Miami Heat

Miami Heat 2012-2013 roster breakdown

 

bjackson@miamiherald.com

LEBRON JAMES

•  Signature playoff moments: What else but the two Games 7s? LeBron was brilliant in the finale of the finals with 37 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, two steals and five three-pointers (equaling his second-highest total of the season). But don’t forget his 32-point, eight-rebound gem in Game 7 of the Pacers series.

•  Playoff averages: 25.9 points, 49.1 percent shooting, 8.4 rebounds, 6.6 assists, 1.8 steals.

•  Contract status: Signed for next season ($19.067 million), with player options for 2014-15 ($20.59 million) and 2015-16 ($22.11 million).

•  The last word: James endured a few rough shooting games in the Finals, but his overall playoff work was exemplary, especially in the three games when the Heat faced elimination. No player in NBA history has averaged more points in seventh games of playoff series, with James on a streak of four Game 7s in a row with at least 30 — one short of Elgin Baylor’s record. James became the ninth player to win multiple finals MVP awards and the fifth to do it two years in a row.

  

DWYANE WADE

•  Signature playoff moments: Two deserve top billing: a 32-point, six-steal vintage Wade masterpiece in Game 4 of the Finals, followed by a terrific Game 7 effort: 23 points, 10 rebounds, two blocks, 11 for 21 shooting.

•  Playoff averages: 15.9 points, 45.9 percent shooting, 4.8 assists, 4.6 rebounds, 1.7 steals, 1.0 block.

•  Contract status: Signed for next season ($18.536 million), with player options for 2014-15 ($20.048 million) and 2015-16 ($21.56 million).

•  The last word: Wade called these playoffs the most challenging of his career, largely because of a bone bruise on his right knee that sidelined him for one game and limited him in many others, and an injury sustained in the Finals that required his left knee to be drained the day before Game 7. At one point, he failed to reach 20 points in 12 consecutive games — a career-long drought — but ended the playoffs with four 20-point outbursts in his final eight games, including big nights in the two seventh games. Among all Heat and Spurs players, only James averaged more points in the finals than Wade’s 19.6.

  

CHRIS BOSH

•  Signature playoff moments: His 20-point, 19-rebound effort in a Game 3 win at Chicago in the second round, and his splendid Game 4 of the Finals (20 points, 13 rebounds).

•  Playoff averages: 12.1 points, 45.8 percent shooting, 7.3 rebounds, 1.6 blocks.

•  Contract status: Signed for next season ($19.067 million), with player options for 2014-15 ($20.59 million) and 2015-16 ($22.1 million).

•  The last word: Bosh’s playoff performance was a roller coaster, his offensive game experiencing highly unusual lulls as he tried to reconcile how often to attack the basket and how often to float on the perimeter. He didn’t surpass 20 points in a single playoff game — after doing it 22 times in the regular season — didn’t score in Game 7 of the Finals and scored in single digits in the final four games of the Indiana series. But Bosh produced four double-digit rebounding games in the Finals, blocked 36 shots in the playoffs (including two huge ones in the final minute in Game 6 against the Spurs), and played with more force in the Finals. After missing four three-point attempts in Game 1 against the Spurs, Bosh attempted just two the rest of the series.

  

RAY ALLEN

•  Signature playoff moment: His three-pointer to tie Game 6 with 5.2 seconds left in the fourth quarter not only was the most memorable shot of his career, but also likely the most significant in Heat history.

•  Playoff averages: 10.2 points, 43 percent shooting overall, 40.6 percent on threes.

•  Contract status: Has a $3.2 million player option for next season, with a June 29 deadline.

•  The last word: Allen shot 13 for 46 in the first six games of the Indiana series and went scoreless in Game 7 of the Finals, missing all four of his shots. But the enduring memory of his postseason will be his Game 6 heroics. And don’t forget he hit 3 of 5 three-point attempts in the Game 7 win against Indiana.

  

MARIO CHALMERS

•  Signature playoff moments: His 20-point performance in Game 6 of the Finals, followed by 14 points in Game 7.

•  Playoff averages: 9.4 points, 41.5 percent shooting, 3.1 assists, 1.7 turnovers.

•  Contract status: Heat has a $4 million team option on Chalmers for next season.

•  The last word: Chalmers had more turnovers (18) than assists (15) in the Finals and was brutal in the games in San Antonio, but delivered big offensive nights in three Heat wins — including 19 points in Game 2. He made more three-pointers (13) than any other Heat player in the Finals.

  

UDONIS HASLEM

•  Signature playoff moments: Two 8-for-9 shooting nights that were crucial in Game 3 and Game 5 wins against Indiana.

•  Playoff averages: 5.0 points, 59.3 percent shooting, 3.6 rebounds.

•  Contract status: Due $4.34 million next season, with a $4.62 million player option for 2014-15.

•  The last word: Despite a height deficit against Carlos Boozer, David West and Tim Duncan, Haslem held his own, with his defensive work especially sharp against Duncan. Haslem found the touch on his midrange jumper, delivering 16 points in one win against Indiana, and 17 in another. With Erik Spoelstra opting to play a smaller lineup, Haslem didn’t play in Game 6 of the Finals — after starting since early December — and logged just 1:37 in Game 7.

  

SHANE BATTIER

•  Signature playoff moment: Shooting 6 for 8 on three-point attempts and scoring 18 points (his Heat career playoff high) in Game 7 of the Finals.

