The Miami Heat organization have been one of the more active teams this offseason, signing a multitude of players in an attempt to revamp the roster for the start of the 2014-2015 regular season. One of the main concerns still needing to be addressed is the depth at the shooting guard position. Even with Dwyane Wade taking on a more sizeable role in the offense in light of LeBron James leaving, his total games played this season will still be under 70, so having a reliable second option at shooting guard has become a top priority.
The Heat’s most recent signing came this past Wednesday, when Shannon Brown became the 16th man added to the roster. Brown has career averages of just 7.7 points per game, 42% shooting from the field and 33% shooting from beyond the arc. He has never truly succeed on any of the nine teams he has played for besides the Los Angeles Lakers, and that’s only because he was playing in a unique offensive system (the triangle) and was coached by Phil Jackson.
This was a desperate move by the Heat to fill the shooting guard position with more veteran depth. The organization should be going the route of developing players to infuse youth and athleticism into the roster, especially considering how gassed the team looked in last year’s NBA Finals. The San Antonio Spurs model, one built on drafting and developing players not only through the NBA Draft, but also overseas, is one that the Heat organization should try to replicate more closely.
Brown doesn’t contribute much on either end of the floor, and he isn’t a suitable backup for Wade at shooting guard. There are still other options out on the free agency market worth taking a look at, like Jordan Crawford or even Jason Richardson (who although is older can still contribute a lot more than Shannon Brown as a backup guard). This is a critical year for the franchise, and reliable depth has to be a top priority if they want to remain in contention. The Brown signing wasn’t a step in that direction.
Jared Doyle is a Miami Heat writer for RantSports.com.
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