Predicted Finish For Miami Heat: 2010-11
ANALYST COMMENT PREDICTIONS
J.A. Adande, ESPN.com | Adande's picksRash of preseason injuries a good reminder that this won't happen instantly for them. It took two years when Shaq arrived and it will take two years for this group's ascent to greatness.
Chris Broussard, ESPN Mag | Broussard's picksIt may take a few weeks to work out the kinks, but once the Heat get rolling, it's on. Dwyane Wade will lead them in scoring and Chris Bosh may even score more than LeBron James. But LeBron will bring it all together by playing like a PG and averaging a near triple-double. Heat D will be wicked.
Chad Ford, ESPN.com | Ford's picksAll of the concerns about chemistry are going to disappear in a few weeks. The most surprising thing is the depth the team managed to piece together -- the Heat will have a weakness in the middle, but their strength everywhere else gives them a terrific shot at winning it all.
Zach Harper, Daily Dime Live | Harper's picksHate the team for creating its super trio. Hate LeBron James for his decisions this summer. Hate Chris Bosh for wanting to be the best third option in the league. Just don't let the hate keep you from watching this team. Heat basketball is must-see every single game.
John Hollinger, ESPN.com | Hollinger's picksYes, the Heat still have to prove it on the court. On paper, however, this appears to be one of the best teams ever assembled. If the Big Three of James, Wade and Bosh stay healthy, the only team that can beat them is the one in the mirror.
Tim Legler, ESPN | Legler's picksChris Bosh and Dwyane Wade have been banged up the past few years. There will be times when only one or two of the big three are healthy. They have three guys who can all carry the offense. They have all the offense you need. Now it's a matter of whether they will be good enough defensively.
Chris Sheridan, ESPN.com | Sheridan's picksApologies to Jeff Van Gundy, but I see 66 wins as their max. In a playoff matchup with Boston, I'll pick the C's. Q: When was the last time LeBron led his team to a major win? Don't say the 2008 Olympics, because he disappeared in the fourth quarter against Spain. A better choice would be 2006: Game 5 against Detroit.
Marc Stein, ESPN.com | Stein's picksAny issues that the SuperFriends have dealing with opposition size should be mitigated by the fact that the Heat will be ridiculously hard to guard ... at least until they have to deal with the Lakers in the Finals. They have to be the East favorites, crowded as the conference is at the top.
Michael Wallace, ESPN.com | Wallace's picksThe Heat made championship moves with free-agency additions of reigning two-time MVP LeBron James and five-time All-Star Chris Bosh to join catalyst Dwyane Wade in South Florida. Miami celebrated that summer coup as if it won a title in July. Anything less than a Finals berth is a failure.
Brian Windhorst, ESPN.com | Windhorst's picksTheir margin of error most nights will be large because they have three stars who can win games by themselves. Growing pains or not, they should pile up a large win total. But the uncertainty at center, plus unfamiliarity with stars' roles does leave them with a weak spot or two, just to make things interesting.
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