Experience: 9 Seasons
Points Allowed Per 48 (On Floor): 97.5
Points Allowed Per 48 (On Bench): 95.3
2012-13 Season Statistics
29.15 PER, 25.4 PPG, 8.5 RPG, 6.8 APG, 1.3 SPG, 0.8 BPG
With LeBron James on the floor, the Miami Heat are allowing 97.5 points per 48 minutes.
When he's on the bench, they're allowing 95.3 points per 48.
With that being said, Miami is allowing just 89.5 points per game during LeBron's infamous "no foul" streak.
This isn't subjective, they're just numbers. And numbers never lie.
For those who believe LeBron should be higher, understand that one's influence is as important as their versatility. Thus far, Miami's team defense has lacked the necessary consistency.
LBJ will move up this list, it's just a matter of improvement.
With James playing small forward in 2011-12, the Heat ranked fourth in the NBA by averaging 92.5 points allowed per game. With LBJ at power forward in 2012-13, Miami ranks 15th at 97.4 points per contest.
Even if he isn't to blame, James' influence has not been felt—yet.
James will team with a now healthy Dwyane Wade to provide a much more consistent defensive approach. With his versatility to play both forward positions, LeBron will inevitably receive praise as a top defender.
Unfortunately, these are "right-now" rankings. As of this moment, LeBron's Heat are not the hottest defensive unit.
A severe statistical decline doesn't help James, either.