2014-15 Record: 37-45
2014-15 Offense: 94.7 PPG (27th)
2014-15 Defense: 97.3 PPG (6th)
Key Additions: Gerald Green (SG), Amare Stoudemire (F/C), Justise Winslow (SF)
Key Losses: Michael Beasley (SF), Shabazz Napier (PG)
The Heat took a huge step back last season, as expected after the loss of LeBron James. However, most thought they would still make the playoffs. The Chris Bosh Dwyane Wade pair should have been good for at least forty wins. Maybe it would have but Wade played in only 62 games and Bosh in only 44.
Miami might have won even less if it weren’t for a couple of midseason acquisitions. A few weeks into last season, the Heat picked up a young center off the waiver wire. That center, had only played in 19 NBA games in his career and none since 2012. He didn’t play much at first but eventually he worked his way into the starting lineup. As a starter Whiteside averaged almost 14 points, 12 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks per game.
The other big addition was point guard Goran Dragic, who they re-signed this offseason to a 5 year extension. Dragic gave them another scorer and ball handler to take pressure off Wade. The Heat hope that will be a factor in keeping Wade healthy this year.
With full seasons from Dragic and Whiteside, better health from Bosh and Wade, and some positive contribution from rookie Justise Winslow, it makes sense for the Heat to make a big jump back into the playoffs. It’s not all going to work out in Miami but I still expect a return to the postseason