3 ways in which Miami Heat can line up in the 2021-22 NBA season

Brenden Nunes

#2 Improving on last year's best

Miami Heat's Duncan Robinson and Jimmy <a href='' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer'>Butler</a>
Miami Heat's Duncan Robinson and Jimmy Butler

Of all lineups with a minimum of 50 total minutes for the Miami Heat last season, Jimmy Butler, Duncan Robinson, Tyler Herro, Kelly Olynyk, and Bam Adebayo recorded the best net rating at 17.8.

Olynyk has departed for Detroit, but PJ Tucker should be able to to fill his role of a spacing four while also supplying superior defense. That leaves a lineup of Butler, Robinson, Herro, Tucker and Adebayo.

Butler, Herro and Adebayo are capable of initiating the offense and maintaining ball movement, while Duncan Robinson remains a permanent threat running around screens.

While Tucker does not have the same offensive versatility off the bounce as Olynyk, he is a knockdown three-point shooter and potent defender. No need to change a good thing, and Tucker feels like the most likely candidate to fill the Olynyk hole in this Miami Heat lineup.

#1 Focussing on offensive versatility

Miami Heat v Houston Rockets
Miami Heat v Houston Rockets

The final intriguing Miami Heat lineup is Kyle Lowry, Tyler Herro, Victor Oladipo, Jimmy Butler and PJ Tucker. Offensive versatility is the focus here with enough spacing to allow ideal driving lanes for the driving threats of Lowry, Oladipo, and Butler.

Penetrating is the name of the game as everyone aside from PJ Tucker is a threat with the ball in their hands. If Oladipo can make progress towards returning to his pre-injury form then there is an encouraging downhill threat in this lineup.

Bam Adebayo may be more versatile than Tucker on offense, but a lineup with all three of Bam, Oladipo and Butler could have some spacing concerns. Especially without the inclusion of Duncan Robinson.

While the aforementioned trio aren't great shooters, they remain capable and rim pressure creates open perimeter shots. All three should be happy to take open threes while on the floor, even if the numbers aren't notably impressive.

Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra should have some fun experimenting with lineup possibilities for the 2021-22 season.

Edited by Arnav Kholkar
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