Analyzing the Heat’s Big Men

The Heat are stacked when it comes to the 1-4 (PG-PF), but the real problem has been the 5, aka the center spot. So far, Joel Anthony has taken the job and been the Heat’s starting center for the first half of the season. He fights for rebounds and gets blocks, but unfortunately he doesn’t have the size to bang down low with the league’s best big men. This article is an in-depth look at the Heat’s depth at the center position and what they can do to improve.

Joel Anthony: No Miami Heat fan can hate on what Joel Anthony has done. He has given Miami energy that they would not have if it weren’t for him, but he doesn’t do enough to belong in the starting lineup. His lack of size and scoring really diminish his value and it may be time to look for a new center.

Dexter Pittman: Young, big, and aggressive. He has shown that he can score and play defense, but is he really the guy to take the Heat’s starting 5 spot? Spo is hesistant, but has been giving him more minutes. Pittman has produced, but whether the Heat are committed to him or trading him is the question.

Eddy Curry: I was all for the Heat signing Curry, but in the minutes he has gotten, he just hasn’t produced. The chances of him regaining his first-round pick form are slim, but if the Heat are willing to give him a chance, Spo should start to give him more minutes.

Mickell Gladness: The Heat kept him on the roster for the beginning of the season, but cut him twice this season. They decided on Friday to cut him for good and he is no longer with the team. It’s a shame because he never really got a chance, but you have to trust Pat Riley and what he is doing.

So, what are the options?

Well, realistically, the Heat’s best option is to try and trade for Chris Kaman or Chris “Birdman” Andersen. The problem would be giving up solid bench players such as Mike Miller or Udonis Haslem to get them. New Orleans would expect good players for Kaman, but Denver just wants expiring contracts, which would make Birdman a possibility.

Another option is to sign Rasheed Wallace. Rumor has it that he tried out for the Heat last week, and while he may not be a center, he would give Miami an aggressive force in the paint. His tenacity and aggressiveness would definitely benefit Miami. Whatever happens, it is definitely a fact that Miami needs help at the center position.

Tags: 5 Center Dexter Pittman Eddy Curry Joel Anthony Miami Heat Mickell Gladness NBA Spoelstra

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