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Miami Heat look to upgrade point guard position?

Posted on: October 31, 2010 5:45 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:17 pm
 
The Miami Heat are reportedly interested in trading for a point guard before this year's trade deadline. Posted by Ben Gollivercarlos-arroyo There aren't many question marks on the Miami Heat these days, not with perennial all stars Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh in the starting lineup. But the point guard position does seem to be of some concern when assessing Miami's ability to win a title this season.  Heat coach Erik Spoelstra has named Carlos Arroyo the starting point guard, and while Arroyo has looked fine during the Heat's 3-1 start, he's being judged against the high standard set by Boston's Rajon Rondo and Orlando's Jameer Nelson, the two teams Miami that will stand between Miami and the NBA Finals. Adding to the fact that Arroyo doesn't possess top end talent, questions are circling about his backup, Mario Chalmers. Spoelstra recently told Ira Winderman of the Sun-Sentinel that Chalmers would not be a part of the Heat's regular rotation for the time being.
When it comes to point guards, Erik Spoelstra's focus is singular. The Miami Heat coach said Sunday that he likely will utilize only one per game for the foreseeable future.
For now, that has Carlos Arroyo in the starting lineup and Mario Chalmers on the outs. Otherwise, Spoelstra said he would turn to LeBron James and Dwyane Wade as his primary ballhandlers.
"I'm only playing one point guard now," Spoelstra said before Sunday's game against the New Jersey Nets at the Prudential Center. "And that is Carlos. And I'm divvying up the rest of the minutes between LeBron and Dwyane with our shooters."
ESPN's Ric Bucher proposes one solution: trade Chalmers and change prior to this season's trade deadline for an upgrade at the point guard position, thereby solidifying the positional depth and potentially finding a replacement at starter for Arroyo.
From Bucher: "Two different team executives said they expect the Heat to dangle $3 million and second-year PG Mario Chalmers to a lottery-bound team looking to shed the long-term contract of a mid-priced spot-up shooting PG. Riley's objective is to find another shooter to space the floor, a la BJ Armstrong or John Paxson in their Chicago days playing alongside Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen." Bucher lists Toronto's Jarrett Jack and Cleveland's Daniel Gibson as potential targets.
The Raptors could be open to moving one of their point guards, as there aren't sufficient minutes for both Jack and Jose Calderon. But Jack seems the better fit for the new-look Raptors, who are building for the future around young athletes like DeMar DeRozan and Ed Davis. If he was available, though, Jack, who was college roommates with Bosh at Georgia Tech, would be a solid upgrade over Arroyo for the Heat and he possesses the size and quickness to make both Rondo and Nelson work. He isn't a pure knockdown shooter in the Paxson mold, however.  Gibson better fits the space-clearing spot-up shooter role, but his overall game isn't nearly what Arroyo's is, so he would simply be a marginal improvement over Chalmers. Gibson does have the added benefit of familiarity with James during their time together in Cleveland, but that relationship isn't going to stop Rondo in crunch time. Surely, the Heat will have other options come trade deadline season. Miami could well discover that once wing Mike Miller returns healthy the need for shooting from the point guard position isn't as severe. That could make Jack, or a Jack-like point guard with size and quickness on the defensive end, the right fit.
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Since: Jan 28, 2010
Posted on: November 1, 2010 4:38 pm
 

Miami Heat look to upgrade point guard position?

Arroyo is a decent player. Chalmers has way more upside. Once you get in Spoelstra's doghouse you never get out.



Since: Oct 12, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2010 11:33 am
 

Miami Heat look to upgrade point guard position?

LeBron just disappears when things get tough, does not make his teammates better, and lacks killer instinct.


yikes...holy innaccurate batman!


Lebron makes all of his teammates better...all of them...his ability to get to the tin, and his ability to distribute the ball like a top rate PG make EVERYONE on the floor better...PERIOD

lacks killer instinct? you are aware he led the league the past few seasons in 4th quarter points, led the league in buckets in 1 score games with less than 1 shot clock left...

you are aware of all of this right???