•  Playoff averages: 4.7 points, 29 percent shooting overall, 29.5 percent on three-pointers.

•  Contract status: Due $3.27 million next season in the final year of his contract.

•  The last word: Battier shot a career-high 43 percent from three-point range during the regular season, so his dreadful playoff slump — he missed 59 of his first 76 threes — was as puzzling as it was exasperating. But he snapped out of it in spectacular fashion, hitting 9 of 12 threes in the last two games of the Finals.

  

MIKE MILLER

•  Signature playoff moment: Scored nine points, making all three of his three-point attempts, in the Game 2 win against San Antonio.

•  Playoff averages: 3.4 points, 46.7 percent shooting overall, 44.4 percent on three-pointers.

•  Contract status: Due $6.2 million next season and $6.6 million in 2014-15. But the Heat might use the amnesty provision on Miller in July, which removes his salary from Miami’s luxury tax obligations.

•  The last word: Miller transformed from an out-of-the-rotation afterthought during the season to a starter in the final four games of the Finals. And though he went scoreless in three of those four games, he chipped in 15 rebounds, five assists, four steals and just one turnover in those games, and his eight points were a big help in Game 6.

  

CHRIS ANDERSEN

•  Signature playoff moment: Produced 16 points (on 7-for-7 shooting), five rebounds and three blocks in just 18 minutes in Game 1 of the Indiana series.

•  Playoff averages: 6.4 points, 80.7 percent shooting, 3.8 rebounds, 1.1 blocks.

•  Contract status: Unrestricted free agent.

•  The last word: Andersen’s energy off the bench and uncanny ability to finish in the basket area were indispensible assets. He closed 46 for 57 from the field — after making 18 in a row at one point — and was the only natural “big man” in a lineup that devastated the Spurs during second-half stampedes in Games 2 and 6. After not playing in Games 4 and 5 of the Finals — the result of Spoelstra deciding to go small — Andersen left his fingerprints on Games 6 and 7.

  

NORRIS COLE

•  Signature playoff moments: Two 18-point games in the Chicago series, marked by 7-for-7 shooting from three-point range.

•  Playoff averages: 6.1 points, 48 percent shooting, 2.0 assists, 1.1 turnovers.

•  Contract status: Due $1.19 million next season, with a $2.15 million team option for 2014-15. Heat also can keep him for 2015-16 by extending a $3.2 million qualifying offer.

•  The last word: After erupting offensively early in the Bulls series, Cole’s shooting leveled off; he missed 16 of 22 attempts against the Spurs, and he didn’t play in the last two games of the Finals. But overall, the Heat was very pleased with his growth: He shot 17 of 32 on threes in the postseason, and he had an eight-game stretch — six against Indiana, two against San Antonio — with 15 assists and just one turnover. His on-the-ball defense was generally stout, though Tony Parker proved problematic.

  

JOEL ANTHONY

•  Signature playoff moment: Filling in for the suspended Andersen, Anthony had eight rebounds and three blocks in 29 minutes of the Game 6 loss at Indiana.

•  Playoff averages: 0.4 points (3-for-10 shooting), 1.5 rebounds. Appeared in 14 games but logged more than eight minutes only once.

•  Contract status: Due $3.8 million next season, with a $3.8 million player option for 2014-15.

•  The last word: Supplanted by Andersen in the rotation, Anthony played just 71 playoff minutes, many in garbage time, after logging 575 and 329 the previous two postseasons.

  

RASHARD LEWIS

•  Signature playoff moment: None. Never played more than eight minutes in any game.

•  Playoff averages: 1.5 points, 8-for-20 shooting.

•  Contract status: Lewis said he will exercise his $1.399 million option for next season, the last year on his contract.

•  The last word: Lewis was a seldom-used afterthought in the postseason, with Spoelstra instead opting to allot some of Battier’s minutes to Miller.

  

JAMES JONES

•  Signature playoff moment: None. Like Lewis, he never logged more than eight minutes in any game.

•  Playoff averages: 1.0 point, 3-for-7 shooting.

•  Contract status: Jones said he will exercise his $1.5 million player option for next season, the last year on his contract.

•  The last word: There was simply no room in the rotation this year, but Jones could have a more meaningful role next season if Miller is amnestied, as many expect.

  

JUWAN HOWARD

•  Signature playoff moment: Gave an impassioned halftime speech to help shake the Heat out of its malaise in Game 5 of the Pacers series. “He pretty much started getting into us,” Haslem said. “He threw a couple things.”

•  Playoff averages: Didn’t play.

•  Contract status: Unrestricted free agent.

•  The last word: Wasn’t added to the roster until March, spent nearly all of the playoffs in a suit, but still exited with his second ring in two years. Served as something of a coach-in-uniform, his voice commanding considerable respect in the locker room.

  

JARVIS VARNADO

•  Signature playoff moment: None.

•  Playoff averages: Didn’t play.

•  Contract status: Non-guaranteed $789,000 deal for next season. Will collect $250,000 if he makes the opening-night roster and $500,000 if he’s on the team on Dec. 15.

•  The last word: An interesting ride for the Heat’s 41st pick in the 2010 draft; he was cut by Miami in training camp, played a few weeks in the NBDL, spent two weeks with the Celtics around New Year’s, then joined the Heat for good Jan. 9. His playing time will come in summer league.

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