Entering postseason play, the Miami Heat possessed many of the hallmarks of a championship team. They had been to the NBA Finals just two years earlier, the roster was loaded with experienced players and All-Star level talent and the team’s defense was one with the potential to wreak havoc in a playoff environment.

In the end, though, Miami’s middling offense wasn’t enough to get out of the Eastern Conference. If anything, it just got worse as the games mattered more.

After scoring 113 points per 100 possessions during the regular season — a number that ranked 12th league-wide — the Heat had a bottom-half offense at 110.7 points/100 poss. in the playoffs. Moreover, their three-point completion rate dropped from 37.9% to 31.3%.

Clearly, changes need to be made if Erik Spoelstra’s crew hopes to get back to the big dance next season.

As a means of addressing the scoring shortfall and giving the Heat a better chance to compete for a title in 2022-23, here’s one potential trade that could boost the team’s offensive attack, particularly in the frontcourt.

Trade With Rockets Nets Playmaking Big Man

Bam Adebayo was criticized throughout the postseason for his inability to act as a viable offensive threat in the pivot. Even as he has shown incredible development as a screener and post distributor — and despite the fact that he put up nearly 15 PPG on 59.4% shooting in the playoffs — he was perpetually under attack on social media.

Really, though, the Heat’s offensive woes came down to not having enough weapons to outpace opponents. More specifically, they lacked players who combine size with diverse offensive skill sets.

Wishing Adebayo could be something he’s not isn’t going to fix that problem. Instead, the Heat should embrace what he does do well — on both sides of the ball — and then plug the gaps by pairing him with a big who has more to offer than 37-year-old PJ Tucker.

The following trade would accomplish just that:

Houston Rockets receive G/F Duncan Robinson, C Omer Yurtseven and a top-eight protected 2023 first-round pick
Miami Heat receive PF Christian Wood

Wood was linked to the Heat ahead of the trade deadline, with the feeling being that Houston was overvaluing him. At some point, though, the realization that he could walk for nothing after next …read more

Source:: Heavy.com


Proposed Trade Gives Heat’s Sagging Offense a Frontcourt Boost

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