Across all sports, the truism holds: You can start your championship picture with stars, but if you don't finish it with role players, you'll just have an unfinished masterpiece.

Even applying impressionist standards, last season's Heat picture lacked a canny defender who could annoy the opposing offense, take a charge, and knock in a few long-range jumpers to loosen up defenses for the Heat's Big?3. It lacked what James Posey gave the Heat's 2006 NBA champions throughout the season and in the playoffs.

That's what Shane Battier provided in the playoffs to help complete the Heat's 2012 championship picture.