MIAMI — It’s time for another Heat mailbag.
@Phantom305Music: If the Heat keep winning, will it get them a player in the All-Star game (coach’s pick)?
Anthony Chiang: Probably not. Out of the top eight teams in the Eastern Conference, the Heat could be the only one not represented in this season’s All-Star game. The Pistons are in danger of being the other, but center Andre Drummond has a chance of making it. What is the Heat’s only chance of getting a player into the All-Star game? If the Heat keep winning and maybe move into the No. 3 spot in the conference, coaches might be forced to reward them. Goran Dragic and Hassan Whiteside are Miami’s only realistic candidates. With all of the talented guards in the East, Goran is at a disadvantage. Boston’s Kyrie Irving, Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan, Indiana’s Victor Oladipo, and Washington’s John Wall and Bradley Beal all seem to be ahead of Goran when it comes to earning a spot in the All-Star game. But even with those five players in front of him, there could be one final “guard” spot reserved for Goran if Miami keeps winning. And Hassan is basically out of the running because he’s missed 18 games this season with two different bone bruises in his left knee. Now, how about Josh Richardson? He has the potential to be an All-Star in the future, but this is not the year. It’s actually pretty amazing where this Heat team is with a roster that has combined to make ZERO All-Star game appearances.
@ShaneMohamed: Is Goran Dragic the Heat’s MVP during this streak?
Anthony Chiang: If I have to pick one player, yes. Goran Dragic is averaging 21.9 points on 46.6 percent shooting from the field and 41.7 percent shooting from 3-point range to go with 5.1 rebounds and 6.9 assists during the Heat’s seven-game winning streak. But with this Heat team, it’s never one MVP. It’s a balanced attack, so there have been a few standouts during this string of victories. Tyler Johnson is averaging 15.7 points on 50.7 percent shooting, Josh Richardson is averaging 14.4 points and shooting 48 percent from 3-point range, and Wayne Ellington is a plus-59 during the winning streak. Hassan Whiteside hasn’t been bad either, averaging 12.7 points, 10.6 rebounds, 1.3 ASSISTS and 2.4 blocks. There is never going to be just one MVP with the way this roster is constructed.