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Miami Heat Team Overview

2010-11 record: 58-24

First place, Southeast Division

Lost in NBA Finals to Dallas

DRAFT PICKS:

Round: 2

Areas of Strength:
Barring injury, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James should bolster the swing positions for years. And of course, same for Chris Bosh at power forward, where Miami also brings a capable backup in Udonis Haslem.

Needs Work:
Point guard. Center. Miami was forced to use some players at those positions who had no business being in the NBA, much less getting 10 minutes here and there. Joel Anthony excluded, of course, although he might be better suited as a backup.

Two Stats That Matter:
123 --
That's how many games Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Erick Dampier started at center during the regular season, and yet they couldn't get a whiff in the postseason.

2 -- Mike Miller, the designated long-distance shooter who was hurt early by a wrist injury, averaged just a pair of baskets per game.

The Way To Go:
The Heat probably won't find immediate help at the point guard and center positions via the Draft, and even if they did, probably wouldn't put a rookie in a tough position once the playoffs arrive. But Miami should try, anyway. That's how weak those spots are.

2010-11 Team Stats:
Offensive: 109.3 (3rd)
Defensive: 100.7 (5th)

Players Under Contract:
G: Dwyane Wade
G: Eddie House (player option)
F: LeBron James
F: Chris Bosh
F: Mike Miller
F: Udonis Haslem
C: Joel Anthony
C: Zydrunas Ilgauskas (player option)
C: Dexter Pittman

Free Agents:
G: Mario Chalmers (unrestricted)
G: Mike Bibby (unrestricted)
F: James Jones (unrestricted)
F: Juwan Howard (unrestricted)
C: Erick Dampier (unrestricted)
C: Jamaal Magloire (unrestricted)

-- Shaun Powell

Recent Draft History
2010 2009 2008 2007 2006
32. Dexter Pittma 43. Marcus Thornton 2. Michael Beasley 20. Jason Smith No Picks
41. Jarvis Varnado 60. Robert Dozier 52. Darnell Jackson 39. Stanko Barac
42. Da'Sean Butler
48. Latavious Williams

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