ORLANDO – The mystery has been solved.
The Miami Heat will start Josh Richardson at small forward and Kelly Olynyk at power forward in their season opener tonight against the Magic.
They join point guard Goran Dragic, shooting guard Dion Waiters and center Hassan Whiteside.
With Dragic playing just two preseason games, this is the first time this lineup will be on the floor together.
Olynyk, signed as a free agent during the summer, moved into a starting role midway through the preseason after James Johnson got off to a slow start. The switched energized Johnson, who admitted his comfort level was much higher coming off the bench, and Olynyk played well in his minutes next fellow 7-footer to Whiteside.
Rodney McGruder appeared to have retained his starting small forward spot until he was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his left leg. McGruder underwent surgery Tuesday and will be out for an extended period.
Richardson played well in the preseason and gives the Heat more versatility. Richardson can play three positions (point guard, shooting guard, small forward) and he gives the first five more outside shooting.
Because Matt Williams Jr. and Derrick Walton Jr. are allowed to remain with the Heat until Sioux Falls training camp starts Monday (both are on two-way contracts) Miami had four inactives: McGruder, Okaro White (shoulder), A.J. Hammons (illness) and Walton.
Williams, an undrafted rookie out of Central Florida who grew up in Orlando, will be in uniform for his first professional game in the city where he played in college and high school.