Miami Heat: Why This Year's Squad Is Better Than the 2012 Title Team
What did the Miami Heat do after going to Disney World? Just add Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis to their already impressive arsenal of hot three-point shooters.
This brings up a scary fact: the Miami Heat are even better this year than they were last year. Sure you can say I am stating the obvious, but let's just take a look at how these additions have contributed.
Through five games this season, the Heat have averaged 111.8 points per game, good for tops in the league. Ray Allen has contributed 15.5 of that off the bench and Rashard Lewis has added 8.5 points per game of his own. That's 24 points per game they didn't have last year. Yes, others contributed last year, but their talents don't compare to those of Allen and Lewis.
Rashard Lewis has gone through a rough patch over the last few years. He went from being a sure-handed sharp-shooter for the Orlando Magic and Seattle Supersonics to a no-good, overpaid bum. He put much of the pressure on himself when he was stuck playing for poor franchises such as the Washington Wizards.
Now that there is pretty much no pressure on Lewis, he has been playing a solid game at a low cost for the Miami Heat.
Speaking of pressure, there isn't much pressure on LeBron James now either. He fought off all the criticism that came rapidly towards him from every angle. He has already proven himself. He got his ring and now he is greedy for more. No one, I repeat, no one, is getting in his way.
Let's not forget how impressive this team's ball movement is. They rank fourth in the league with 25.5 dimes per game. It must be so hard being LeBron James. I mean what could he possibly do when he drives through the lane and gets triple-teamed? Just toss it out to Ray Allen, Mike Miller, Shane Battier, Rashard Lewis or Norris Cole on the wing. They are all money from downtown.
The Heat have sunk an average of 10 three-point field goals per game, ranking them third in the league in that category only to the New York Knicks and Dallas Mavericks. That is 4.5 more threes than the 5.5 threes per game they averaged last season.
Did I mention they have a healthy Dwyane Wade? We saw Wade fight through the playoffs with all sorts of injuries. Now that he's healthy, there is nothing standing in his way from a repeat title performance either.
Let's not forget about Chris Bosh. Bosh finally put up a 40-point game for the first time in a Heat uniform in a winning effort against the Denver Nuggets this season. His 22.3 points per game help spearhead a Heat offense with three players averaging at least 20 points per game. The other two are obviously Wade and James.
The Heat are 4-1 through their first five games this year. I know it's way too early to start celebrating, but Miami Heat fans sure have a lot to look forward to for years to come. Not one team can match up to their talent.
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