Lakers coach Frank Vogel cautious of Heat, 3 All-Star-level players ahead of NBA Finals
The Los Angeles Lakers may have the two best players in the NBA Finals in LeBron James and Anthony Davis, but the Miami Heat have a well-rounded team headed by Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo and Goran Dragic.
With that said, Lakers head coach Frank Vogel remains cautious of the Heat and the danger their star trio pose.
“They’ve got a lot of ways to beat you,” Vogel told the media on Monday, via the Miami Herald. “They have three All-Star-level players in Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo and Goran Dragic. When healthy, Dragic is an All-Star-level player. They [acquired] a Hall of Famer in Andre Iguodala.”
Butler is a five-time All-Star, Adebayo made his first All-Star team this 2020, and Dragic seems to be recapturing his All-Star form in the playoffs.
“They have shooting, they have toughness,” the lakers coach added. “No surprise they’ve had such a successful postseason run. Very impressed with what they’ve been able to do beating three teams convincingly that if we played 82 games were on pace to win 50 games.”
Miami’s stars have been brilliant in the team’s unlikely postseason run. Dragic leads Miami in scoring (20.9 points) over their 15 playoff games in the bubble, while Butler (20.7) has been a clutch scorer and floor general on both ends. On the other hand, Adebayo has put his full skill set on display, running point-center at times.
Adebayo has averaged 18.5 points, 11.4 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game the playoffs, including a career-best 32-point, 14-rebound performance in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
“He’s terrific,” Vogel said about Adebayo. “Great talent, fits the modern NBA with all he can do…He can do it all, is a huge reason for their success this year.”
Vogel added praise for Iguodala’s “historically good” perimeter defense, but he insisted his Lakerswill be ready for any defense — zone or man — Erik Spoelstra deploys.