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Miami Heat Team Overview
2012-13 record: 66-16
First place, Southeast Division
Won NBA Championship

Trade update: Acquired No. 50 pick James Ennis from Atlanta Hawks for a future second round pick.

Pre-Draft Analysis

Areas of Strength
The Heat have the ultimate building block to work with in LeBron James, the four-time NBA MVP allows a franchise to build around him in whatever way they can imagine. Having Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, both All-Stars themselves, just gives the Heat an embarrassment of human resources that no other team can match, at least on paper. At their very best, the Heat are the juggernaut that ran over the league this season (27-game win-streak included) and a team capable of playing in as many consecutive Finals as James (and his healthy body) allows.

Needs Work
Father time is knocking on Wade's door. He's not the wicked threat every night that he once was. And the Indiana Pacers exposed Bosh's limitations in the regular season and playoffs this year, making it clear that the stretch 4 big man that Heat coach Erik Spoelstra cherishes isn't as effective against a traditional low-post big man like Roy Hibbert or even a brute of a power forward like David West. The Heat have a roster filled with seasoned veterans, the kind of guys you win championships with now, but not necessarily the sort of guys you can plan with long term. The Heat need an infusion of youth and new blood that is hard to come by when you don't have Draft picks to work with.

Two Stats That Matter
40.6 -- Career-high shooting percentage from beyond the 3-point arc of LeBron James this season, a colossal leap from the 20.9 percent he shot as a rookie. It was once his greatest weakness, but no more. James actually averaged career highs in field goal percentage (56.5), rebounds (8.0) and double-doubles (36).

30th -- The Heat ranked dead last in rebounding (38.6) this season. A lack of size and depth up front is what got them in trouble against the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference finals.

The Way To Go
When you are winning at the level the Heat have the past three seasons, you don't worry as much about the Draft. This is what the Heat stars signed up for when they decided to join forces. Wade's right knee issues, however, might force Heat boss Pat Riley to at least explore the possibilities of trying to find an understudy capable of taking some of the pressure off Wade. And this big man problem can only be solved with a big man capable holding things down in the paint without disrupting the Heat' offensive flow.

2012-13 Team Stats (points per 100 possessions, with NBA rank)
Offensive: 110.3 (1st)
Defensive: 100.5 (7th)

Under Contract:
G: Norris Cole
G: Dwyane Wade
G: Mario Chalmers
F: LeBron James
F: Udonis Haslem
F: Mike Miller
F: Shane Battier
F: Rashard Lewis
F/C: Chris Bosh
C: Joel Anthony

Free Agents:
G: Ray Allen
G/F: James Jones
F: Juwan Howard
F: Jarvis Varnardo
C: Chris Andersen

Recent Draft History:
2012: Arnett Moultrie (27)
2011: Bogan Bogdanovic (31)
2010: Dexter Pittman (32), Jarvis Varnado (41), Da'Sean Butler (42), Latavious Williams (48)
2009: Marcus Thornton (43), Robert Dozier (60)
2008: Michael Beasley (2), Darnell Jackson (52)
2007: Jason Smith (20), Stanko Barcac (39)
2006: Wayne Simien (30)

-- Sekou Smith