By Adam Sznapstajler


I can say that in my life as a sports fan there have been two constants. First, is my football team’s inherent ability to disappoint me year in and year out. Just look at each of my weekly columns and you can see my tone go from optimistic to disappointed quickly.

There is one good constant, however, and that is the Miami Heat. For almost my entire life the Heat have been the poster child for organizational stability and culture. This has allowed the team to constantly retool and rebuild while remaining competitive. In this, there are a few seasons that have stood out from 2004 to 2012 and, more recently, the 2020 bubble season. I have a feeling the 2021-2022 Miami Heat are going to be one of those teams.

Led by a big three of Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo, and newcomer Kyle Lowry, the Heat also added power forwards PJ Tucker and Markieff Morris making them one of the toughest teams in the NBA. Despite boasting a powerful defense, the Heat also should expand their offensive arsenal this year. Duncan Robinson is one of the league’s best three-point shooters and Tyler Herro looks poised to take another step in his development this season.

However, the most important addition to the Heat’s offense is point guard Kyle Lowry. His ability to create offense will bring the most out of budding superstar Bam Adebayo, as well as hit some clutch shots and play great defense. Lowry’s ability to create offense around the post for Bam and get him open shots will supercharge an offense that truly needed it.

A big part of this is Bam’s readiness to take a leap. Coming off a gold medal Olympic performance, Bam seems determined to take the league by storm, showing an improved offensive game and gunning for the Defensive Player of the Year award he missed out on last year.

Oh, and I went this whole time not about talking about what Jimmy Butler brings to the team. That’s because he brings offensive and defensive consistency at an all star level every night. When he is not asked to carry the team offensively, he becomes exactly the piece the team needs.

I am excited for this Heat season and predict the will be the 4-seed in the East with a 50-32 record for the bettors out there.