Heat at a glance

Updated: October 26, 2004, 12:48 PM ET
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Fantasy tip
Eddie Jones
Triple-threat Jones (2.2 threes per game) becomes even more dangerous with the arrival of the Big Fella.

Suddenly, Shaq's back in the East -- and Miami's the clear-cut favorite in its division.

Why not? Dwyane Wade's a budding superstar who'll adjust his game with the Big Fella in the lane. The jump-shooters, especially Eddie Jones, will get more wide-open looks.

Figure Miami to do some damage. That said, the Heat are one major injury (to You Know Who) away from the lottery.

Roster analysis
The starters: Who's the comp in the East for Shaq? Only Ben Wallace is close.
Pos. Player Comment Grade*
PF Rasual Butler Started 28 games ... two years ago. Not many alternatives 6
SF Udonis Haslem Former undrafted FA brings tons of energy 7
C Shaquille O'Neal A slimmed-down Diesel is just plain scary 10
SG Eddie Jones Just a spot-up shooter now. Just right, with Shaq around 8
PG Dwyane Wade Future All-Star (16.2 ppg, 4.5 apg) could double his dishes 9
BENCH Extra shooters big (Michael Doleac) and small (Wesley Person) float around Shaq. Extra muscle (Malik Allen, Christian Laettner) helps out in the paint. 8
*-out of 10