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Miami Heat Player Power Rankings Based on November Performances

Peter EmerickSenior Writer IIDecember 3, 2012

Miami Heat Player Power Rankings Based on November Performances

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    The Miami Heat ended the month of November with a 11-3 record, which helped them earn the top spot in the Eastern Conference.

    As usual, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh dominated their competition, averaging a combined 62.2 points per game during November.

    The Heat's Big Three didn't do it alone though; they had well-balanced production from a number of other players coming off the bench, most notably their new acquisitions, Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis.

    Like any team though, some players are more important than the rest. Ahead is a power ranking of every player on the Heat's roster. 

    All statistics in this article are pulled from ESPN.com

The Rest of the Pack

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    15. Dexter Pittman, C

    Dexter Pittman played a whopping zero minutes during the month of November; therefore, he earns the lowest ranking on this list.

    14. Terrel Harris, SG 

    Eight minutes and four points during the month of November earns Terrell Harris the 14th spot on this list. Harris hasn't missed a single free throw all season, making his two sole free throws during November. That's something for the young Harris to hold onto. 

    13. Josh Harrelson, PF

    Josh Harrelson has only seen time this season when games have been out of control. It's a shame that the Heat aren't using him more, but then again the Heat don't really need to.

    Harrelson is going to have to be satisfied with limited minutes, because it looks like his role this season is going to be as a practice player for the Heat.

    12. James Jones, SF

    What does 18 minutes and 12 points earn you on this list? It gets you the 12th overall spot on the Heat's player rankings. James Jones has to be disappointed with his decreased play this season.

    But for a player who thought about retiring after last season—according to SI.com—18 minutes in a month is actually pretty impressive. 

    11. Joel Anthony, C

    Of all the "scrub-time players," Joel Anthony is the one who might be able to work his way into the Heat's lineup more.

    Anthony averaged 4.5 minutes per game during the month of November, which is a significant step back from last year's average of 21.1 minutes per game. As the season goes on, and the Heat need defensive pressure in the paint, Anthony's number will get called. 

10. Mike Miller

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    November Per-Game Stats: 3.7 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 1.5 APG, 45.5% FG, 41.7% 3PFG, 14.1 MPG

    With Ray Allen signing with the Heat, Mike Miller has certainly taken a backseat in the offense.

    That's good news for the health of his back, but it's bad when it comes to his production and importance to the team.

    With the new talent they have, especially Allen, Miller just isn't cut out to be a legitimate option for the Heat this season.

    Don't expect Miller to climb these rankings throughout the season, mainly because the Heat don't need him to do more than he's doing right now. It's a redefined role for Miller, and it's one that will certainly take some getting used to for the cagey veteran. 

9. Norris Cole

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    November Per-Game Stats: 4.7 PPG, 2.5 APG, 1.5 RPG, 34.4% FG, 19.9 MPG

    After an impressive performance in the 2012 NBA Summer League, many thought Norris Cole would have a much better year than he's having.

    What's concerning about Cole's play is his lack of efficiency from the field. In addition to shooting under 35 percent from the field, he also shot 15.4 percent from three-point land. Yeah, that's not what the Heat expected from him this season.

    Luckily, Cole had the best game of his 2012-13 season against the Brooklyn Nets to start the month of December with 12 points on 50 percent shooting and three steals.

    With Mario Chalmers failing to impress so far, Cole has quite an opportunity ahead of him. The Heat are hoping that he seizes the moment and continues to increase both his offensive production and efficiency. 

8. Rashard Lewis

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    November Per-Game Stats: 6.5 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 50.9% FG, 55.6% 3PFG, 15.8 MPG

    Rashard Lewis consistently impressed during November.

    He hasn't tried to do more than the Heat have needed him to. He's even replaced an injured Shane Battier in the starting lineup without a major drop-off in production.

    Lewis seems to understand that he doesn't need to create offense for himself. Instead, the Heat need him to be an opportunistic shooter and a legitimate force on the defensive side of the ball.

    Who would've thought at this point in his career Lewis would shoot above 50 percent from the field and from beyond the arc over the span of an entire month? That's what happens when you buy into a system with multiple superstars. 

7. Udonis Haslem

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    November Per-Game Stats: 4.3 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 53.2% FG, 18.1 MPG

    Udonis Haslem is synonymous with the Miami Heat, and he always will be. But it's shocking that he isn't getting more minutes on a Heat team that lacks strength and intensity in the paint.

    Either way, Haslem is putting up impressive numbers seeing that he's getting just 18 minutes per game.

    Instead of forcing shots, Haslem is letting the game come to him. He's crashing the glass and getting boards off the bench, which is what the Heat need him to do.

    As the season goes on and the Heat get banged up, Haslem will become a more integral part of their rotation. The good news is that he looks like he's as ready as ever to step up when the Heat need him to. 

