Where Does the Miami Heat Stand Among the East’s Top Teams?

July 28th, 2010 by Hadarii Jones Leave a reply »
The Miami Heat will begin the 2010-11 NBA season with one of the greatest trios of talent the league has ever seen, but are LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh enough to elevate the Heat to the top of the East?

Wade and Pat Riley's shrewd moves guarantee Miami will earn one of the Eastern Conference's playoff spots, but where do the Heat stand among the top teams from last season?

Cleveland, Orlando, Atlanta, and Boston were the top four seeds in the playoffs last season, and of the four, Cleveland is least likely to make a return trip.

Miami definitely has a roster capable of replacing Cleveland on that list, and Riley has assembled enough supporting talent to make a serious run at Boston, Orlando, and Atlanta.

Many observers have felt that Miami wouldn't be able to afford quality players to complement their superstar trio, but a quick glance at the roster shows Riley has signed a group of serviceable, if not impressive, players.

The starting line-up for the Heat will likely consist of Wade, James, Bosh, Mario Chalmers, and Zydrunas Ilgauskas, although Heat mainstay Udonis Haslem could potentially start alongside B ...

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