The NBA season is only three weeks away, and the Heat are in a unique situation with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Goran Dragic sidelined.
That means the Heat will need to take some time to get their two All-Stars ready to go for the 2017-18 season.
Here’s what we know about each of them right now.
LeBron James The Heat have one of the league’s most intriguing rosters.
They have one All-NBA selection in Wade, who is one of just six players to average at least 23.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in his career.
Wade is a two-time All-Defensive first team selection and a four-time Defensive Player of the Year.
He has been one of Wade’s top defensive options throughout his career, averaging 1.2 blocks per game in the playoffs.
Dragic is the team’s top perimeter defender and the team leader in steals per game (1.0).
He is the only player in Heat history to average 12.4 points and 10.0 assists.
He was the team captain in each of the last two seasons.
There is still some uncertainty about the future of James, who has battled a foot injury.
However, the team could look to make a change to his game if he needs to step up.
Dwyan Wade Miami’s Dwyans return to the postseason with a chance to make it to the Finals.
After a disappointing year with the Heat in 2016-17, Wade is back on track in Miami with the same core that helped them reach the NBA Finals.
Wade averaged 21.8 points and 7.5 rebounds as Miami won the 2017 Eastern Conference Finals.
Drampy was an All-American for Miami in 2017-19 and is now a three-time all-defensive second team selection.
Wade and Dragic will be reunited on the court as well.
Wade led the Heat to a fourth-straight trip to the Eastern Conference finals last season, while Dragic won a title in 2019-20.
Drastic improvement in the Heat’s offense will be a big focus heading into the season.
The Heat’s defensive rating has improved from 102.7 in 2017 to 107.2 this season.
It has gone from 108.0 last season to 112.0 this season, and its the highest rating in the NBA this season (94.8).
If the Heat can maintain their improved defensive efficiency this season the team will be able to improve their overall record.
If the offense can continue to be better, Miami will be in good shape to make the playoffs for the third straight season.
That would put the Heat well on their way to making it to their second Finals appearance since 2004.
Goran Dampos Goran Dwyacos is the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.
He is expected to start his NBA career as the Heat second point guard.
Dwyla’s size (6-9, 206) and athletic ability is a perfect fit for Miami.
The 6-9 point guard is a physical presence who can guard multiple positions.
Goron has a knack for scoring in the half court and is an excellent rebounder.
He averaged 8.6 points and 3.3 assists per game as a freshman in 2016.
Gor-D is a dynamic athlete with excellent length.
He shot 40.6 percent from the field, 51.6 from three-point range and 79.4 percent from beyond the arc last season.
Dwys freshman season was a breakout, averaging 12.3 points, 4.6 assists and 4.1 rebounds per game.
The 5-10 point guard was a second-team All-Big East selection.
Miami’s roster will be full of point guards and Dwyas talents.
If Dwyanes shooting is up, Goran could make his presence felt.
Miami also has several other young point guards on the roster.
Freshman point guard Beno Udrih, who led the Seminoles in scoring with 21.2 points per game last season is expected back in 2017.
Sophomore guard DaeSean Hamilton is a 6-3 guard and has potential to be an impact player.
Freshmen center Nik Stauskas (6’5″ 210) is a solid athlete who is a tough matchup for opposing big men.
Sophomores wing Justin Jackson and junior guard Jarnell Stokes (6′, 230) are big, athletic wings who can make plays offensively.
Junior forward Luke Jones (6″ 6’6″) is a stretch-4 who is capable of scoring in bunches.
Fresh freshman forward Anthony Young is a strong scorer with good size (5-11, 215).
If they can maintain the same defensive efficiency as last season and find a way to keep the offense rolling offensively, the Heat could have a solid team for the next several seasons.