With the departure of Dwyane Wade in the offseason, in addition to the chance of Chris Bosh being unable to play for the Heat, Miami’s chances rest greatly on point guard Goran Dragic and center Hassan Whiteside.

Regarding the former, in the 2015-16 season Dragic averaged six assists, one steal, and 14 points per game on 47 percent shooting from the field. However, this season, Dragic should get many more touches, as he only had 12 shots attempted per game.

Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra believes that Dragic could be a major part of the Heat’s success this upcoming season, both on and off the court.

Spoelstra on Goran Dragic’s court-side leadership

On the court, Spoelstra belives that Dragic’s willingness to attack the rim at all costs is a unique asset that will assist the heat in winning games.

Via the SunHerald, Spoelstra spoke about Dragic’s offensive prowess:

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“You don’t find many players that can attack, that can play fast, that can make other players better in that type of game, and he’s relentless in getting to the rim. You just don’t see that every single night. And Goran is that kind of player.”

Dragic’s needed off-court leadership

With the departure of Wade and the uncertainty of Chris Bosh’s future with the team, many players will turn to Dragic for leadership.

Spoelsra added:

“I think young players gravitate to Goran. They want to play that style. They see the success in that kind of style. They see how he can help them in that style. So it all works hand in hand. Axnd he’s such a gracious competitor. Guys really enjoy playing with Goran and competing with him.”

Team president Pat Riley also added that Dragic will have “a different kind of responsibility” next season.

Heat fans certainly hope that Goran Dragic, along with the rest of the team, will be able to perform at the level required in order to make the team a contender in April.