2012-2013 NBA Division Preview: Southeast Division

Miami Heat – 46-20 (2011-12; NBA Champions)

LeBron James and the Miami Heat finally climbed to the top of the mountain and officially ended all speculation that this team couldn’t win a championship. And they did so in convincing fashion, defeating a fast and talented Oklahoma City Thunder team. So, the question is, what will they do for an encore?

It’s clear this team is not satisfied with just one championship. They made that known during their premature introduction party. Now, this is the Heat’s first legitimate opportunity for them to show that they are not all talk. The first step has been completed. Let’s see how the team reacts.

This off-season has been all business, with Pat Riley making some key acquisitions on the perimeter. The Heat know who they are and they are playing to their strengths, stocking up on shooters who can spot up all game long. Namely, Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis who, despite their age, can still light it up.

We’re really going to learn a lot about this team this season. Will they come out lethargic and unprepared, much like the Dallas Mavericks a year ago? Or will they keep that hunger and drive that propelled them to a championship? No matter what happens, all eyes will be on LeBron James and how he handles himself as a defending NBA champion.

Key Players: LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, and Mario Chalmers
Key Additions: Ray Allen, Rashard Lewis
Key Departures: None

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