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7 Miami HEAT
L. Jon Wertheim
October 27, 2003
Rebounding will be a tall order for this height-challenged club
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October 27, 2003

7 Miami Heat

Rebounding will be a tall order for this height-challenged club

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POS.

PVR

PPG

RPG

APG

BPG

SPG

FG%

3FG%

FT%

BRIAN GRANT

C

57

10.3

10.2

1.3

0.57

0.77

50.9

 

77.1

CARON BUTLER

SF

67

15.4

5.1

2.7

 

1.76

41.6

31.8

82.4

DWYANE WADE (R)#

PG

116

21.5

6.3

4.4

1.30

2.15

50.1

31.8

   

EDDIE JONES

SG

76

18.5

4.8

3.7

0.66

1.36

42.3

40.7

LAMAR ODOM#

PF

34

14.6

6.7

3.6

0.84

0.86

43.9

32.6

#NEW ACQUISITION

(R) Rookie (statistics for final college season)

Once among the elite teams in the East, the Heat has missed the playoffs two years running. How well Miami rebounds this season depends largely on how well Miami rebounds this season. That means starting center Brian Grant will be every bit as vital as forward Caron Butler, a star in the making, or free-agent signee Lamar Odom, a versatile swingman. "The points are definitely secondary," says Grant. "If I snatch the thing and throw the outlet, I know the camera is going down the other way and something good's happening."

Even before Alonzo Mourning took to wearing a new jersey with the Nets, the Heat ranked among the league's smaller teams. The undersized Grant, at 6'9", compensates with a brick wall for a chest and a reach that spans 7'5". As one of the few consistent performers on the team last season, Grant became the fourth player in franchise history to average a double-double, complementing 10.3 points with 10.2 rebounds (fifth best in the league). But given the team's wealth of young scoring talent, a preferable split for Grant this season would be something like five points and 15 boards.

Fine by him. Ever since he began his career in 1994, with the Kings, Grant has forged a reputation as a player who's happy to do the dirty work and defer glory to more offensive-minded teammates. In fact, last season it was his apparent reluctance to shoulder a bigger scoring load that spawned persistent trade rumors and intermittent boos. Now it's a moot point. "I've always wanted to be a main part of a team but not have things fall upon my shoulders," Grant says. So long as he retrieves the errant shots, that should be burden enough.

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