Analysis Of The Miami Heat's Early Season

timothy michaelCorrespondent INovember 8, 2009

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The Miami Heat are (or is it 'is' since heat is singular) 5-1. I know there are 76 games left. However, there have been some changes from the previous seasons to make the NBA "experts" look stupid when they picked the Heat to finish fourth in the Southeast division.

Mario Chalmers is playing basically the same if not a little better from last year.

Dwade has been good but not as good as he was last year. He has missed a lot of shots, had some turnovers... Still, he's Dwade.

Q richardson's a big reason to Miami's early success. He's defending, rebounding, and making the three's that is given to him. A very pleasant and humongous suprise.

Beasley has improved. He is averaging more rebounds and has played better defense, but he still has a long way to go. Also, he has yet to have an offensive explosion this season. Hopefully, that will come soon.

Jermaine O'neal was unbelievable in the first two games and then came down to earth. That was to be expected. However, he IS still much better than last year. He is playing better D and it showed when he bothered Arenas just enough when it mattered the most. He also is trying harder to get rebounds. If he can average a double double, it will be amazing.

Udonis Haslem= speaking of double-doubles. This guy Is averaging a double double off the bench. I though he might really be upset that he is coming off the bench in his contract year, but he has embraced his role and is playing well. (Reminded me of Lamar Odom when he was demoted to the bench.) Perhaps he realized that his true role in the NBA is a backup PF. I mean I love Udonis but he won't be starting over Duncan or Bosh, you know?

Joel Anthony is still offensively challenged. however, he is a beast on the defensive end. Has numerous blocks and gets rebounds when it counts.

Carlos Arroyo has been great except for the foul trouble he got in guarding Arenas. Still, he is a good passer, decent defender, and can score. His jumpshot off the dribble has been VERY effective.

Daquan Cook has shown that he can shoot. Too bad he's hurt right now but hopefully he can improve even more to be Q and Dwade's backup.

Dorell Wright hasn't contributed much. But hey, he is on the court!