Top Five Reasons Miami Heat Will Make Playoffs in 2016-17

Top Five Reasons Miami Heat Will Make Playoffs in 2016-17

Goran Dragic, Justise Winslow, and Hassan Whiteside

4. Goran Dragic in His Natural Element

Goran Dragic

The Heat’s starting point guard Goran Dragic has seen moderate success with the Heat since he joined the team halfway through the 2014-15 season. At first, it took a while for him to adjust to the slower-paced, defensive-minded play of the Heat compared to the run-and-gun style of his former team, the Phoenix Suns. He also had to figure out how to play off of Wade, who was used to commanding the offense with the ball in his hands.

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Now, Dragic will finally be the lone ball-handler and will have an opportunity to play the game he’s used to playing, as he did when he was named the NBA’s Most Improved Player back in 2013-14. Dragic will also benefit greatly from having two superb pick-and-roll partners in Bosh (given that he plays) and Whiteside.

Overall, the Slovenian point guard will have more control of the offense than he ever has had in a Heat uniform and this can only lead to good things for Miami. Ball movement will be key for this Heat team that has struggled with its offensive efficiency in recent years. Don’t be surprised if the quick-cutting guard excels to new heights in 2016-17. In fact, an ESPN panel recently predicted that Dragic would become a first-time All-Star next season.

Next: Depth at Shooting Guard

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