Starter: James Johnson
Bench: Justise Winslow, Bam Adebayo, Udonis Haslem, Yante Maten (Two-Way)
Keep the athleticism and versatility coming. Johnson was last year’s starter, and will probably start the year there, but this should be Winslow’s throne at some point this year. Headed into year four, it feels like Winslow has been a bit of a disappointment, but he might finally be starting to put effective shooting together, and he’s still a 6-foot-4 wing that can play full-time against bigs, allowing the Heat to fully flesh out their aggressive defense. He’s in a contract year, so this should be a breakout year for the former Blue Devil.
Johnson, meanwhile, seems happy with his role whether he’s starting or not, providing the team’s spark on defense and he’s really blossomed as a secondary playmaker over the past few seasons, averaging 3.8 assists per game last year. He’ll be around to provide more powerful dunks, promising defense, and Bloodsporty antics.
Bam Adebayo and Kelly Olynyk will spend some time at the four as well, although that may go away throughout the season if the other young wings evolve to let Miami play smaller. Adebayo is probably more suited to play the four next to Olynyk, as he’s the more switchy big that can handle defending down a position.
Finally, Heat Assistant Coach Udonis Haslem returns to the roster again. He has held this dual role with the team since 2014.