Tag:Earl Barron
Posted on: July 11, 2008 12:35 pm
Edited on: July 11, 2008 12:36 pm
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2009 Miami Heat just got better with James Jones

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:

Point Guards


Mario Chalmers
Chris Quinn
Marcus Banks

Shooting Guards


Dwyane Wade
Daequan Cook

Small Forwards

Shawn Marion
James Jones
Dorell Wright

Power Forwards

Michael Beasley
Mark Blount

Centers

Udonis Haslem
Earl Barron
Alonzo Mourning

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: June 27, 2008 1:21 pm
Edited on: June 27, 2008 2:11 pm
 

Miami Heat: Grades, Thoughts after the Draft

After looking at the two players Miami got through yesterday's draft, I am actually quite thrilled.

Michael Beasley, PF, KSU:

I've decided to give Beasley a chance, although he was not the guy I wanted to see on the Heat originally. However, I think a young rebounder/scorer can really help us. With improvement on his defense, I think he can make some noise, especially being mentored by Shawn Marion, a similar player that can help Beasley tremendously with his defense. I love Beasley's rebounding skills, I cannot deny that. I also love his ability to score. If he improves his work ethic and defense, I think he can prove some doubters such as myself, wrong.

Grade: A

Mario Chalmers, PG, KU:

This trade was a very good one. We needed a defensive point guard, and we got one. I think there is a very good chance that Chalmers begins the season as a starter. There are lots of things Chalmers needs to work on, but some things I like about him are his clutch play, his lockdown defense, his ability to steal the ball, and just pressure the opponents. He is small no doubt, but that won't make me regret this trade to land Chalmers. Also, it doesn't hurt that Chalmers was my favorite Kansas Jayhawk!!!

Grade: A+

After the Philadelphia Eagles blew their draft, this draft was definitely a breath of fresh air. Next year's team will be very dangerous if both Beasley and Chalmers play up to their potential. There is a very high chance now that Haslem goes, but to where, I do not know... unless we choose to keep him and play him at center, which could possibly work, although Haslem is a true PF.

Miami Heat Depth Chart

Point Guards

Mario Chalmers
Chris Quinn
Marcus Banks

Harst's Thoughts: Solid group of young guys that all have tremendous upside. Quinn was impressive late last season, Banks has a lot of potential, and of course Chalmers is great defensively, and very clutch as well. Underrated group here that will make some noise.
Grade: A

Shooting Guards

Dwyane Wade
Daequan Cook

Harst's Thoughts: Dwyane Wade is of course the leader of the team, but injury-prone. Cook has shown he is a capable backup. I think Cook can be a great role player in this league.
Grade: B+

Small Forwards

Shawn Marion
Ricky Davis
Dorell Wright

Harst's Thoughts: Shawn Marion is the only player in this group that can do anything, but if needed, Davis is not half bad, although he needs to do more than just score. I'm not Wright's biggest fan, let's leave it at that. 
Grade: B

Power Forwards

Udonis Haslem
Michael Beasley
Mark Blount

Harst's Thoughts: I love this group, although it will probably look different soon. Haslem is very good on both sides of the ball, Beasley is a monster on the boards and on offense, and Blount is not as bad as people make him seem. He can actually shoot the ball when called upon.
Grade: A+

Centers

Earl Barron
Alonzo Mourning

Harst's Thoughts: Zo is not the Zo of his prime, and Earl Barron isn't good for much more than 5 points and 5 boards...
Grade: F

Recap:

I truly think the Heat could make some noise with the pieces we have set in place right now. Other than center, I think we have strong depth at every position. An upgrade at center could really mean possible playoff contenders for the Heat next season.

Let's go HEAT!
Posted on: June 26, 2008 12:57 pm
 

Miami Heat Draft Thoughts

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.

PG- O.J. Mayo
SG- Dwyane Wade
SF- Shawn Marion
PF- Udonis Haslem
C- Earl Barron

I wouldn't complain about this lineup. I definitely like the young backcourt of Mayo and D-Wade, and I also really like the frontcourt of Marion/Haslem. Of course, Barron isn't the greatest center in the world, but you won't hear me complaining. If we keep Haslem, Barron can get the job done. If we let go of Haslem, then we will need an upgrade at center to show Beasley the ropes.

Anyway, here are the guys I think the Heat should take in order of preference:

1. Derrick Rose, MEMPHIS
2. O.J. Mayo, USC
3. Michael Beasley, KSU

After the draft, I will break down the team more and make some early predictions as to how this team will fare in the upcoming season.

Posted on: April 28, 2008 6:06 pm
Edited on: April 28, 2008 9:43 pm
 

Miami Heat: Looking to next season

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:

  • Derrick Rose
  • Michael Beasley
  • Kevin Love
  • Jerryd Bayless
  • Eric Gordon
  • O.J. Mayo
  • Brook Lopez

And more...

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:

PG Derrick Rose/Chris Quinn
SG Dwyane Wade
SF Shawn Marion
PF Udonis Haslem
C Earl Barron/Alonzo Mourning

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):

PG Chris Quinn
SG Dwyane Wade
SF Shawn Marion
PF Udonis Haslem
C Kevin Love

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)

 
 
 
 
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