With preseason winding down, most NBA teams have brought their initial 20-man training camp rosters down to the maximum 15 players in order to prepare for the regular season. The Miami Heat are no different. The final spot is up for grabs between Roger Mason, Larry Drew II, Charlie Westbrook, Justin Hamilton, and Jarvis Varnado.
The player to most likely grab this final spot is none other than Roger Mason Jr. Not only has he seen much more significant playing time in the preseason compared to some of the rookies on the roster, but he has also shown Erik Spoelstra how great of an addition he can be to the second unit offensively. In his fourth preseason appearance against the Washington Wizards, Mason received 27 minutes in the game and was the top performer, racking up 13 points, seven rebounds and one assist. These are great numbers for a potential role player, especially one that will be backing up the guard position.
Although Mason’s defense is lacking, Spoelstra will have to play him in a lineup that features other defensively stout wings or forwards, such as LeBron James, Dwyane Wade or Chris Andersen. It will look very similar to the lineups Spoelstra uses when he puts Ray Allen on the floor. Allen may have lost a step or two, like Mason, but because of his offensive talents, he more than makes up for his lack of defense on the court.
Once the Heat officially sign Mason to the final 15-man roster, the defending champs will be touting (on paper at least) one of the deepest benches in the league. The Heat will need all the help they can get.
Jared Doyle is a Miami Heat writer for RantSports.com.
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