The Miami Heat have had their world flipped upside down by the departure of LeBron James this summer, and they’re still looking for pieces to fill the roster. The main gaping hole in the depth chart is at shooting guard. The Heat lack a backup for Dwyane Wade, and desperately need scoring form the bench.
Leandro Barbosa can be the guy to provide that spark off the bench. Barbosa most recently saw action in the FIBA World Cup friendly game against the USA Men’s Basketball team. He had a solid game and was a key component for the Brazilian squad.
Barbosa has annually been an efficient player, providing consistency from all around the court. He makes 46 percent of his shots and makes 82 percent of his free-throws. Barbosa also excels in one major area that the Heat need to bolster: three-point shooting. He has averaged a respectable 39 percent from behind the arc as well as 12 points per 22.7 minutes per game throughout his NBA career.
Miami will have to fight to make the playoffs this coming season, but they have done their best to acquire the best available free-agents to surround their All-Stars Wade and Chris Bosh. Barbosa would be one of the best acquisitions for the Heat this offseason, because he is a guy who always gives great effort and high energy. He’s accustomed to playing off the bench and still producing.
The Heat will not regret signing the former first-round pick Barbosa, but if they don’t he will certainly be on an NBA roster when the 2014-15 season begins. He’s just too solid of a player, and his performance in the FIBA World Cup in Spain will reiterate his talents.