The Miami Heat — and more specifically Pat Riley — have had a successful free agency period in wake of LeBron James‘ departure. The first key signings the Heat organization had were PF Josh McRoberts and SF Danny Granger. Both Granger and McRoberts will be part of the Heat’s frontcourt rotation, but McRoberts will most likely be inserted into the starting lineup, which gives him more of an opportunity to make an immediate impact.
One of the big reasons Riley went after McRoberts in free agency was the stretch forward’s skill set and how it would blend well with the Heat’s offensive and defensive principles. McRoberts has excellent court vision, as seen by his average of 4.3 assists last season with the Charlotte Bobcats, the highest of any forward in the league. This is absolutely one of his biggest draws as a player. The other would undoubtedly be his three-point shooting.
McRoberts averaged 36 percent shooting from beyond the arc last season, which is even higher than what Chris Bosh maintained (34 percent), and many consider him a three-point shooting specialist among power-forwards/centers. With both Bosh and McRoberts as three-point shooting threats, the Heat can utilize an offense that’s predicated on stretching the floor. This leads to loads of opportunities offensively, from open looks around the rim to double teams leaving a shooter open beyond the arc. The options are endless.
The Heat have made it known that they are looking to add younger, more athletic players to the roster instead of proven veterans like in years past. McRoberts fits this bill quite nicely, seeing as he is only 27 years old and has not yet his peak abilities as a ball player. The potential leaves a lot for Heat fans to be excited for over the coming seasons.