The Miami Heat An All-Time Great Team...Not So Fast
Now originally I was going to wait until after this year's NBA Finals before writing this but I decided since everyone else couldn't even wait for the end of the regular season before making their declarations, I figured even if they won it wouldn't change my point of view on the subject. That subject being: are the Heat one of NBA's greatest teams of all time? Let me quickly give my answer, no. They have one of the greatest players of all-time in LeBron James & a future Hall of Famer in Dwayne Wade, but after Chris Bosh, who has shown to be a good solid player but not a superstar, they are a very flawed team.
When you start to rank the all-time great teams over the last 30-40 years that list contains, the Willis Reed led Knicks, the Magic Johnson led Lakers teams of the 80s, same as the Larry Bird led Celtics teams, the Bad Boy Pistons teams, the Moses Malone led 76ers, Shaq & Kobe's Lakers, Jordan's Bulls teams & the Spurs '05 & '07 teams. The one thing all those teams shared was a lack of flaws.
Having someone who can score from 8' & in with their back to the basket, affects how the defense will guard you. A low post game opens up lanes for slashers & creates space for shooters. Even a token post game like the Bulls had will affect the defense. I don't have any verbal confirmation from the Zen Master, Mr. Phil Jackson himself, but I've theorized that they would post a guy like Cartwright early in each half just to see how the defense reacts to it. Then, later in the game they could put the best player in the world on the blocks & guys like Steve Kerr, John Paxson, Bill Wennington, Luc Longley etc etc, would be wide open for face up jumpers. Even an all-time great like Dr. J couldn't win a title until the 76ers got Moses Malone to dominate in the post. Before that, they never could get past the Celtics or Lakers while both teams could feed 2 of the best low post players ever in Kareem Abdul-Jabbar & Kevin McHale. The 76ers just couldn't match up using Darryl Dawkins & Caldwell Jones.