Who Should Start for the Miami Heat in 2013?

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With most of the roster remaining intact from their second-consecutive championship, the Miami Heat now have to focus on what lineups will be the most effective against potential opponents heading into the 2013-14 season. The regular season is the time for the Heat to utilize the small-ball lineup. This set has gotten them a 27-game win streak, and first place in the entire Eastern Conference last season. The postseason is the time for the Heat to implement a larger lineup, usually one featuring a prototypical center.

It is a no-brainer that LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh will be starters. What positions they play will determine how well they perform throughout the regular season, though. According to Ethan Skolnick of Bleacher Report, the lineup of Mario Chalmers, Ray Allen, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh posts the highest net rating of all twelve most frequently used lineups by the Heat.

“In 86 minutes, it has posted the highest net rating (35.6) of any of the 12 most-used Miami Heat lineups,” Skolnick write. “It has the best assist percentage, the best assist-to-turnover ratio and, by far, the best shooting percentages. 58.3 percent from the field. That’s 53.8 percent from three-point range. That’s an effective field-goal percentage of 65.6. That all equates to an offensive rating of 131.0. That’s been too much for many opponents — and it has been defensively sound as well. That lineup spaces the floor while Wade and James run the wings, and it has been especially deadly in tight games and at home, where the net rating is 39.9.”

The Heat can overwhelm opponents offensively with this lineup, and defensively hold their own throughout the regular season. Heading into the postseason, though, they might want to consider giving Chris Andersen or even project-center Greg Oden more minutes to combat the larger teams they will most likely face in the Eastern Conference playoffs. If the Heat can manage to keep the aforementioned starting lineup healthy, they could manage to snag first place in their conference for a second-straight year.

 

Jared Doyle is a Miami Heat writer for RantSports.com.

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  • Truth928

    The Heat should trade for Jimmer Fredette …

    Video tape does not lie…. Go to
    you tube and watch —
    this dude is the stone cold goods…
    Fredette electrified arenas all over the country (albeit for only a quarter or less a game as his degenerate coach would immediately bench him) against the Kncks, T wolves,
    Spurs, Celtics, Bucks , Lakers, Sixers, Magic, Bulls, Suns etc…. 10, 12 ,15
    points in a quarter with Nash-like assists and dazzling drives around 2 and 3 defenders and deep threes…He does it all . A Great penetrator, Great passer and a Great
    shooter and a team first player=== it is unbelievable when someone is actually
    doing everything right before their eyes and people still dont believe it….

    If Fredette were allowed to play most of the game and keep his rhythm – he would avg 25 pts , 7 or 8 assists and his team would win….He also would have a few BYU nights with 40 and 50 points…SOMEBODY is gonna figure that out….
    AT one point in mid-season Jimmer Fredette was #1 in the NBA in scoring per minute for
    PGs…You think he might have earned a start or 30 minutes of playing

    time…”smart” hit him with some dnps

    Last year,Jimmer lit up the Los Angeles Lakers for 18 points in just under 11 minutes. Later in the season, he would drop 14 points ( including an intentionally missed free throw)in just over nine incredible minutes
    against the Milwaukee Bucks.

    In the 2012-13 season, only four players in the league scored 14 or more points while
    playing less than 12 minutes in a game. Jimmer Fredette was the only player in
    the league to pull off the feat twice.