With so many up-and-coming teams in this young NBA season, we’ve already seen our fair share of complete two-way squads. Be it newly assembled teams or championship organizations, there has been no shortage of two-way talent on display. As we segue into a full 82-game season for the first time since 2018-19, this has also been one of the most level playing fields in recent memory.
The offseason was filled with teams utilizing their cap space and reshuffling their rosters in the hopes of building a winning culture and competing for an NBA championship. Just over 20 games into the 2021-22 campaign, the results of that hard work from front offices are already being realized.
As we get deeper into another entertaining basketball season that’s bound to be loaded with highlight reels on a nightly basis, let’s take a look at six teams that have been the most dominant two-way units so far.
6. Miami Heat
After dedicating an entire offseason to revamping their roster and building a more cohesive two-way unit, the Heat have gotten back to their winning ways and climbed back into the elite of the Eastern Conference. With key new additions in Kyle Lowry and P.J. Tucker, the Heat have found the perfect veterans to mix with Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo, Duncan Robinson and Tyler Herro.
Less notable additions like Markieff Morris and Caleb Martin have paid major dividends, as have the re-signings of Dewayne Dedmon and Gabe Vincent. Max Strus’ breakout performance at Summer League wasn’t a fluke, either. The Heat’s gritty defensive style mixed in with their multi-faceted offensive game plan has allowed them to re-establish their status as true title contenders.
Despite all the success they’ve had early on, the Heat will have to make some serious adjustments to their game plan and need even bigger contributions from Butler, Lowry and Herro as they’ll be playing the next six weeks without Adebayo, who’s sidelined with a thumb injury. In spite of all this, the Heat are still one of the most complete teams in the NBA. Were it not for the recent injury to Adebayo and their noticeable lack of size, they’d be even higher up on this list.