As soon as the Heat were on the ropes against the Spurs, rumors began to circulate that Carmelo Anthony could possibly come to Miami and create a Big 4. If Carmelo joined the Heat, they would immediately become the title favorites, at least according to Charles Barkley. Off talent alone, many would jump to anoint the Heat as favorites to win the title, but then again, lots of people rushed to claim that the Nets would challenge the Heat for the Eastern Conference when they got Pierce and KG. Carmelo would add a much-needed scoring punch to the Heat, but he wouldn’t fix what doomed them: poor point guard play and lack of rim protection. Rather than go after Carmelo, the Heat would be better off targeting arguably the second best unrestricted free agent this summer, Kyle Lowry. There is apparently mutual interest on both sides. Lowry was one of the biggest All-Star snubs and seems perennially underrated, but perhaps no more, after leading the Raptors to the playoffs for the first time since 2008. Anyone who watched the Raptors take on the Nets could see that Lowry is better than Deron Williams, despite not receiving nearly as much attention as the other top point guards.
Lowry is the best point guard no one really knows about. He finished with the 5th highest PER among point guards. He’s one of the most complete point guards in the league, able to score, pass, and defend. In the past, the biggest knock on Lowry was his bad attitude, but we saw nothing of that in Toronto last season. He was the leader of that team and led them to 48 wins. Lowry is only 28 years old and would get everyone on the Heat easier looks at the basket, provide an another scoring weapon, and bring some much-needed energy defensively on the perimeter. Bringing out Lowry and Norris Cole together at times would be a nightmare for opposing ball handlers, who would be under constant pressure. Lowry would also be slightly cheaper than Carmelo, allowing the Heat to keep Chris Andersen or go after another fix down low, like Chris Kaman. If Kaman was willing to take a bit of a pay cut, that is. If anything, this Finals showed us that how the different pieces of a team fit together can be more important than the sheer talent a team puts on the court. The Spurs are supremely talented, but they don’t have the big names of the Heat. The Heat need to realize Carmelo, while very tempting, would not fix their problems.