Written by The Associated Press
MIAMI (AP) — The season is looming and Miami coach Erik Spoelstra still doesn’t know which lineup will start games, or more importantly which grouping will be out there to finish off close games.
These sound like big problems.
Turns out, Spoelstra sees these as good things. The rotation decisions that he and his staff will have to make won’t be easy, which is a testament to Miami’s depth. And that depth — with virtually every key contributor from last year back — is why the Heat believe they not only should return to the playoffs but also contend in the Eastern Conference.
“That’s part of the strength of the roster, there’s a lot of guys with multi-skillsets and versatility,” Spoelstra said. “We want to explore all of them … there’s a lot of directions where this could go.”
Some of the starter picks are easy: Goran Dragic will be the point guard, Dion Waiters is the shooting guard and Hassan Whiteside is the center. Everything else is guesswork — James Johnson, Kelly Olynyk, Rodney McGruder, Justise Winslow, Tyler Johnson, Josh Richardson, Wayne Ellington, Okaro White and rookie Bam Adebayo all figure to somehow be in the rotation.