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How the Heat made the grade in 2021-22: Adebayo to Yurtseven, Butler to Robinson

How The Heat Made The Grade In 2021-22: Adebayo To Yurtseven, Butler To Robinson

It was back in the marathon for the Miami Heat, 106 games when counting the preseason, regular season, and postseason.

There were high-water marks of trailing Atlanta Hawks and Philadelphia 76ers in the playoffs, and the low ebb of four losses of 20 or more during the regular season and then the final buzzer that ended it at the FTX Arena on Sunday night. , with a Game 7 loss to the Boston Celtics.

The uniform first lasted on 4 October, did not land until 29 May.

The way that ugly March night had COVID, injuries and Eric Spoelstra vs Jimmy Butler vs Udonis Haslem.

But, in the end, one of the last four teams standing in the NBA, back in the Eastern Conference Finals, is no longer able to be overlooked at the national level.

It was classified as a unique and special season.

So looking back, look ahead and summarize the contributions by letter of bookkeeping for 2020-21.

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bomb adebayo

grade: a-.

age: Turned 25 on 18 July.

2022-23 Salary: $30.4 million, with three additional seasons on contract.

What we learned: One of the NBA’s most versatile defenders became even more versatile for any challenge posed by Spoelstra or opposing coaches. Few, if any, in the NBA are clever at switches or face-to-face challenges.

What we need to know: That’s a more believable offensive game. This is what separates Adebayo from the next level. At this point it is almost an enigma as to how there can be so much passion, aggression, decisiveness on one end of the court and extended passivity at the other.

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Jimmy Butler

grade: a.

age: turned 33 on September 14

2022-23 Salary: $37.7 million, with three additional seasons on contract, the final player option.

What we learned: That even when Jimmy Butler wants to be the best player on the court, he still has the ability, as his successful playoff moments proved. When healthy and busy, there are some better two-way players even at their age.

What we need to know: Can such efforts be continued as the odometer continues to wear and tear? The concern is whether all-time Jimmy Butler is a thing of the past, as it is a matter of choosing his moments, as he showed up in the playoffs.

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Dwayne Deadman:

grade: C.

age: He turned 33 on 12 August.

2022-23 Salary: free agent, after earning the NBA minimum this season. Heat hold bird rights, able to exceed salary-limit to re-sign.

What we learned: Even when a larger body is needed, Dedmon has the ability to blast, flip and sink. In many ways, he still stands as the quintessential old school back-up Big Man.

What we need to know: Is such a role still necessary in today’s NBA, in which the Celtics dropped Deadmon out of the mix in the series finale stages? How the Heat choose to play next could go a long way toward determining Deadmon’s Miami future.

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udonis haslem

grade: 83 (Haslem’s total minutes this season, including none in the playoffs.)

age: He turned 42 on June 9.

2022-23 Salary: free agent, after earning the NBA minimum this season. Heat hold bird rights, able to exceed salary-limit to re-sign.

What we learned: Teammates and coaching staff still swear by his presence.

What we need to know: If there remains a place on the roster to carry Haslem, as opposed to a contributor or developmental project.

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tyler harrow

grade: B+.

age: Turned 22 on January 20.

2022-23 Salary: $5.7 million, with an extension window before the start of the next season, otherwise the free agent banned in the 2023 off-season.

What we learned: Showing the ability to do something else, Hero excelled in his sixth-man role. Yes, there are defensive issues, but scoring has removed such concerns, will continue to do so and will continue to do so. Always happens, especially for sixth men.

What we need to know: Is the next step, the potential to emerge as an All-Star-level starter? It’s an answer that may need to be determined quickly, with Hero’s expansion window open this off-season.

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heywood highsmith

grade: incomplete.

age: Turns 26 on 9 December.

2022-23 Salary: $1.7 million team option.

What we learned: Highsmith had his moments when the Heat roster was devastated by COVID in midseason. The Heat saw enough of KZ Okpala’s roster spot to turn into a developmental spot for Highsmith.

What we need to know: Highsmith has been talked about creating an undersized stretch-four role, similar to the way PJ Tucker used the Heat this season. It could make Summer League a laboratory.

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Kyle Lowry

grade: b.

age: He turned 36 on 25 March.

2022-23 Salary: $28.3 million, with an additional season on contract.

What we learned: Lowry largely filled his mandate as a floor general, with Heat being more cohesive when he was on the court. But the missed time limited contributions, with much of it away for family reasons.

What we need to know: How will Lori, at 36, last the last two seasons of her contract? Will Heat Mandate Strict Conditioning Standards? The playoffs raised significant concerns in that regard.