Since: Apr 9, 2010
Posted on: November 1, 2010 6:12 am
 

Miami Heat look to upgrade point guard position?

LeBron just disappears when things get tough, does not make his teammates better, and lacks killer instinct. The Cavs had the best record the last two years, but can't get in the Finals? Look no further than game 5 against Boston last year where he was already talking about the summer and just came off a 3-14 shooting performance. Now, this is not a problem. He rely on Wade or Bosh to pick up the slack in thr 4th quarter.



Since: Oct 12, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2010 12:52 am
 

Miami Heat look to upgrade point guard position?

the cavs had 4 players on that team that had made the all star team before


u sir are an idiot..."BEFORE"...what the hell does that have to do with anything? so becasue SHaq was one of the best Centers the league has ever seen from like 1993 -2003 that he is going to be a stud in 2009??? he averaged like 11 points and 6 rebounds last year bro...he was a league average role player...nothing more......period...he is not a legit #2 or #3 guy on any true title contender

2. Antwn Jamison is one of the most overrated players the NBA has seen in abotu 20 years...tlak to anyone who knows anything about the NBA and they will tel you the same

3. name all the top teams in the NBA last year...ill bet my house on the fact that every #2 best player on top teams was better than Mo Williams...where does he rank for PG's in the NBA last year?

in no particular order...

Chris Paul
Deron Willimas
Steve Nash
Rajon Rondo
Jason Kidd
Derek Fisher
Greg Jennings
Derek Rose
Tyreke Evans
Curry
Billups
Westbrook
Nelson

you may argue a few of these guys off this list...but i also may have missed 1-2 guys as well...point is that Mo Williams is somewhere in the middle of the league of the 30 or so starting point guards...again...average...and if he is your #2 or #3, you are not a good roster...



Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2010 12:09 am
 

Miami Heat look to upgrade point guard position?

So the cavs had a bad roster? are you stupid? the cavs had 4 players on that team that had made the all star team before in Shaq, Mo, and Antawn Jamison.  the cavs did not have a bad roster dumb ass. you don't win 60+ games with just one player.



Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2010 11:55 pm
 

Miami Heat look to upgrade point guard position?

It would have to be a sweet deal for Toronto to part with Jack. On the other hand Calderon could be had but likely the Heat would not be interested.

I think that Riley recognizes a few achiles heals that are surfacing with the mighty Heat. Let's say that either Lebron or Wade get injured and are out for lets say 10- 15 games. That means that neither would be available to cover the point because the healthy one would be playing big minutes on the wing. Then the pressure is on Arroyo and Chalmers to carry the load and matched up against lets say Rondo- it would be tough sledding and Miami's lack of size would be further exposed by the dominant point guard on the Celtics or other teams. So this move makes sense and would be huge in shoring up a possible weak spot.



Since: Oct 12, 2007
Posted on: October 31, 2010 11:46 pm
 

Miami Heat look to upgrade point guard position?

he has one of the best point guards in the NBA on his roster...hsi name is Lebron James


1) this guy has made a career over the better part of a decade at averaging about 7 assists (rough guess) per game and it was eficient too, it wasnt as if he had gaudy turnover numbers....all while still carrying the load of scoring 25-35 per night in order for his team to win...

2) he has the court vision, the ball handling ability, at 6'8 he moves like he is 6'0, he has never really shown that he minds dishing the ball around to get people invloved....

3) when Mo Willimas went down last year for the Cavs, Lebron played the point and averaged liek 11 assists per game over a fairly lenghty stretch...

so what is the problem here? with a bad Cavs roster outside of himself, he averaged 20+ points and 10+ assists when he ran the point guard position in Williams' absence...i think he could easily manage very very similar numbers on a team with Wade and Bosh shooting the ball instead of Delonte West and Antawn Jamison


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