Seven years ago, the Boston Celtics explored trading for Nikola Jokic, but the Denver Nuggets wisely held on to him, leading to their championship success.
The Nuggets won their first-ever NBA title, with Jokic earning a Finals MVP award, alongside talented teammates Murray, Porter Jr., and Gordon.
Despite Miami's impressive playoff run, they fell short against the Nuggets in five games, struggling against Denver's size and talent.
The Heat's reliance on zone defense was countered by Jokic's ability to pass and shoot over their smaller lineup.
Miami's lack of size became evident in their efforts to keep up with Denver's offense, relying on exceptional performances and hot shooting streaks.
The NBA rewards teams with size, exemplified by recent champions like the Warriors, LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and now Jokic.
The Nuggets built their championship roster around Jokic, focusing on complementing his skills with shooting and defensive length.
The Heat can learn from Denver's approach by constructing a roster that maximizes Adebayo's playmaking abilities and compensates for his weaknesses.
Miami's future success may require acquiring a player like Kevin Love to provide shooting, rebounding, and the ability to guard opposing bigs, along with long, versatile wings for defense and shooting.