Will Rashard Lewis Play A Bigger Role For The Miami Heat?

By Shane Phillips
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Rashard Lewis was once a prominent figure in the NBA, and considered some of the top talent in the league, however, that was when the Seattle Super Sonics still existed. His awkward, behind the head shot paired with his size and ability to spot up from 3-point range made him a nightmare to guard.

Ray Allen and Lewis made a great duo while in Seattle, and Lewis later went on to play alongside Dwight Howard with the Orlando Magic.

I am a huge advocate of Lewis and his skill set. He is arguably one of the top 50 players over the last 15 years. It is mind boggling how such an unorthodox and ugly release can produce such significant numbers.

For his career, Lewis has averaged 15.5 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. He has shot 45 percent from the field and 38 percent from behind the arc. It is even more impressive that he is 6-foot-10, plays the power forward position, and shoots like a guard.

But it has been a few years since Lewis played at a dominant level. The 15 year veteran has suffered knee problems including arthritis, and has undergone some treatments since joining the Miami Heat in 2012. Now, the team and Lewis say that he is the healthiest he has been in a while.

This could be the second coming for the two-time All-Star, who obviously has the skill to be a solid contributor. Miami waived Mike Miller at the beginning of the offseason, and this is a great opportunity for Lewis to fill the void. His jump shooting ability and post skills make him a snug fit for the Heats’ offense.

If the big man can stay in shape and healthy, he could play significant minutes for the defending champs, and not find himself buried on the bench. His style of play fits well with the pick and roll or pick and pop. His shooting ability can open the lane for LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.

We have seen former stars and old veterans shine in South Beach. Shane Battier, Miller and Allen all have seen great success in their later years. Now, it is Lewis’s turn to go back in time and give the Heat another weapon.

Shane Phillips is a Miami Heat Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Smphil01, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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