Louisville/Jefferson County, Kentucky 2021-10-20 19:19:07 –
Somewhere between self-confidence and optimism-the Miami Heat’s collective thinking is there when the franchise is ready to open the season against Milwaukee Bucks, who visited Thursday night.
The heat is built around Jimmy Butler, a point forward, and Bam Adebayo, a small ball center.
Butler, a five-time NBA All-Star, led the league in Steel last season. He also led the heat with points (21.5) and assists (7.1).
The 6-foot-9 Adebayo finished first in the heat with a rebound (9.0), averaging 18.7 points in his career last season. At the age of 24, he was already an All-Star and a two-time Second Team All-Defensive Player.
Butler and Adebayo are a big reason why Heat is so confident, but optimism is off with six all-star point guards Kyle Lowry, who believes he has a lot left in the tank at age 35. Focus on seasonal trading.
Last season, Raleigh averaged 17.2 points, 7.3 assists and 5.4 rebounds at the Toronto Raptors.
“Kyle is a great leader and extraordinary defender,” said Heat president Pat Riley. “He will bring great skills to carry out attacks and score.”
Heat also brought in two gritty defenders, PJ Tucker and Markieff Morris, as free agents to share time on the power forward.
Tucker, 36, is a former second-round pick from Texas and one of the most tenacious defenders in the game. Last season, £ 6-6, £ 245 helped Bucks win the NBA title and did a great defensive job at Devin Booker in Phoenix and Kevin Durant in Brooklyn.
Miami’s fifth starter is Duncan Robinson, a 6-7 shooting guard. Duncan Robinson scored 40.8% with 3 points last season, averaging 13.1 points. In the last two years, Robinson has been third in the league with three pointers.
Tyler Herro is Miami’s leading bench player.
Meanwhile, Bucks kicked off the season on Tuesday, beating Brooklyn Nets 127-104.
Bucks superstar Janis Adetokumpo scored 32 points, 14 rebounds and 7 assists. His most trusted buddy, Khris Middleton, scored 20 points and 9 rebounds as Bucks also collected the championship ring.
Milwalky’s point guard is Jrue Holiday, which is celebrating a big year. In addition to the NBA title, Holiday (and Middleton) won the Olympic gold medal in the summer. Holiday was also named to the NBA’s All-Defensive Team for the second time in his career.
Center Brook Lopez is Milwaukee’s fourth return starter. He was ranked 7th in the league with a total of 103 block shots and was a decent shooter with 3 points (33.8%).
Milwalky’s new starter is shooting guard Grayson Allen, who accounted for 39% of last season’s three-pointers.
The Bucks bench is headed by Jordane Wola, a 6-8 forward, a second-year player from Louisville who scored 15 points on Tuesday. Former Notre Dame star 6-5 shooting guard Pat Connaughton scored 20 points on Tuesday. Both are the original second round picks and bring energy.
In fact, an important new arrival, Allen, said he was impressed with the attitude of these veteran bucks players.
“No one is walking around here like we won last season’s championship,” Allen said. “No one is talking about MVPs, championships-none of them.”
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