NBA Championship Power Rankings: 2012 Miami Heat vs. Last 25 NBA Champs

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NBA Championship Power Rankings: 2012 Miami Heat vs. Last 25 NBA Champs
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Using our NBA simulation engine, we placed the Miami Heat in a round-robin tournament featuring every NBA champion from the past 25 years. Every team in the tournament played every other team 51 times. The simulation generated each team's winning percentage (Win%) and average points per game (PPG).

To simulate these games or any other theoretical matchups of your choosing, try the WhatIfSports.com NBA SimMatchup tool.

2011-12 Miami Heat vs. Last 25 NBA Champions
Rank Team Win% PPG Simulate vs. Miami Heat
1 1995-96 Chicago Bulls 62.8 102.1 SimMatchup >
2 2006-07 San Antonio Spurs 60.7 101.0 SimMatchup >
3 2008-09 Los Angeles Lakers 60.0 105.0 SimMatchup >
4 1996-97 Chicago Bulls 59.5 100.1 SimMatchup >
5 2007-08 Boston Celtics 59.1 101.4 SimMatchup >
6 1994-95 Houston Rockets 57.1 108.1 SimMatchup >
7 2004-05 San Antonio Spurs 56.7 99.0 SimMatchup >
8 1991-92 Chicago Bulls 56.1 104.4 SimMatchup >
9 1986-87 Los Angeles Lakers 54.5 109.6 SimMatchup >
10 1990-91 Chicago Bulls 53.2 105.5 SimMatchup >
11 2011-12 Miami Heat 52.1 101.7 SimMatchup >
12 1992-93 Chicago Bulls 50.9 102.2 SimMatchup >
13 2001-02 Los Angeles Lakers 50.2 103.6 SimMatchup >
14 2005-06 Miami Heat 50.0 104.1 SimMatchup >
15 2010-11 Dallas Mavericks 49.5 104.8 SimMatchup >
16 2000-01 Los Angeles Lakers 47.5 104.1 SimMatchup >
17 1999-00 Los Angeles Lakers 47.3 101.2 SimMatchup >
18 2002-03 San Antonio Spurs 47.0 98.0 SimMatchup >
19 2009-10 Los Angeles Lakers 44.2 100.6 SimMatchup >
20 1998-99 San Antonio Spurs 42.4 97.4 SimMatchup >
21 1989-90 Detroit Pistons 41.5 101.7 SimMatchup >
22 1997-98 Chicago Bulls 41.5 97.7 SimMatchup >
23 1987-88 Los Angeles Lakers 41.2 107.9 SimMatchup >
24 1988-89 Detroit Pistons 40.6 104.7 SimMatchup >
25 1993-94 Houston Rockets 38.5 102.3 SimMatchup >
26 2003-04 Detroit Pistons 36.1 97.8 SimMatchup >

After dispatching the Oklahoma City Thunder in five games, LeBron James and his Heat teammates earned the coveted title of NBA champions. But where does the team rank among past Larry O'Brien Trophy winners? Using our NBA simulation engine, we played the Heat against the last 25 NBA champions.

The Heat ranked 11th in our simulation, winning 52.1 percent of their games while averaging 101.7 points per contest. The 2011-12 squad edged out their counterparts from the 2005-06 season, when the Heat bested the Dallas Mavericks in six games to claim Dwyane Wade's first championship and Shaquille O'Neal's fourth. The 2005-06 Heat won 50.0 percent of their games in the simulation.

Michael Jordan's 1995-96 Chicago Bulls claimed the best winning percentage, earning victories in 62.8 percent of their games. The Bulls won an NBA-record 72 regular season games that season. Three other Bulls teams joined the 1995-96 squad in the top 10.

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