There are two things that the Miami Heat covet the most: spacing the floor and versatility. Josh Harrellson is a three-point shooting center.
Does not that encompass the very principles that Coach Erik Spoelstra and the Heat thrive upon?
Signing Harrellson is an under-the-radar move that the Heat have managed to make and it will seriously improve their depth. It may even give them another perimeter option.
Don’t expect Harrelson to be some type of sharpshooter, but do remember how surprising and assisting Chris Bosh was when he started draining threes. It was Game 7 in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics when Bosh went for three-of-four from beyond the three-point arc. Get over the wonderment of it and pay attention to how it influenced the game.
A spark like that from an irrelevant source, at least in that right, can do wonders for a team’s confidence in an airtight situation like the ECF presented. Harrellson is not a player of the same caliber as Bosh, nor will he be as influential.
However, the fact that Harrellson has multiple facets of his game that the Heat specifically look for in players in their position-less game plan works in his favor. As opposed to the likes of Joel Anthony or Dexter Pittman, Harrellson is a player that is both offensively and defensively capable.
Not only that, but his effort is immaculate. Watching him at Kentucky and how he grew as a player only provides plenty reason that he will do nothing but cultivate under Bosh’s wing.
Signing Harrellson may not seem like a huge move for the Heat’s title run, but deep into the season and possibly the postseason, ignoring the addition will become a huge mistake.