Rumors are swirling around the web that the Miami Heat is eyeing 5 free agent players who can help them improve their 3-point shooting skills. Although the Miami heat was doing better, finishing 27th in the last season in 3-point field goal percentage at 33.6 percent. But for the Heat these, all figures are not enough, today’s ballgames have evolved into something different where most NBA teams value the 3-point shots more than ever. They are now seeing the 3-point shots as a potentially deadly weapon, a kind of weapon that has the potential to win a game.
So how can this South beach team like the Miami Heat can improve their 3-point shooting season this offseason? The answer lies in the players, the Heat needs something very good, something that capable of hitting real 3-point shots. They need to seek the free agency markets, where they can get someone who can help improve their 3-point field goal percentage.
Miami needs to seek the free agency markets, where they can get someone who can help improve their 3-point field goal percentage. Going for free agency market would be a good idea for the team. Currently, there are five players set to become free agents this coming July that can help Miami achieve its goal.
Jared Anthony Dudley, a 6-foot 7-inches and 225 pounds small forward from Washington Wizards, could be an effective 3-point shooter for the Heat. Dudley has become one of the most reliable 3-point shooters in the NBA league today, making around 42-percent of his shots from long range last season. Dudley could come as an affordable target for the Heat, he made only less than $5 million per year over the last five seasons.
Standing 6-foot 5-inches and weighing 195 pounds, Jamal Crawford could be the perfect shooting guard. The Clippers shooting guard is one of the streakiest in the NBA league today. He has a career 34.9 percent shooter from 3-point range and known in the circle for his shooting skills. But Crawford would not an easy target for Heat, the LA Clippers shooting guard has made between $5 million and $6 million per year over the past four seasons. The Miami would need to dig deep into their wallet for this kind acquisition.
French-born Nicolas Batum is another potential target for Miami Heat that can help them in beefing up their 3-point shooting skills. The 6-foot 8-inches Charlotte Hornets shooting guard has been regarded by many in the NBA as a skilled defensive player, and one of the NBA’s best executors of the chase-down block. The chase-down block has always been a part of Batum’s game and it’s a terrible weapon for the Heat especially when they are playing defense. Currently, there are only two players in the 2012–13 season who did not play center or power forward had more blocks than Batum, it’s Houston Rockets’ Josh Smith and Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The 27-year-old shooting guard has a career 36 percent shooter from long range, but acquiring Batum could be expensive for the Heat, though, as he could command a max contract this offseason due to the increase in the NBA salary cap. Overall, it’s still a smart move for the Heat.
Forward Ryan Anderson is another key player for the Heat. The 28-years-old forward has been considered by many as one of the most dangerous shooters in the NBA league, finishing 10th among all NBA rookies in three-point field goal percentage. Anderson has a career 37.7 percent shooter from 3-point range.
The former New Orleans Pelicans has won the NBA Most Improved Player Award after making 16.1 points and 7.7 rebounds in 61 games. Anderson also led the NBA in both three-point field goals made and attempted, ranked seventh in free throw percentage, tied for 27th in three-point field goal percentage, and ranked 29th in rebounding and 33rd in scoring. This could be a tough deal for the Heat because the 28-years-old Anderson has made between $8 million to $9 million per year over past four seasons, but it’s attainable.
Kevin Durant has no longer comes as a big surprise for everyone, it’s already obvious. And if the Miami Heat managed to find a better way to lure Kevin Durant from Oklahoma City Thunder, he could be a potential game-changer for them. The 27-years-old, 6-foot 9-inches power forward has been known as one of the top scorers in the NBA today. Durant has an average of 28.8 points per game and has a career 38 percent shooter from 3-point range.
At the 2012 Olympic games, Durant sets the record for total points scored in the basketball tournament, averaging 19.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.6 steals per game. Not much information is known about Durant’s free agency plans, but most expect Durant to stay with the Thunder and sign a short-term contract.
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