Five Reasons Why the Miami Heat Aren’t Championship Contenders…Yet

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4. Goran Dragic

Goran Dragic to Play in Miami's Christmas Day Matchup

After signing a near-max deal worth $90 million over five years, Goran Dragic has been a major disappointment.

Dragic was viewed as the Heat’s center piece as they continued to move on in the post-LeBron James era. However, it’s not just that Dragic hasn’t been the team’s main offensive weapon, it’s that he’s clearly low on the pecking order.

The Slovenian point guard is averaging just 11.7 points and 5.3 assists per game. After being acquired at the trade deadline last February, Dragic impressed in 26 starts with the Heat during the 2014-15 season, averaging 16.6 points and 5.3 assists on 50.2 percent from the field.

However, that was in the absence of Chris Bosh. With Bosh back in the fold, Dragic hasn’t been aggressive on the offensive end. The 29-year-old ranks fourth on the team in scoring and fifth in free throws attempts.

In order for the Heat to take that next step from top-tier team to an elite one, they need their big signing to play like a big star.

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D.J. Siddiqi grew up in the heart of South Florida in Broward County. Growing up in South Florida during the late 90's and 2000's, D.J. witnessed the Pat Riley years where the Miami Heat faced off with the New York Knicks all the way to the painful late 2000's seasons where the Heat were a one-man team with Dwyane Wade. D.J. has closely followed the Heat over the past decade-and-a-half, and unfortunately witnessed Game 2 of the 2011 NBA Finals in person when the Dallas Mavericks overcame a 15-point deficit to knock off the Heat. D.J. has writing experience as a columnist with sites such as Bleacher Report and Rant Sports, and he is proud to bring his knowledge of the Heat and the NBA to Heat Nation.