The Miami Heat are in first place in the Eastern Conference, with a 32-17 record, but how successful would they be in the playoffs? Can this team make more noise than anticipated? In my humble opinion, I don’t think they have enough to win. A team that has two stars in its ranks, of a medium level such as Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo, and then the rest are complementary players. The problem to me doesn’t seem to be the players that complement the team like, Tyler Herro, who at this moment would be winning the Sixth Man of the Year in the league, or PJ Tucker who has the best average 3-point average in the league, or even Duncan Robinson along with Max Struss who I think are excellent pieces for this team, the problem for me relies on their two stars.
Jimmy Butler averages 21 points 6 assists and 6 rebounds per game, although that average is not bad at all, he doesn’t seem like enough of a star to me, to be the best player on a team with aspirations to win it all. Once again, he seems to be an excellent player, for me one of the best investments the team has made in its history, but unfortunately, he is not a top player, he is not a Kevin Durant, a Steph Curry, or a Lebron James, he is not even among the best ten basketball players in the NBA. He is not a reliable player with his shot, but rather a contact first player, and to win, I think you need a star who can grab points whenever he wants.
In a similar situation is, Bam Adebayo, it seems to me that in a few years Bam will be among the best ten players in the world but in a few years. Right now, I see him as the third-best player on a team with championship aspirations. Like Butler, he is not a player who can score when he pleases, he is an excellent rebounder, defender, a player who has good speed for his size, as I said before in a few years, if he continues to improve, he will be among the best, but right now he’s not.
Although, and here comes the most interesting part, if somehow, we were to get another star of the stature of these two, we would surely be the favorites in my opinion to win it all, but so far, I see that as difficult. Can the Miami Heat, led by the best NBA coach Erick Spoelstra win the championship this year? I doubt it. Could it happen? Yes, but it would be a surprise for everyone, but even more so for me.