Breaking Down Why Rashard Lewis Will Be Integral to Miami Heat’s 2012-13 Success

October 6th, 2012 by Peter Emerick Leave a reply »
When you think of the 2012-13 Miami Heat, Rashard Lewis isn't one of the first names that comes to mind.

He's probably the fifth or six player that comes to mind, behind LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, Ray Allen and Mario Chalmers. That's because the focus of the Heat's offseason and preseason has been the addition of Allen at the shooting guard position.

While Allen will bring important bench production to the Heat, Lewis will mean more to their overall success.

Lewis, his 6'10'' frame and his career averages of 16.1 points and 5.6 rebounds per game will be integral to a Heat repeat this season—if only because he fills a bigger need for the Heat than Allen does. He adds frontcourt depth and production to a Heat team that seriously lacks it heading into the 2012-13 season.

Last season the Heat had just 14.8 points and 15.4 rebounds per game in frontcourt production from their second unit, and that's not going to cut it this season.

While Lewis has the size of a power forward, he plays more like a small forward with the perimeter game to match. On paper that doesn't equal frontcourt help for the Heat, but just havin ...

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