3. Most games Miami Heat will win?

Originally Published: August 20, 2010
ESPN.com

ESPN.comOf our 93 panelists, only four percent think the Heat will break the '95-96 Bulls' record for most wins.

We asked our 93 NBA panelists: What's the most games they expect the Heat to win in a single season over the next six seasons? Check out the results in the pie chart above.

Below, the TrueHoop Network has chimed in with their thoughts.


What is the most games the Heat will win in a single season during the next six seasons?

-- 0-49
-- 50-59
-- 60-64
-- 65-69
-- 70-72
-- 73 or more

Kevin Arnovitz, TrueHoop: 65-69.

Not record-breaking, but a healthy sum. The Heat are likely to be far enough ahead of the field late in the season to have the luxury to rest the big guns, something that might cost them a win or two.


Dan Feldman, Piston Powered: 65-69.

The Heat are talented enough to reach the high 60s, but they don't have the discipline necessary every night to hit 70.


Brett Hainline, Queen City Hoops: 65-69.

70 wins has been eclipsed only once -- I'm just playing the odds.


Spencer Hall, Salt City Hoops: 60-64.

The Heat will certainly have several 60-win seasons, but 72 wins won't happen. The target is firmly attached, and road arenas will be packed with hostile crowds. There is also low probability that all three will remain healthy, considering their histories. Talent will carry them far, but 72-win seasons require a special mentality that I don't see in this team.


Rahat Huq, Red94: 73 or more.

Considering I've been predicting 82-0 seasons for the Houston Rockets for the past seven years, I feel comfortable with a ''73 or more'' choice here.


Bret LaGree, Hoopinion: 65-69.

This team will be judged in the present and by history on the number of NBA championships it wins. Unless winning those rings begins to bore them, I doubt they'll devote their energy to staging a run at the single-season wins record.


Rasheed Malek, Warriors World: 60-64 wins sounds about right.

Playing in the Eastern Conference benefits them greatly. Toughest part of their schedule will be back-to-back games on the road and the Texas trip.


Matt McHale, By The Horns: I think that 70-72 and even 73 or more are both possible.

But Wade, LeBron and Bosh would have to wear themselves down playing a lot of minutes to make it happen. I think titles are more important to them (and Riley) than regular-season win records. But I could be wrong.


Benjamin Polk, A Wolf Among Wolves: 65-69.

If they really mesh on both ends of the floor and make destroying the entire league during the regular season their first priority, they could win 70. But I think the season is too long and hard, the rest of the league is too good, and the Heat are too measured and shrewd for that to happen.


Ryan Schwan, Hornets247: 65-69.

It is unlikely that this team will be able to rely on a monster rebounder when shots aren't falling or a dominant interior defense to slow things down. And two of the three guys have a history of missing at least 10-20 games per season.


Michael Schwartz, Valley Of The Suns: 65-69.

You need a killer on the level of Jordan to surpass this and to will victories on nights your team just doesn't have it.


Zarar Siddiqi, Raptors Republic: 60-64.

Regular-season success will be easy.


Carey Smith, Philadunkia: 60-64.

The grind of having a giant bull's-eye on their backs and thus getting everyone's A-game on a nightly basis will have an impact and keep them from the promised land of 70 wins.


Timothy Varner, 48 Minutes of Hell: 73 or more. The Heat will only get better as they add MLE quality players to their roster. Assuming, of course, there is such a thing as the MLE this time next year.


Jeremy Wagner, Roundball Mining Company: 65-69.

What are the chances they get bored with the regular season? Probably equal to the chances Blake Griffin gets injured, the Pacers end up being wildly mediocre and David Kahn does something that makes us all scratch our heads.


Kyle Weidie, Truth About It: They may get to 70, but they won't top the '95-96 Bulls.

Quietly, a lot of teams/players are perturbed by the Miami super team ... the Heat will have a bigger target on their back than the NBA champs.


Royce Young, Daily Thunder: 65-69.

The great 1995-96 Bulls team that won 72 was structured around ideal identification of roles and responsibilities. Chris Bosh is saying things like "whoever is hottest" will take the last shot in a close game. There will be some identity issues to overcome for this team to reach true greatness.

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