6. Mario Chalmers

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    November Per-Game Stats: 6.7 PPG, 4.1 APG, 2.7 RPG, 1.6 STLPG, 40.5% FG, 25.7 MPG

    Will the real Mario Chalmers please stand up? Chalmers has been quite an enigma this season.

    There are games where he puts up double digits and locks down the point guard opposing him. And there are other nights when it seems like the Heat would be better with Chalmers on the bench and LeBron James running the point.

    The one thing Chalmers needs to improve on is his efficiency shooting the ball. With LeBron and Wade creating opportunities for him, he has to be ready on the perimeter to knock them down.

    If Chalmers continues to struggle on the perimeter, I wouldn't be surprised to see the young gun Norris Cole replace him in the starting lineup.

    For a player seeking to prove that he can be a franchise point guard when he becomes an unrestricted free agent at the end of next season, Chalmers is certainly failing to impress. 

5. Shane Battier

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    November Per-Game Stats: 7.1 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 1.2 BLKPG, 44.4% FG, 44.6% 3PFG, 26.3 MPG

    Shane Battier is never going to light up a box score, but that doesn't mean he's not an integral member of the Heat.

    What doesn't show up on the box score is the incredible defensive focus Battier brings to the court. If you played a drinking game where you drank every time Battier attempted a charge, you'd be in for a long night.

    Battier is the Heat's emotional leader without opening his mouth. He leads with the way he plays and he's a great mentor for the young talent on the Heat.

    Battier shoots the ball with more efficiency than guys like Mike Miller and Mario Chalmers and because of that he's become one of LeBron's favorite targets. Heat fans are hoping that Battier's knee injury doesn't keep him on the bench for much longer. 

4. Ray Allen

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    November Per-Game Stats: 12.9 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 2.1 APG, 1.2 STLPG, 49.1% FG, 51.0% 3PFG, 26.4 MPG

    Ray Allen is this year's James Harden. He deserves to be in the starting lineup, but the Heat are keeping him on the bench because, well, it's been working.

    In addition to his impressive production and efficient shooting, Allen has also proven that he's the Heat's best option in the clutch—as evidenced by his game winners against the San Antonio Spurs and Cleveland Cavaliers

    Sure, Allen isn't the greatest defender, and the Heat see a dip in their defensive focus with Allen on the court. But the offensive threat that he is all but makes up for that.

    If there were any lingering questions about how Allen would impact the Heat's chemistry, it's clear that he's had a positive impact on it. Allen makes the Heat more dangerous than last season, and that's something the rest of the NBA should be very worried about.

3. Dwyane Wade

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    November Per-Game Stats: 17.1 PPG, 4.8 APG, 4.5 RPG, 1.2 STLPG, 46.6% FG, 33.6 MPG

    Dwyane Wade missed three games during the month of November, but that didn't keep him from holding it down on the court for the Heat.

    Yes, Wade's production is down significantly from his career averages of 25.0 points, 6.2 assists and five rebounds per game. But he's doing what the Heat need him to for them to win games consistently.

    He's a tenacious defender and he's opportunistic on the offensive side of the ball. Wade needs to work on his efficiency from the perimeter though. During the month of November he shot just 16.7 percent from beyond the arc.

    Wade may've played second fiddle to Chris Bosh during November, but don't expect things to stay that way for long. He's already off to a strong December with a 34-point performance on 70.0 percent shooting against the Brooklyn Nets in this month's debut. 

2. Chris Bosh

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    November Per-Game Stats: 20.2 PPG, 8.2 RPG, 1.2 BLKPG, 56.3% FG, 33.8 MPG

    Some will say that Chris Bosh has taken over as the Heat's second-best option. But in reality, with the game on the line, who would you rather have with the ball in his hands—Dwyane Wade or Bosh?

    Yea, that's what I thought. Bosh had a better November than Wade, and his efficiency on the offensive side of the ball is certainly at the foundation of the Heat's success.

    That doesn't mean though that he's immediately the better player or more important to the Heat. Bosh is the Heat's sole option in the paint, and his production is a necessary piece of their game plan night in and night out.

    On the flip side, Bosh's lack of size on defense is a reason why the Heat are giving up the 10th most points per game, with an average of 99.5 points per game. Let's see how long Bosh can keep his efficient production up before we crown him the better option than Wade for the Heatles. 

1. LeBron James

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    November Per-Game Stats: 24.9 PPG, 8.8 RPG, 6.8 APG, 1.0 BLKPG, 1.0 STLPG, 52.7% FG, 37.9 MPG

    There's only one top dog in South Beach and it's clearly LeBron James. He's averaging the most minutes out of any Heat player and rightfully so, because he's the reason why they are atop the Eastern Conference.

    LeBron is leading the Heat in points, rebounds and assists per game. Pretty impressive for a player who gets double-teamed in the paint every time he touches the ball.

    People can debate until they're blue in the face whether the Heat is LeBron or Dwyane Wade's team, but this one is about as clear cut as you get. LeBron is the Heat's fearless leader, and they are going to go as far as his production will carry them. 

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