NBA Season Preview: Our MHB Experts Forecast The Miami HEAT’s 2016-17 Record
Just in time for tonight’s season opener against the Orlando Magic at 7 p.m., our Miami Heat Beat experts use their collective brainpower to accurately predict the Miami HEAT’s 2016-17 season record. Now, here it is all under one post, so it’s on the record.
Jack Alfonso (33-49): Goran Dragic and Hassan Whiteside should be a lethal combo this season, but the inexperience and lack of depth will likely cost them more than a few games. I expect a fun inconsistent HEAT team that will be as frustrating as they are exciting.
Giancarlo Navas (38-44): I really hate sports coverage that enables predictions. It’s honestly hyper-lazy, generic and completely boring to read. It’s just a chance for people to flaunt their perceived knowledge in a way to come back with an: “I TOLD YOU SO,” if they were right.
Nekias Duncan (38-44): Maybe I just have a lack of guts, but I think 38 wins is a nice, safe number. The ceiling is high enough for more if the team gels enough, but there are too many questions for me to predict a 6-8 seed berth like my heart wants to.
Harrison Cytryn (40-42): The HEAT’s defense and commitment to pushing the pace should make them super fun and competitive. One injury to Dragic or Whiteside and they’re done, but that’s not terrible with tempting 2017 draft prospects on the horizon. It’s Spoelstra’s world and we’re just living in it.
Alex Toledo (42-40): Look, the truth is this team is in a transition year, and as currently constructed, they’re insanely hard to predict. Miami is capable of winning anywhere between 34 to 45 games, but it all dependent on a couple circumstances. What I do know? When healthy, this HEAT team will be fun to watch.
This is now Erik Spoelstra’s team, and we can expect it to run hard on both ends while not straying away from game plans. The Dragic-Whiteside pick-and-roll game will be superb (think last year’s Detroit Pistons, but faster). Justise Winslow, Josh Richardson and Tyler Johnson will progress as legitimate starters and as building blocks in this league. It is going to be weird without No. 3 and No. 1 out there, and that’s a given. But don’t confuse this team with the Brooklyn Nets. Fans will enjoy this team more than they think they should.
Leif (44-38): Very few outcomes to this season will have a negative impact long term. No team in recent memory needs their top half of the roster to stay healthy like this year’s HEAT. If Dragic and Whiteside stay healthy, they can win the division. If they lose either to injury for even semi-extended periods, the season could go south in a hurry. I think they are going to surprise us. Winslow takes a huge step. Multiple players on one-year “prove it” deals actually end up proving it. Spoelstra will be in the thick of the Coach of the Year discussion.
Christian Hernandez (45-37): Athleticism and shooting surrounding Dragic and Whiteside will work in practice like we speculate it should work in theory. Dion Starters wins Most Improved Player—word to @DosMinutos.
Alf (48-34): Why? Because I have the guts. Also, because I placed a bet with Jorge Sedano, and a guest appearance by Cassidy Hubbarth on The Heat Beat podcast is at stake. This is Spoelstra’s team now, from the positionless roster to the hand-picked coaching staff. So if the podcast is sans-Hubbarth, we know who to blame.
Brian Goins (Outlook Good):
I asked a Magic 8 Ball, and this was what I got…
No explanation needed. Just watch tonight’s season opener
MHB’s Consensus Oracle (41-41): You better @ us when we’re right.