If one were to ask which NBA team was able to win the finals after trailing in three different series, what would you answer?
With their 2012 NBA championship safely tucked, it is easy to forget that the Miami Heat almost did not make it to the top. In truth, however, they are the only NBA team, to date, who was able to win the finals after being in the bottom for three different series. Most people see this “win” as having been brought about by the presence of the Big Three – Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, and LeBron James. Although LeBron James’ decision to go with Miami Heat was filled with intrigues and commentaries from different sides, at the end of the day, it can still be seen as a good move on the part of James.
Pat Riley, Miami Heat’s team president has been one to shy away from making major changes in the team roster, so much so that the guys that led to a championship in 2006 were pretty much the same in today’s line up. This is about to change, however.
Just recently, Miami Heat cemented their claim to the top spot by drafting Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis last July. Allen, Walter Ray Allen in real life, used to be part of such teams as Milwaukee Bucks, Seattle Supersonics, and Boston Celtics. He has to his credit 10 NBA-All Star as well as an Olympic gold medal having been part of the 2000US men’s basketball team. In 2001, he was also named the NBA Three-Point Shootout Champion. That being the case, he is credited as being one of the most accurate 3-point shooters and free throw shooters in NBA history. The Celtics’ 2008 championship was also credited in part to Allen’s efforts. With his transfer to Miami Heat, Allen literally stacked the favors of winning the championship against Boston Celtics, Miami Heat’s topmost rival in the Eastern conference. This came at a time when rumor mills have whispered about Allen’s differences with Rajon Rondo.
Rashard Lewis, on the other hand, used to play for New Orleans Hornets and was, at one point, Allen’s team mate in Seattle Supersonics. He was twice named as NBA All-Star (2005 and 2009).
With Allen and Lewis on their team, there is very little doubt that Miami Heat would, once again, take the crown. For one, if you are going to base in on a points-per-session, you would notice that Allen is one hell of an economic player having scored about 47.1% from a three-point range which roughly translates to about 2,718 3-point shots. It seems like Allen, even without the ball in his possession, would absolutely make sure that he finds an opening so that when the ball gets passed to him, he can easily make the shot. You might argue that Mike Miller was able to deliver three-point shots last season but, unfortunately, he lacks the consistency that Ray Allen has. Although Ray Allen has just come off an injury to his knee, it seems that, with LeBron James to back him up, he would be more productive this coming season.
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