of either Shawn Marion or even Udonis Haslem at this point. Haslem does not recieve any credit at all, but he is actually a stud player when healthy. I don't think breaking up the Dwyane Wade/Marion duo would be good either. If we take Mayo, and put him at the point, that's still not bad.
Of course, I would take Rose over Mayo in a heartbeat, but if Rose goes first, I don't want to take Michael Beasley, and then end up trading Haslem/Marion. At this point, I won't complain with either Mayo or Beasley, but if we take Beasley, I don't see us improving as much as if we had taken Mayo.
Posted on: May 19, 2008 6:44 pm
Edited on: May 19, 2008 6:45 pm
This is something I like doing every year because it's fun to look back and see how you did after the year is over...
Now the prospects:
1. Michael Beasley, F, Kansas State
Posted on: May 12, 2008 5:49 pm
Edited on: June 3, 2008 8:43 pm
1. Miami Heat- Derrick Rose, PG, Memphis
2. Seattle SuperSonics- Michael Beasley, SF, Kansas State
A fierce double-double machine that will give you 20 and 10 on an off night. His presence on the Sonics alongside Kevin Durant will make the Sonics a surprise darkhorse team to watch out for next season.
10. New Jersey Nets- Roy Hibbert, C, Georgetown
Rest to come at a later date...
Tags: Anthony Randolph, Bobby Simmons, Brook Lopez, Charlotte Bobcats, Chicago Bulls, Chris Bosh, Chris Quinn, DeAndre Jordan, Derrick Rose, Desmond Mason, Dwight Howard, Dwyane Wade, Emeka Okafor, Eric Gordon, Jamal Crawford, Jerryd Bayless, Kevin Durant, Kevin Love, Los Angeles Clippers, Mark Blount, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat, Michael Beasley, Milwaukee Bucks, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA Draft 2008, New Jersey Nets, New York Knicks, O.J. Mayo, Pau Gasol, Randy Foye, Roy Hibbert, Seattle Supersonics, Shawn Marion, Udonis Haslem
Posted on: April 28, 2008 6:06 pm
Edited on: April 28, 2008 9:43 pm
This year has been bad... real bad. However, this terrible season may be a mixed blessing for the Miami Heat, and here's why: During the course of the season, we learned what our big weaknesses were, and this following year we will be able to improve on those points and possibly once again become playoff contenders.
One of the few good things that came out of this season was our increased chance of landing the number one overall pick, which could be used in many different ways. Let's say we do land the number one pick, we have a lot of options:
In my opinion, I say the best pick would be Derrick Rose. He's got nice skills, he can score, he can defend, he's quick, basically, he's a well-balanced guy who will really help us to score and do some things we can't do right now. If we take Rose, we have a lineup of:
Which is not that bad. Other than center, we have some nice skills at each position. On paper, this team doesn't look so bad. How they play on the court as a team is a whole different story.
Or, if we upgrade at center and take Kevin Love (which wouldn't be too bad):
This lineup is also good. Chris Quinn has shown flashes of talent... whether he can lead this team for 82 games is questionable, though. Kevin Love is talented enough to play in the NBA as well...
With either of these lineups, I think we have a good chance of skipping the rebuilding process and once again become playoff contenders.
So all in all, with combined success in the draft and in free agency, I think we have a chance to once again dominate our opponents and bring another title to Miami... (okay, maybe not)
Posted on: April 7, 2008 5:57 pm
Just for the record...
Kansas 81, Memphis 72 is my projected score...