NBA Fantasy Basketball Draft News 10-18-2015
Miami Heat is Hoping That Their Experience Can Lead the Team Back to the Playoffs
The Miami Heat concluded play last season with a record of 37-45 and missed the playoffs. They were a game behind the eighth place finisher in the Eastern Conference the Brooklyn Nets. It was their first year of play after LeBron James decided to return to Cleveland. Heading into last season many had pegged the Miami Heat with enough talent to make the playoffs. A team with Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade certainly should have been enough to carry the team into a playoff berth in a weak Eastern conference. But the Heat was struck with major concern to the health of their impact big man Chris Bosh. He was forced to miss the final 38 regular season games as he was struck with blood clots in his lungs that required extensive medical care. It was enough to force him to miss the remainder of the 2014-15 campaign. The good news is that Bosh is healthy and expected to be ready at 100% for the start of the regular season.
Miami Heat PG:
The 29 year old point guard was acquired from Phoenix last year and played in 52 games for the Heat. In 33 minutes a contest he shot .50% from the field and averaged 16 points with four assists. Expect those assists totals to go up now that Chris Bosh will be playing side by side with him for a full season. It was just two seasons ago where Dragic averaged 20 points and six assists per game in his time with the Phoenix Suns.
Miami Heat SG:
Wade is a tough choice on NBA one day fantasy league rosters because his name will always appear on injury reports questioning his status for upcoming games. He is 33 years old and has played 12 years in the league. Last year he averaged nearly 32 minutes a game and shot 47% from the floor with 21.5 points per game tally. His three point shooting had digressed which is a sign his aging and what his lack of health has done to his body. You have to respect his points per game average but he contributed with 3 ½ boards and nearly five assists per game. Just be careful on back to back nights with Wade as the Heat coaching staff may look to reduce his minutes in those spots.
Miami Heat PF:
This is Chris Bosh’ team now and has experience as the floor leader dating back to his days with the Toronto Raptors. Before his illness he contributed with 21 points and 7 rebounds per game average in his 44 games a season ago. He shot 46% from the floor and space opened up for Bosh in the paint now that LeBron is gone.
Miami Heat SF:
A 30 year old with 11 years of experience in the league Deng is coming off his first season in Miami by hitting on 47% of shots and averaging 14 points and five rebounds per game. Deng shooting percentage was his best in seven seasons. At 35% from the three point line it was still over Deng’s career mark. The benefit of having Deng on the court with Bosh is that the shooting forward can hit shots from the outside which allows Bosh more room to operate down low.
Miami Heat C:
Whiteside is in his third year and was one of the NBA’s biggest surprises last season. He was an NBA fantasy darling who came rather cheaply in one day leagues and produced big numbers. Last year was his first with the Heat and Whiteside averaged nearly 12 points and 11 rebounds per game with 2 ½ blocked shots.