Miami Heat 2021-22 NBA Roster: Can New Additions Kyle Lowry and P.J. Tucker Bring the NBA Title Back to South Beach?

Published 08/07/2021, 10:18 AM EDT


It has been eight years since the Miami Heat last scripted history in the NBA. In 2013, the Heat edged out the Spurs in a humdinger of a final. Ever since then, however, the side has seen a dry patch. Despite finishing sixth in the season gone by, Miami will aim to better their performance in the upcoming edition. In order to do so, they are pulling out all the stops.

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Who is in?

  • Kyle Lowry

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In a swooping deal, the Heat landed Toronto Raptors icon for the new season. The 35-year-old will play as the starting guard, and adds to the strength of the Miami attack. The six-time All-Star will bring heaps of experience to the squad as well. If he can connect well with star player Jimmy Butler, it will blow the Eastern Conference wide open.

  • P.J. Tucker

What better way to induce a winning mentality into the side than to introduce an NBA winner. After a successful season with the Milwaukee Bucks, P. J. Tucker will be hellbent on continuing the positive signs with Miami. Another experienced campaigner, Tucker, is a very flexible player, and can contribute to multiple positions. His defensive abilities make him an even bigger asset.

  • Omer Yurtseven
  • Markieff Morris
  • Dewayne Dedmon

Who is out?

  • Goran Dragic

One of the big international superstars of the NBA, Dragic was part of the Heat setup for close to seven years. ‘The Dragon’ is a quality guard, and has been offloaded to accommodate newer talents. At 35 years of age, Dragic is nearing the end of his career, and the Heat called it a day. He will most likely be a part of the Toronto Raptors next year.

  • Kendrick Nunn
  • Trevor Ariza
  • Nemanja Bjelica
  • Andre Iguodala

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Miami Heat Squad for 2021-22 So Far

Apr 8, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo (13) fouls Los Angeles Lakers center Andre Drummond (2) during the second half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
  • Jimmy Butler
  • Bam Adebayo
  • Kyle Lowry
  • Duncan Robinson
  • P.J. Tucker
  • Tyler Herro
  • KZ Okpala
  • Markieff Morris
  • Dewayne Dedmon
  • Victor Oladipo
  • Max Strus
  • Gabe Vincent
  • Omer Yurtseven

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With a healthy environment built for the new season, the Miami Heat look set to go all the way. Having a balance of experience of youth and experience in the side, the Eastern Conference couldn’t get more competitive. If everything goes to plan, Jimmy Butler and company will surely make Miami great again.

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Sankalp Harikrishnan

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Sankalp Harikrishnan is a tennis and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He aspires to pursue Sports Journalism and has represented his institution in cricket, badminton, football, and table tennis. Apart from his professional desires, Sankalp does voluntary service with his friends to feed hungry animals on a regular basis.

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