Miami Heat’s Method of Building a Contender As Valid As Any

August 23rd, 2010 by Armen Dacity Leave a reply »
There has been a lot of talk, primarily from fans of a certain team in Los Angeles (as a bonus clue, it's not the Clippers' fans), that the Miami Heat has built its team the wrong way.

They argue that assembling a lineup from free agents who wish to play together is somehow less valid than building a team through the draft or trades.

Since when?

NBA franchises have many tools at their disposal to build a quality team. Losing teams (with a little luck in the lottery) can turn their fortunes around in the Draft.

Teams with surplus assets can use the trade market to bolster their rosters.

And finally, teams that clear sufficient cap room can add talent through free agency.

Each strategy has aspects of planning, player evaluation, timing, and luck.

Fans of that L.A. team now assert that what Miami did is somehow a shortcut.


Were they paying attention when Miami suffered through years of mediocrity while clearing out the contracts of the veterans who helped the team with the 2006 Championship?

Were they napping when their one star, Dwyane Wade, carried the team ...

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