If you were following the NBA before the season began, then you know that this year, the Miami Heat are really, really good. But last year, they weren’t quite so good. In fact, in the 2018-2019 season, they finished as the 10th seed with a 39-43 record. Yet this year, before the season postponed, they were 41-24. This begs the question: how did the Miami Heat get so good so quick? And no, it’s not because of Dwayne Wade’s retirement.
The answer can mostly be summed up in two words: The Draft. They lucked out this year; kinda. Let’s examine how the Heat made this incredible turnaround.
It all started with the 13th pick in the 2019 NBA draft. It seemed like all the good prospects were taken, Zion, Ja, Coby, RJ, Cam, you get the point. So the Heat when with this player from Kentucky named Tyler Herro. Turns out, this was one of the biggest steals of the draft. Herro is an elite three point shooter, and in his rookie season before it was postponed, he had averages of 12.9 points, 4 rebounds, and 1.9 assists per game. Not bad numbers for one of the later picks in the lottery. And while these aren’t all star numbers, he didn’t need to do much more, because of what else the Miami Heat did.
Now the Miami Heat did get more notable rookies, but not from the 2019 NBA draft. No, they signed undrafted rookies Kendrick Nunn and Duncan Robinson. Kendrick Nunn turned out to be a rookie of the year candidate, and Tyler Herro and Duncan Robinson both look like Klay Thompson with their catch and shoot abilities. Then you add in the Jimmy Butler for Josh Richardson trade, and you have one of the brightest young cores in the league, with one of the brightest futures as well. Then, you almost remember you still have more guys in your young core and veterans, and Miami’s front office starts to feel like their in heaven. They also have Derrick Jones Jr. who won the 2020 Slam Dunk Contest and Bam Adebayo.
So not only did the Miami Heat play the rookie card right, they already were building a young core, and have veterans such as Jimmy Butler, Kelly Olynk, and Goran Dragic to help guide the way. Not only do they have a bright future, they are title contenders in 2020.
So how did the Miami Heat get so good? They brought in veterans and built a young core that could win championships for the next decade. I wouldn’t be surprised if we’re looking at the next Golden State Warriors or San Antonio Spurs dynasty.
Let me know in the comments below if you think the Miami Heat will win a title anytime soon, and as always, have an awesome day!