5 Reasons Why Miami Heat Will Win 2013-14 NBA Title
Miami Heat Three-Peat All But Locked Up
There really is no surprise that the Miami Heat are favored to win this year’s NBA Finals. They’ve won the last two, they have the best player in the basketball universe and they’ve added necessary pieces to their roster in the offseason.
Miami is currently 12/5 odds to win the Finals, according to sportsbook.com. The next closest team by odds is the Oklahoma City Thunder at 7/1. In addition, 75.9 percent of general managers in the NBA selected the Heat to win this year’s NBA title. That in itself shows how favored Miami is to secure another title this season.
The Heat will attempt to become the first NBA franchise to win three-straight titles since the Los Angeles Lakers did it from 2000-02, and just the fourth franchise to ever accomplish the feat. Miami surely has the personnel throughout the franchise to make league history this season.
Over the last three playoffs, dating back to LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh’s first season together in Miami, the Heat have been dominant. Even with a Finals loss to the Dallas Mavericks in 2011, Miami has a combined record of 46-21.
I really don’t see any team knocking off the Heat to take away their chance at a three-peat. No team around the NBA did enough to increase their chances of defeating the reigning NBA champs. Miami’s only threat, if you want to call it that, are the Chicago Bulls who are welcoming Derrick Rose back from injury. Still, Chicago will need a whole lot more than him to take down the Heat.
5. Toughest Road Already Taken
How much more difficult could a road to an NBA Finals championship be than the route Miami took last season? The Heat nearly lost in the Finals, if it weren’t for Ray Allen’s heroics (more on him later). Allen hit one of the most majestic shots in NBA history with five seconds left to send Game 6 into overtime. And it was the best defensive team, the San Antonio Spurs, that allowed it to happen. If the Heat dodged that ominous bullet on its way to a second-consecutive title, then what could possible stand in Miami’s way this year?
4. The Always Clutch Ray Allen
As exemplified in Game 6 of last year’s NBA Finals, it’s always nice to have Ray Allen open in the corner for a game-tying shot. That’s exactly what Miami will see more of this postseason. With time winding down, opposing defenses will devote their attention to LeBron James allowing Allen to get open. And I tell you, Allen will make that shot almost 100 percent of the time. He’s the perfect player to roam the perimeter as the clock winds down. I guarantee he’ll make another huge shot in this year’s playoffs, as well.
3. Additions Of Greg Oden, Michael Beasley
If both Greg Oden and Michael Beasley perform like the players they’ve been cut out to be their entire lives, the Miami Heat will be unstoppable. That inference largely balances on Oden’s health, however. Oden has played in just 82 games in his NBA career, averaging 9.4 points and 7.3 rebounds in two seasons with the Portland Trailblazers. Beasley will be great off the bench for Heat, especially considering the fairly cheap price he signed for, but a healthy and normal Oden would transform the team into an even more dominant being.
2. Continued Brilliance Of Erik Spoelstra
It was difficult for me to say this even after the Heat’s first title under Erik Spoelstra in 2011, but the Miami coach has become one of the best in the NBA. He exhibits an impressive amount of confidence and intelligence for a 42-year-old. He came back from an NBA Finals loss to the Dallas Mavericks in 2011 and led the team to titles in the next two seasons. As long as Spoelstra is at the helm, the Miami Heat have a good chance at winning a third-consecutive NBA Finals Championship.
1. They Have LeBron James, Duh
Is there really any other argument that needs to be made? LeBron James is one of the best players in NBA history and he’s just getting started winning NBA titles. Sure, it took him eight seasons to win his first, but James is so much in his prime that nothing will get in the way of him winning as many championships as he wants. Over the last two playoffs, James has averaged 28.1 points, 9.1 rebounds and 6.1 assists per game. He took the Finals Most Valuable Player Award in both title runs, and he’s primed to do it again.