The continued intense sessions in the practice facility points to creating a Miami Heat team from a group of men, instead of having a bunch of players on the floor, who will allow easy baskets when communication between them breaks down.
The Miami Herald's Barry Jackson writes in his sports buzz column that Josh McRoberts remains part of the Heat's plan next season.
"Though he was mentioned in trade rumors previously, the Heat has indicated to Josh McRoberts’ camp that he’s in the team’s plans for this season, his agent said, adding Miami called to go over his offseason training and make sure everyone is on the same page."
Later he says...
"But the Heat will need to dump someone with a guaranteed deal if it wants to keep point guard Briante Weber."
With little time left to get into playing condition for the 2016-17 season, could that player be Chris Bosh? Getting a team to work as a unit needs reps, and more reps until every play on the court happens instinctively, without thinking.
Finally Jackson has this thought on free agents:
"Basketballinsiders.com reports that Blake Griffin fully intends to re-sign with the Clippers when he becomes a free agent next summer. Though a lot could change in a year, keep this in mind: If that's true, then there might not be a single star player that the Heat has a real shot to land next summer, with Kevin Durant, Steph Curry and Chris Paul all considered longshots for Miami."
That's a lot of information to digest. The lack of recent generational free agent signings, plus the development of quality players from within may signal a new approach to team building based on the Heat's talented scouting department.
More from inside the practice gymhttps://t.co/GAZP0RycV2— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) August 24, 2016
The figures on possessions, per 36 minutes, below show Derrick Williams could be the Heat's leading scorer after Bosh. Last season Justise Winslow seemed averse to attempt field goals during games, which was an item he worked on in the summer league.
FGA = Field Goals Attempted, FGM = Field Goals Made, TOV = Turnovers, PF = Personal Fouls, LostP = Lost Possessions (FGM - FGA - TOV - PF); REB = Rebounds, STL = Steals, GainP = (REB +STL), SUM = LostP + GainP, PTS = Points Scored, TOTAL = SUM + POINTS
2016 Summer League gave a chance to compare how Richardson and Winslow would do against much easier competition. Unfortunately their numbers were underwhelming for the three games they were in, while the Heat's designated NBA D-league players held their own. Just like college basketball though, once in the NBA, stellar figures from college, international teams, or D-league don't guarantee a spot on a team's roster.
By adapting to each player's unique strengths and weaknesses, the Heat could develop a sustainable competitive homegrown team. Perhaps many player's abilities were not used correctly in their earlier stops with other teams, which works to the Heat's advantage if they have breakout performances in Miami living up to their potential.