Should the Miami Heat Add Another Trio—Iverson, McGrady, and Shaq?

Geremy GrahamCorrespondent IJuly 21, 2010

PHOENIX - FEBRUARY 15:  Allen Iverson #1 of the Eastern Conference smiles during the 58th NBA All-Star Game, part of 2009 NBA All-Star Weekend at US Airways Center on February 15, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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As Miami looks to fill up its roster, maybe they should consider adding the top three veterans still available.

And although Allen Iverson, Tracy McGrady, and Shaquille O'Neal are all beyond their primes, they are still capable of providing solid minutes to a Miami Heat team with few options on the bench.

If you look at the starting lineup it is going to look something like this:

PG: Mario Chalmers

SG: Dwayne Wade

SF: Lebron James

PF: Chris Bosh

C:  Zydrunas Ilgauskas

That is a powerful starting lineup capable of running away with games due to their overwhelming amount offensive threats and superior defensive presence.

But what happens once these players need a breather?

Udonis Haslem and Juwan Howard provide the option to replace either Chris Bosh or Lebron James, but only sparingly.

Haslem is a hybrid player who is capable of playing either the small forward or power forward position. He gives you options.

Howard is a natural power forward and a 16-year veteran, who brings experience, but not a ton of quality minutes.

The Heat have picked up Mike Miller, who is a good replacement for either Wade or James as they catch breathers from time to time.

Miller, an above average shooter with good size at the guard position standing 6'8" frame, averaged 48 percent from behind the three-point arc last season with the Washington Wizards, proving his consistency in his long range game.

It should be mentioned that the Heat have their two rookies who are worth mentioning here as well: Desean Butler from West Virginia and Dexter Pittman, the big man out of Texas.

With these two, they have another option at the small forward position in Butler and one of their only options at the center position in Pittman.

With this being said, that gives the Heat three players who can contribute, two rookies who have yet to prove themselves in the NBA, and not much else.

This is where Allen Iverson, Tracy McGrady, and Shaquille O'Neal can provide much needed minutes at the guard and center positions.

Allen Iverson is a perfect fit in Miami as a veteran who is experienced at both the point and shooting guard positions, capable of providing sparks while players like Wade and Chalmers are getting rest.

All championship teams have a solid bench that doesn't lose the lead when called upon. It is a very important aspect of a great team and the Heat cannot rely on Wade, James, and, Bosh all the time.

Most of the time, but not all the time.

Tracy McGrady brings you the option of either a shooting guard or small forward and is ready to contribute to a good team—no more Houston Rockets or New York Knicks.

He is not the prolific scorer he once was, but neither is Iverson and they are both capable of keeping a lead and controlling the game when called upon.

Shaquille O'Neal is another perfect fit for Miami because they don't have many options at the center position besides Zydrunas Ilgauskas.

Maybe Jamaal Magloire, but adding Shaq would add some security for the Heat.

Just his presence alone in the middle of the floor intimidates and provides openings for other players because you know teams are still going to put bodies on Shaq if he's in the game.

He's still capable of getting rebounds and points inside the paint. Shaq may be past his prime, but he can still be effective.

I'm not saying these three are going to join the Heat and resurrect their careers with All-Star performances.

But these guys are out with something to prove, and they are ready to contribute to a Miami Heat team who has already shown their commitment to winning a championship.

Iverson, McGrady, and O'Neal bring experience and leadership to the locker room, and the Heat would benefit from acquiring this veteran trio.

The Miami Heat have already one of the most talent sqauds in NBA history—imagine if they could get even better.


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