The Miami Heat took a step backwards last season after making an unexpected run to The Finals in 2020. They had a season similar to the previous year, but no postseason heroics.
2021-22 Season Preview Miami Heat
The Heat were swept in the first round by the eventual champion Milwaukee Bucks, and their 95.4 points per 100 possessions were the lowest of any series in the last five years.
There was no way for Jimmy Butler or Bam Adebayo to score, and they also struggled from the free throw line and the perimeter.
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The Heat outbid the Clippers and Pistons for free agency Kyle Lowry, stole point guard P.J. Tucker from the Bucks, and held on to shooter Duncan Robinson.
Even though Lowry and Tucker are getting on in years (35 and 36, respectively), the Heat have the pieces to be a top-five Eastern Conference club and a top-five defensive one.
On Thursday night to kick off the 2021-22 NBA season, the Miami Heat will host the Milwaukee Bucks. The Heat hope to get off to a good start in this season’s NBA playoffs after having made some changes since last year’s meeting.
As the Heat prepare for another run in the NBA Finals, here are three key questions to consider.
In the previous offseason, the Heat signed one of the top available free agents. In order to complement its lethal tandem of Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo, the Miami Heat have hired 35-year-old point guard Kyle Lowry to a three-year, $90 million contract.
Oladipo’s Injury status Raises Concerns, but the Heat Decided to bring him back.
Oladipo was acquired by Miami in a trade with Indiana in hopes that he would complete the offence alongside Butler.
The guard was injured again in the quadriceps and missed a significant portion of the season. This would be a huge lift for the Heat if Oladipo were to make a full recovery and regain his All-Star form.
In a fantasy league, he is a late-round lottery ticket for those who have already amassed a large number of highly regarded players.
The 2020-21 season was a disappointing and disheartening one for the Miami Heat, as they failed to build on their success from the previous year’s march to the NBA Finals and instead lost in the first round to the NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks.
The Heat, on the other hand, avoided repeating the same error from the previous summer and instead feature their toughest group in years, a squad that is well-suited to the culture that has developed in South Florida.
In addition, the Heat took careful to re-sign their own players.
They re-signed players such as Duncan Robinson, Victor Oladipo, Dewayne Dedmon, Max Strus, Gabe Vincent, and Udonis Haslem.
While Andre Iguodala returned to Golden State, Trevor Ariza and Kenny Nunn signed with the Los Angeles Lakers.
In exchange for acquiring Kyle Lowry, Toronto acquired Goran Dragic and Precious Achiuwa in a trade.