2013-14 NBA Season State Preview: Florida

Mar 6, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Orlando Magic shooting guard Arron Afflalo (4) takes a shot as Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade (3) defends at the American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

It’s back. I’m back. We’re back. Okay, so I did this last season, where I preview teams on a state basis. Basically, we’re asking ourselves who will be the best team in the state. A lot of times, teams that are close to each other like this have strong rivalries. Today, we’ll be looking at Florida and its two teams: the Miami Heat and Orlando Magic. I guess we can agree that this is gonna be easy. The other states are California, New York, and Texas. And I’ll also preview the Sixers. So, that’s five days. You’re stuck with me for five days. God help us all.

We’re looking at current rosters and assuming injuries are not an issue.

Let’s get started, shall we?

The Miami Heat are coming off their second championship in a row. Our Sixers start their season off against these guys as well as end it against them. So, the Heat will be the team we remember first and last. Cool. Or hot…? Anyway, recent articles I’ve seen have the Heat perhaps fatigued and not up to a three-peat. Heat are denying it of course. But, one has to wonder. Derrick Rose is back in town so you know the Bulls are here to play. The Pacers lost in game seven vs the Heat and have only gotten better. Don’t forget the Knicks and Nets. And that’s just the East.

The Heat’s biggest and really only worthwhile move to mention is the signing of Greg Oden. It’s okay if you haven’t heard of him. He’s been out of the league for quite some time. Still, the potential for him to be valuable is there if only because of how awesome his PER 48 stats are in the games he did play. If he works out, the Heat will be a force in the paint which has been, dare I say, a weak point for the team. I’m not saying they are not good at it; they’re the champs. But, that was one area they could improve on.

On the other end of the East, there’s the Magic. Their Dwightmare is over and they are licking their wounds. They got off to a good start thanks in part to our Sixers giving them some nice pieces to build on. We can expect them to be in the lottery this season. They are set for the future. Let’s just hope Nikola Vucevic doesn’t become the third Center star in a row to leave the Magic for the Lakers. Isn’t that right Shaq and D-Howard?

So, I think they will be a nice team to keep an eye on. Certainly not the worst team in the league (we all know who’s trying to get there).

The clear winner of the state of Florida is the Miami Heat. They’ll meet four times and I gotta imagine the Heat win all four. I think the Magic will make at least one game interesting enough for people to get all that “young and upcoming” Kool-Aid in their bellies.

I would ask you if you agree but then…how in the world are the Magic better than the Heat? If you have a wild enough theory, I’d love to hear it. Remember, nobody is injured so I guess the Heat are gonna be bad or the Magic are improving like someone rigged their ratings on NBA 2K.

Topics: Miami Heat, Orlando Magic

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