In 2013, the Miami Heat repeated and defeated the San Antonio Spurs in a dramatic series, with Ray Allen’s historical shot to save the series and eventually force a Game 7.
With LeBron James leading the way and having an incredible ‘partner in crime’ in Dwyane Wade, the Miami Heat became the best team in the NBA in 2012-2013. Their unstoppable duo to go along with Chris Bosh at the power forward position, Ray Allen off the bench and a solid Mario Chalmers gave them a lot of ‘weapons’ to work with. Udonis Haslem, Norris Cole, Chris Andersen gave depth off the bench which was something special about this team for coach Eric Spoelstra.
In 2012 the Heat had defeated Durant’s, Westbrook’s and Harden’s Oklahoma City Thunder and in 2013 they had to take on the challenge of facing an exceptional coached San Antonio Spurs’ team. They succeeded and won their second consecutive title. Since then, however, the team did not function well, got defeated by the Spurs in 2014 by a record total points margin and the players found their way. Fadeaway World brings you the 2013 starting line-up for the Heat and where are they now in terms of their basketball careers.
Mario Chalmers was a solid point guard for coach Spoelstra and remains one solid point guard for the Memphis Grizzlies. In the Finals in 2013, Chalmers averaged 10.6 points per game. Chalmers in 2015 played for the Memphis Grizzlies and this year he has started off well averaging 8.2 points per game in the 23.8 minutes he averages per contest. He can still knock down mid-range jumpers, three-point shots, and floaters and will be an important piece in Memphis’ nearest future.
After winning his third title in Miami, Wade decided to join the Chicago Bulls before uniting forces with LeBron James this off-season and hoping for a fourth title in his career. In 2013, Wade was crucial for the Heat as he averaged 19.6 points per game, and making clutch and important shots down the stretch for his team. At 35 years of age, Wade is coming off the bench for coach Lue in Cleveland to replace J.R. Smith.
In Chicago, Wade was not successful as he and Butler could not function with the Bulls’ system and the other players. He wanted a new challenge in his career and this is why this summer he decided to join the Cleveland Cavaliers and go for another championship run with his friend and the best player in the world LeBron James. Even though he is coming off the bench, he will be needed in crunch time situations as he is considered one of the best clutch players in the game. His experience and mentality on and off the court will also help the Cavaliers this season.
Shane Battier’s experience in the Miami Heat locker room back in 2013 was something that boosted the young players and helped them succeed as his mentality was something special that could affect the game in many ways and not just with his three-point shots. A really good spot-up shooter finished his career in Miami in 2014 but enjoyed the two titles in his career next to LeBron James and Dwayne Wade. For the NBA Finals in 2013, Battier shot an exceptional 44.4% from downtown, while averaging 5.6 points per game.
LeBron James was the best player and MVP of the Finals in 2013 and still remains the best player in the world. After the 2013 title, he remained with the Heat for one more year and then decided to join the Cleveland Cavaliers. In his final year in his contract, LeBron remains in Cleveland and hopes for another championship run after his successful one in 2016.
In 2013, he was unstoppable averaging 25.3 points, 10.9 rebounds and 7.0 assists per game while playing a heavy 43 minutes per contest. His experience to go along with his all-around perfect game, his basketball IQ, his passing, his ability to score the basketball in many ways but also his hard-work, mentality and winning passion make him one of the best players of all-time. This year with the Cavaliers, he hopes to have a successful year with his friend Wade in town and help Cleveland win their second title in three years.
Even though his numbers in the 2013 Finals were not that impressive — 11.9 points and 8.9 rebounds — he managed to be really important in key moments down the stretch for the Miami Heat, and also be crucial on the defensive side of the court with key plays on the Spurs’ players.
Bosh lost the second half of the 2014-2015 NBA season as the doctors found out that he had thrombosis in the blood, while in 2015 in his lungs and 2016 in his calf. These health issues, unfortunately, could not let Bosh play another NBA game even though he has previously stated that he would want more than anything to return to the court and play the game he loves. After being examined by doctors, his health is really important and he could not risk playing basketball professionally, but still remains a free agent. His health, however, is the most important thing, which is something above everything.