3 Heat rivals that are primed to take a leap next season

The Miami Heat haven't gotten much better, yet several of their biggest rivals have made big additions this summer.
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New York Knicks 

Jalen Brunson has formed the New York Knicks into contender status over the last couple of years. Led by Brunson’s talents, the Knicks have implemented a winning culture. They were eliminated in seven games against the Indiana Pacers in the second round, but the injury bug simply stunted the team’s potential. 

The Knicks seemed to be a great matchup against the eventual champion Boston Celtics until health limited their playoff run. Not only did New York keep their Brunson, Julius Randle and Josh Hart core together, but they also brought in reinforcements. Mikal Bridges was acquired in a trade with the Brooklyn Nets, along with re-signing OG Anunoby at the start of free agency.

New York is hoping that the Bridges trade is the piece that can push them over the hump, and rightfully so. Bridges averaged 19.6 points and 4.5 rebounds for the Nets a year ago and appeared in every game of the season. Outside of the marquee names, they still have a strong supporting cast with Mitchell Robinson, Deuce McBride and Donte DiVincenzo. 

The Knicks front office has bought into this core. When healthy, they have versatility, depth and are led by a legit superstar in this league.

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