A SEASON TO
The Miami HEAT are back for their 31st NBA season and are
ready to build upon last year’s success in the Eastern Conference.
Miami is seeking its 21st postseason appearance in franchise
history and is looking to show that their young core and
storied veterans are ready for another memorable race to the
Last season the club fi nished 44-38, clinching their ninth
Southeast Division Title, and secured their spot in the NBA
Playoffs. A deep backcourt featuring leading scorer Goran Dragic,
Josh Richardson, Wayne Ellington, Tyler Johnson, Rodney McGruder,
Dion Waiters all return to the fold alongside a frontcourt featuring
Hassan Whiteside, James Johnson, Justise Winslow, Kelly Olynyk,
Derrick Jones Jr., Bam Adebayo, and The Captain, entering his
franchise-record 16th season with the club, Udonis Haslem.
This group was further bolstered this offseason by the
confi rmation that franchise icon and leader, Dwyane Wade,
would complete his 16th and fi nal season with the club.
Newcomers Duncan Robinson and Yante Maten make up the
team’s two-way contract players.
Wade, a 12-time All-Star, eight time All-NBA selection,
and three-time NBA champion, leads the HEAT franchise
in scoring, assists, and a bevy of other statistical
categories, and after one-and-a-half seasons away
from the club, rejoined the team in February of
2018. After helping the HEAT return to the playoffs,
Wade opted to return for what he dubbed #OneLastDance
and aims to leave his mark on the next generation of HEAT
talent alongside his ’03 draft mate, Haslem, the franchise
leader in total rebounds.
The chemistry that the two shared was apparent from the getgo
with Wade and Haslem leading the 2003-04 HEAT to the
postseason as rookies after a two-year drought for the franchise.
Wade and Haslem would make the All-NBA Rookie First and Second
Teams, respectively, that season and soon after, Miami acquired
Shaquille O’Neal and set their sights on a title.
98 I MIAMI HEAT 2018-19
By Azam Masood