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Who Can Help the Miami Heat in the Frontcourt in 2013-14? Part 1

July 5th, 2013 at 12:32 PM
By Ira Luke

The Miami Heat aren't going to make many changes heading into next season. But there was one area where they need to improve in if they expect to contend for a third straight NBA Championship. According to some sportsbooks, the Heat are favorites to win yet another title in "The Big Three" era in 2014. LeBron James has earned the nickname "1-5" for his ability to guard all positions, but if the team can beef up the frontcourt he can stay away from some of the centers that are willing to get physical in the paint.

There is definitely room for a player with a low post presence to add to the Heat's frontcourt after watching Chris Bosh get man-handled in the paint during most of the playoffs especially against the Indiana Pacers and the San Antonio Spurs.

Below is a list of the first two players that can help strengthen an already potent Heat roster.

1. Greg Oden

'AAAA5856' photo (c) 2008, Keith Allison - license: Oden is a former number one overall selection in the NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers but went quickly to "bust" material after multiple knee surgeries and a bout with depression. His age and height are attractive to most teams looking for a big man to clog the middle. At 7'0" and 250 pounds, he's an ideal fit for the Heat who are in need of more size in the interior.

According to reports, Oden is looking to cash in on a contract and will not give Miami a discount to join the team. He has already worked out for the Heat and Team President Pat Riley. The Heat are interested and will monitor his progress and his monetary demands. Theres no question that the defending champs could revive Oden's career especially when he has been fairly productive when he is on the court. His career averages are 9.4 points, 7.3 boards and 1.3 blocks per game.

2. Chris Andersen

Last season, Chris "Birdman" Andersen stepped in and played admirably by steadily contributing in a bench role and the team is poised to sign the energetic power forward who quickly became a fan favorite. He gave the team much needed boosts when taking the court, often infecting his teammates to play at a much higher level. In the playoffs, he was definitely aggressive and one to stick up for teammates. He helped the team's cohesion and was often a rebound or block away from bringing the crowd to its feet.

The Heat went 39-3 in the regular season after signing Andersen to two 10-day contracts before committing to him for the remainder of the season. His presence in the interior was exactly what Miami was missing. He could opt for a bigger payday and leave South Beach but he like many other members of the Heat have had to sacrifice a portion of their salary in order to be called a champion. Andersen and the Heat seem to be on the same page and it could bring "Birdman" back in 2014. It's almost a no-brainer to re-sign him and would be in the best interest of the team to make his return a definite and not a possibility.

Both players would be helpful and Miami already has a familiarity with Andersen and Oden has been working out for the team. There is no doubt there's a place for the two low post players on the roster though only one could make the cut.

Check out Sunday's installment to see who else the Heat could be looking to add to the frontcourt. 

Tags: Basketball, Chris Andersen, Greg Oden, Miami, Miami Heat, NBA

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