4. How many NBA titles will Heat win?

Originally Published: August 20, 2010
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ESPN.comThe majority of our 93 panelists foresee quite a few championship parades in the Miami Heat's future.

We asked our 93 NBA panelists how many titles they expect the Heat to win over the next six seasons. Check out the results in the pie chart above.

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


4. How many NBA titles will the Heat win during the next six seasons?



Kevin Arnovitz, TrueHoop: Three.

Though they're likely to be the odds-on favorite entering the season for the foreseeable future, even a 1:1 morning line means they're unlikely to top three over six seasons.


Dan Feldman, Piston Powered: Two.

Two titles in six years is pretty impressive, but that might mean this group is judged a failure. I don't think that would be fair.


Brett Hainline, Queen City Hoops: Two.

The Heat need: time to jell, another offseason to add talent (hello, exceptions), and no injuries to the Miami Thrice (chill out, Dwyane Wade). Oh, and they don't need a lockout robbing them of a season.


Spencer Hall, Salt City Hoops: One.

It seems unimaginable that LeBron could finish his career without winning a title, but I don't foresee a dynasty. Talent will probably bring at least one championship trophy to South Beach, but no more.


Rahat Huq, Red94: Three.

I'll go with three just because I don't feel Wade has many more elite years left in his body at his size and with his playing style.

More importantly, my selection of three titles in six years is probably on the conservative end, which speaks volumes to the absurdity of this amassment of talent.


Bret LaGree, Hoopinion: Three.

If healthy, they'll be the preseason favorite every year. But the rest of the league isn't going to concede. And until there's a new CBA, we won't know how well (or if) the team will be able to make future adjustments to its roster.


Rasheed Malek, Warriors World: Three.

The Heat will win three titles, but only after Kobe Bryant and the Lakers win the next two. The Lakers are a better team right now with the additions they've made and the chemistry they've built since Pau Gasol's arrival.


Matt McHale, By The Horns: One or two championships seems realistic ... although we haven't seen these guys actually play together yet. Wilt, West and Baylor never won a title together. Ditto for Shaq, Kobe, Malone and Payton. I'm just sayin'.


Benjamin Polk, A Wolf Among Wolves: Two.

I'm tempted to be grumpy and say zero, but that's just not realistic. As long as Phil Jackson exists, though -- I don't even care if he's coaching or living in a yurt in Montana, his witchy ghost will haunt the league either way -- it will be hard for anybody to win more than two.


Ryan Schwan, Hornets247: Three.

I can see a three-peat on the way, sure.


Michael Schwartz, Valley Of The Suns: Three.

NBA titles seem to go in threes. The Heat will follow a Lakers three-peat with three straight of their own before a new superpower knocks them off.


Zarar Siddiqi, Raptors Republic: Zero.

Chris Bosh's bum knee will cause him to miss games, and there will always be better teams, even though they might not have stars.


Carey Smith, Philadunkia: One.

Only if Kobe retires in the next six years.


Timothy Varner, 48 Minutes of Hell: Four.

The Miami Heat have entered their J. Alfred Prufrock phase, measuring each successive year with what will become their impossibly pedestrian championship run.


Jeremy Wagner, Roundball Mining Company: Two.

Someone, somewhere will rise up to challenge these guys, although that team will not feature a frontcourt of Amare Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony. It probably will feature Kevin Durant.


Kyle Weidie, Truth About It: Probably zero.

That whole Mayan calendar thing will ruin it for them. That is, unless Pat Riley really does become Al Pacino in "The Devil's Advocate" and uses his evil powers to stop the end of the world, and by that I mean, take over as head coach. Then, Miami wins at least two titles.


Royce Young, Daily Thunder: One.

Talent alone is never enough to win. And while the Heat definitely have more of it than anyone else, it will take complementary pieces and the perfect storm for it to happen. Just like with any championship in any sport.

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