When Jimmy Butler decided to leave the Philadelphia 76ers to join the Miami Heat, most people thought that he was crazy and just chasing money. He responded by leading them back to the NBA Finals for the first time since LeBron James left the team.
Now, the Miami Heat have the task to prove that their trip to the ultimate stage wasn't just a fluke due to the bubble. They proved that they're a well-coached, hard-fighting, and resilient team that can match up vs. pretty much every other squad on earth.
Erik Spoelstra is one of the best coaches in the world and Pat Riley made a couple of interesting moves to continue strengthening this roster and today, we're going to let you know how their starting lineup is going to look like in 2020-21.
Bench: Kendrick Nunn, Tyler Herro, Avery Bradley, Breein Tyree, Max Strus, Andre Iguodala, KZ Okpala, Moe Harkless, Precious Achiuwa, Chris Silva, Kelly Olynyk, Udonis Haslem
Point Guard: Goran Dragic
Goran Dragic joked by stating that he resigned with the Miami Heat out of the fear of being physically confronted by Jimmy Butler. All jokes aside, Dragic has become a cornerstone of the Heat's project and his absence was duly noted in the Finals.
Dragic is no longer the explosive scorer he once showed glimpses of being but he's still a hardnosed competitor and solid playmaker. He's unselfish and doesn't make many mistakes, and has vastly improved as a defender since making it to South Beach.
Shooting Guard: Duncan Robinson
Duncan Robinson was one of the most surprising players last season. He came out of the blue to become arguably the best shooter in the league and demonstrated that he's got what it takes to be a huge factor and have a long and successful career in the Association.
Robinson is the kind of shooter that you just can't leave open. He can pull-up, spot-up, catch and shoot, and knock down shots from every spot on the court. He's also big enough to play at both forward spots and at the two depending on what the team needs.
Small Forward: Jimmy Butler
Well, this guy right there doesn't need a cover letter. Jimmy 'G' Buckets, and the G stands for Gets. There aren't many players in the league that compete and work out as hard as Jimmy Butler does, and it paid off with his very first trip to the NBA Finals.
Jimmy Butler is the true definition of grit and grind. He's going to put his body on the line on every single possession and will do whatever it takes to get a stop. He's unselfish as a scorer and facilitator but won't hesitate to take a big shot when it matters the most.
Power Forward: Meyers Leonard
Some people believe that the Miami Heat overpaid for Meyers Leonard, as he got even more money than Montrezl Harrell. Then again, he's a guy that's tailor-made for Erik Spoelstra's system given his skillset and ability to do a little bit of everything.
When healthy, Meyers Leonard has shown an ability to knock down shots from beyond the arc, play solid defense below the rim, and even create for others. He sets solids screens and plays hard, although he's struggled to stay on the court for most of his career.
Center: Bam Adebayo
Bam Adebayo is one of the league's rising stars and there are countless reasons why he just got paid this summer. He's already one of the best and most versatile stoppers in the world, and the guy who completely shut down Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Adebayo has improved as an offensive factor and is one of the best passing bigs in the league. He's smart, strong, savvy, and won't mind getting beat up if that means getting a stop or giving his team a second-chance opportunity. The best part is that he's just getting started.