An Early Look at Possible Miami Heat Reserve Rotations

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Mar 27, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Los Angeles Clippers forward

Danny Granger

(33) dribbles the ball between Dallas Mavericks guard

Vince Carter

(25) and forward

Jae Crowder

(9) during the second half at the American Airlines Center. The Clippers won 109-103. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

1st Substitution: Danny Granger in for Dwyane Wade

Lineup on the floor: Chalmers/Granger/Deng/McRoberts/Bosh


While Wade is expected to play a significant number of games this season, there will still be a need to preserve his health as the season goes on. Even if he starts 70+ games as projected (hoped for?), he’ll need bouts of rest, both in between and during games.

Here’s where the veteran Granger can contribute as the Heat’s 6th man.

He won’t make mistakes, can help space the floor better than Wade can and still gives the team an experienced scorer. The team will feature a lineup of five shooters with this lineup, averaging no less than 33% (Bosh) from 3-point range last season. This could be deadly.

Possible caveat: A monkey wrench to throw into this plan is the reported interest in guard Leandro Barbosa. He could find himself as the first player off the bench if he signs with Miami. And this wouldn’t be a problem at all. Although he’s in his 12th season in the NBA, Barbosa still shoots the ball very well and has deceptive stop-and-go speed, shifting gears in traffic to get to the rim.