When the Miami Heat organization signed Chris Andersen to a 10-day Contract on January 20, 2013, they made arguably the most important signing in the Big Three era. Size has always been an issue with this current Heat roster, especially since the “small-ball” philosophy became widespread throughout their playbook.
A need for an energetic, lengthy center was finally met when Andersen stepped into American Airlines Arena.
What Andersen brings to the roster cannot be quantified by stats alone. The constant energy and aggressiveness Andersen brings off the bench gives the Heat a whole new edge when the second unit plays. His stat line from the 2012-2013 season isn’t eye-popping (4.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg, and 1.0 blkpg), but this was from a lack of consistent playing time. Now that he has won a championship with the Heat, he will undoubtedly receive more minutes.
With Andersen receiving more minutes, a larger burden will be placed on him when it comes to defending the rim. Definitely expect a lot more sensational blocks from the 35-year old veteran center.
If there was one area of improvement for the upcoming center, it would have to be his field goal percentage and ppg. Andersen should try and bring his average up to at least 60 percent, which would also brings his ppg average up as well. Andersen needs to become more efficient offensively around the rim.
Chris “Birdman” Andersen should have a dynamic season with the added minutes and responsibility. Watching him play a full season with the Heat will be spectacular.