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Caleb Martin

grade: b.

age: Turned 27 on 28 September.

2022-23 Salary: The free agent, in which the Heat are able to match from outside, extends the qualifying offer of $2.1 million to the mid-level exception.

What we learned: There were times when Martin was a revelation with his energetic play at both ends as well as his ability to place on the floor with his 3-point shot. Then injuries struck and success turned into a recession. It was largely a tale of two Martins.

What we need to know: Can there be a smooth agreement when it comes to free agency? And for that decision, it may come down to role forecasting for next season.

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marquieff morris

grade: D.

age: Turns 33 on 2 September.

2022-23 Salary: free agent, after earning the NBA minimum this season.

What we learned: It is better to allow Nikola Jokic to end time in a blowout loss at Denver than to engage with a clear foul. The ensuing 58 game loss to Whiplash never allowed Morris to gain a foothold in the Heat.

What we need to know: Will the Heat again go into the reserve power rotation with such a seasoned presence or will turn to a more youthful approach. Morris was a good fellow, but rarely got to show much.

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michael mulder

grade: incomplete.

age: He turned 28 on June 12.

2022-23 Salary: Team option for a two-way contract.

What we learned: That Mulder showed enough in his second stint with the Heat’s G League affiliate to earn a two-way contract in midseason and oversaw further in the summer league.

What we need to know: Will there be an opening for another 3-point specialist in the Heat. And it may come down to what happens to Duncan Robinson in the off-season.

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Victor Oladipo

grade: B-.

age: Turns 30 on May 4.

2022-23 Salary: free agent, after earning the NBA minimum this season. Heat hold bird rights, able to exceed salary-limit to re-sign.

What we learned: That Oladipo back from the May 2021 quadriceps surgery had the perseverance to work and the willingness to play when he was less than 100 percent. The contributions were enough to provide value for the summer.

What we need to know: Will Oladipo be ready to accept a supplementary role again, possibly only at a supplemental pay.

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Duncan Robinson

grade: D.

age: He turned 26 on April 4.

2022-23 Salary: The $16.9 million, with three additional seasons on the contract, isn’t fully guaranteed to last.

What we learned: That a 3-point specialist who is unsure with his 3-point shooting can only have so much value. When shots weren’t falling, it became difficult to justify play time. It was not necessarily the percentage, but the wild shooting swing.

What we need to know: Can the Heat justify taking on a role player on a starter’s salary, or is there a tradeoff to be made in the wake of the emergence of Max Strauss.

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javonte smart

grade: incomplete.

age: Turned 25 on June 3.

2022-23 Salary: Team option for a two-way contract.

What we learned: That scoring prowess in the G League was sufficient to qualify for a two-way contract at midseason.

What we need to know: Whether another Summer League with the Heat can offer a definitive answer about whether it makes sense to move on. What happens to Victor Oladipo could have an effect here.

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Max Strauss

grade: B+.

age: He turned 26 on March 28.

2022-23 Salary: $1.8 million team option.

What we learned: That strus is more than just a 3-point specialist, athletic enough to attack the rim, as well as provide resistance at the defensive end. Ultimately, he transformed himself into another Heat success story.

What we need to know: Can this kind of game be maintained and upgraded. If Strauss can persist as a starter, it provides another value prospect to the Heat.

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PJ Tucker

grade: B+.

age: He turned 37 on May 5.

2022-23 Salary: $7.4 million player option.

What we learned: That it is much more than statistics or the age of a player. In the end, the Heat actually got an upgrade over the one provided by JE Crowder at the end of 2019-20.

What we need to know: Would Tucker be willing to return for another season on a modest salary for a starter? There currently aren’t many tasty replacement options.

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Gabe Vincent

grade: b.

age: Turns 26 on June 14.

2022-23 Salary: $1.8 million team option.

What we learned: That the Heat already had a quality backup point guard in the house, which could contribute on both ends. Like Max Strauss, Vincent emerged as one of the biggest roster success stories of the season.

What we need to know: What else could happen. As Kyle Lowry rises over the years, the reliance on Vincent or another backup point guard is only going to increase.

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Omar Yurtseven

grade: C+.

age: He turned 24 on June 19.

2022-23 Salary: $1.8 million team option.

What we learned: That when given the minutes, Yurtseven proved that he could score and rebound at the NBA level. His game helped keep the heat going when Bam Adebayo was sidelined with thumb surgery.

What we need to know: Whether a sufficient defensive component can be developed to generate confidence for a rotation role. Yurtseven Vale could return as the Heat’s most interesting prospect for the second season in a row.

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