One of the best shooting guards in the game, a versatile all-star power forward and a four time NBA MVP .. throw in the greatest three point shooter in history and it appears that the Miami Heat have ticked all the boxes right? .. Wrong!
In their journey to capture their second NBA championship in a row, the Heat exposed a weakness that many rivals will look to take advantage of next season and that is height !. In the 2012-13 season we saw Miami’s big men struggle in the post against teams that were defensively strong and had the presence of a 7 foot centre. Look at the playoff series against the Indiana Pacers where All-star centre Roy Hibbert man handled the Heat and nearly sent them home early.
Enter Greg Oden. The overall number one pick in the 2007 NBA draft and he is 7 feet tall. Although this may seem like the last box has been ticked and there is no stopping the Heat from here on out, there is the issue of whether or not Oden will be healthy and stay that way for the upcoming season.
Since being drafted in 2007 Greg Oden has been plagued by injuries that have seen him sit out most of his NBA career. He was forced to miss his rookie season due to micro fracture surgery on his right knee and wouldn’t return to the hard tops of an NBA court until the 2008 season. Having only played 82 games since he was drafted, Oden has technically played the equivalent of one NBA season out of the total five seasons he has been signed for.
The question that must be asked is have the Heat found the tall presence they were looking for?, or have they gambled on a player who is untested and still in the rookie period of his career.
The only thing that is certain is that the heat is rising in Miami in more ways than one.
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