The Miami Heat have always had a relatively weak frontcourt, even with All-Star Chris Bosh in the fold. Even this offseason, when free agency was ramping up to an all-time frenzy, the Heat just weren’t able to nab any big-name players to add to the frontcourt rotation (outside of re-signing Bosh himself).
It is no surprise the Heat organization has been digging amongst the scrapheap of remaining players , looking for anyone who could make an immediate impact off the bench. Through this process, the Heat have signed their 13th player for the upcoming roster this season, and that is veteran forward Shawne Williams.
Although Williams isn’t a household name, he has the ability to make an impact off the bench for the Heat. Last season, while playing for the Los Angeles Lakers, Williams averaged 5.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 0.8 assists per game while playing an average of 20.9 minutes.
These numbers might not seem impressive, but Williams also shot 40 percent from the field and 33 percent from beyond the arc. These are percentages that signify Williams has the ability to play as a stretch forward, which is ideal for his insertion into the Heat’s frontcourt rotation.
With Williams coming off the bench, the Heat will have the luxury of always having a stretch forward on the floor. The rotation of Bosh, Josh McRoberts and Williams will help maximize space on the floor, and open up more offensive options for other Heat players. Especially Dwyane Wade, who with LeBron James‘ departure, will have to re-embrace his role as offensive facilitator.
This wasn’t the most noteworthy signing by the Heat organization, but it was important because it helped solidify one of their biggest issues — the frontcourt rotation.