2015-16 Record:48-34 (T-1st in Southeast Division; T-3rd in Eastern Conference)
Key Additions: Dion Waiters, James Johnson, Derrick Williams
Key Losses: Dwyane Wade, Luol Deng, Joe Johnson
The first time the Miami Heat take the floor in the 2016-17 season will be an odd one. For the first time since the 2003-04 season, Dwyane Wade will not be leading the Heat into battle. The squad that takes the floor that night will be a far cry from the one that eliminated the Charlotte Hornets from the playoffs last season.
2016 Game 7
Hornets @ Heat
Opening Night Lineup
|Goran Dragic||PG||Goran Dragic|
|Dwyane Wade||SG||Tyler Johnson|
|Joe Johnson||SF||Justise Winslow|
|Luol Deng||PF||Chris Bosh|
60 percent of Miami's starting lineup will have changed, as Wade, Luol Deng and Joe Johnson have all moved on, and one of the projected starter's career status (Chris Bosh) remains...well, murky at best.
So the upcoming season will be one of transition in South Beach. Hassan Whiteside is the team's new $98 million man, Goran Dragic will be expected to carry the scoring load and still no one knows for sure what to expect with Chris Bosh.
To try to make sense of everything that went down this offseason, I asked Matt Pineda of Hot Hot Hoops a few questions on Miami's offseason and the new look Heat.
If you are looking for a further information on the Heat, Pineda broke down their roster position-by-position.