Top 5 Reasons to Be Hyped for Next Season If You’re a Miami Heat Fan

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4. Will Heat Live Up to the Hype?

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Many pundits and figures are expecting the Heat to possibly win the Eastern Conference this season. It’s not just James that expects the Heat to be contenders, but major media outlets such as ESPN have the same opinion.

Four out of five ESPN experts projected Miami to take the biggest leap of any team in the Eastern Conference for the 2015-16 season.

Ian Begley of detailed why the Heat should improve from last season’s abysmal record:

Miami gets the nod over Toronto here. After a disappointing 2014-15 season, Pat Riley brought back Goran Dragic and Dwyane Wade and convinced Gerald Green and Amar’e Stoudemire to sign deals that were considered below market value. Those transactions, in addition to adding a healthy Chris Bosh, should help Miami quickly rebound after a 37-win campaign in 2014-15. Here’s hoping we get a Heat-Cavaliers series in the playoffs.”

Many had projected the Heat to remain a top-five team in the East despite losing LeBron entering last season. As injuries mounted and mid-season trades changed the look of the rotation, Miami was never able to escape mediocrity throughout much of the 2014-15 season. After December 1st, 2014, the Heat were unable to climb over the .500 mark.

It’ll be of the utmost importance for the Heat to escape their run of bad luck by starting strong next season.

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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.