Overlooked as a late-late-addition this season, Dorell Wright earned a ring from that 2006 Miami Heat team along with Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem. Per Wikipedia, "At the end of the year, he was the youngest member of the Heat's first NBA championship squad."
As noted on RipCityProject, "Wright is the only Blazer on the team with a championship ring (2006 with the Miami Heat). Even though he did not play much on that team, you can bet that he saw and learned exactly what goes into a successful, extended playoff run."
Dorell did not log any minutes in the 2006 postseason, but he witnessed the process firsthand. Now with several years under his belt, he displayed that experience by scoring eight points in his brief time on the court in the first game versus the Hornets.
Well-liked by Haslem and Wade, Wright could be the x-factor in the playoffs, if he gains the trust of Erik Spoelstra to get more playing time as the series become tougher, because only the strong survive as the weaker teams get eliminated. Dorell is no stranger to the ups-and-downs of tournament action, which he shared with Dwyane and Udonis in that glorious year. They are the new, not so "Big Three" in the 2016 edition of the Miami Heat.
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If Wright is the x-factor, then Justise Winslow may become the y-factor with his intense performances versus the Celtics and Hornets. In Boston he grabbed seven rebounds and played with a ferociousness reminiscent of his NCAA title run. The following game in Miami, Justise was not to be denied in making his impact on the game.
Winslow has turned his play up a few notches as the stakes are raised. From his history of being in games where the losers go home, he seems to relish moments others find intimidating. Unexpected as it seemed during the season, Coach K may have been right that Winslow could become another Wade, because they both share the same winner's mentality. The skill set is not there yet, but his intangible contributions are already being felt.
Hassan Whiteside going for, not just the Defensive Player of the Playoffs, but the MVP of the playoffs, could be the Heat's z-factor. Hassan has not yet grasped the concept that awards are based on leadership, as well as numbers.
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The second-season MVP will be the player who leads his team to the championship trophy, as Andre Iguodala did last year for the Warriors and Wade for the 2006 Heat. Awards will remain elusive for Hassan as long as he remains a follower instead of a leader.
(Speaking of W's, as in wins, the Heat could field an eclectic team of players whose surnames start with a W: Wade, Briante Weber, , Winslow, and Wright. They might be a NBA oddity of 5 W players on the court together for the same team. Incidentally, the great Heat teams with LeBron James, or any other squad in their history for that matter, never scored more than the 123 points in the playoffs Miami put up versus the Hornets.)
The addition of Dorell Wright looms as one of Pat Riley's signature under-the-radar moves, which go unnoticed until the results begin to show up later on.
Besides Wright, Winslow might break out to lead the Heat's championship charge with his RunningManChallenge moves (along with his sister Bianca via instagram).