Stephen A. Smith: And we're back. And I'm kind of thirsty now for some reason... But we are diving right into our next topic:
BEST YOUNG TEAMS IN THE NBA SIM LEAGUE
Stephen A. Smith: And I'm going to go with the team that has made a lot of progress in just the past week or so. And I'm talking about the Miami Heat. Before anything, let's breakdown the 2 big trades he made: Desmond Mason and Cliff Robinson for Andre Miller AND Stromile Swift and Rafer Alston for Larry Hughes and Darius Miles. Losing Andre Miller is a tough pill to swallow, but the Miami Heat GM is confident that Antonio Daniels and Rafer Alston can hold down the fort for the time being. But what the Heat have done is solidified their front court with the young defensive center Tyson Chandler and now Stromile Swift. Talk about hard to score on. That's not even considering the fact that PF Maurice Taylor and center Jahidi White are still on this team and are only 25 years old.
Stephen A. Smith: On top of that the Heat managed to bring in Cliff Robinson, who can play both 3 and 4, to provide even more depth behind the incumbent SF Tim Thomas. Losing Larry Hughes may hurt, but it clears up more playing time for Mike Miller, who can be plugged in at any position between the 1 and the 3. Lastly, my slam dunk extraordinaire Desmond Mason brings excitement and defense off the bench. You know, I taught him a thing or two about dunking, Skip. Needless to say, this team has A LOT of youth on it and will only grow better as they play together for years to come.