The Miami Heat have officially signed Chris Andersen to a 10-day contract, according to The Associated Press. After several workouts over the past two weeks, Pat Riley and Heat management decided it was time to give "Birdman" a chance to spread his wings.
Lame puns aside, the media and Heat fans everywhere wait to see whether or not his signing will work out for the team. Miami has been infamous the past two seasons in terms of signing low-cost/high-reward players and simply not giving them any court time.
Head coach Erik Spoelstra must ensure Andersen has a decent amount of playing time to showcase his skills, which can assist the Heat in their struggles.
Based on last seasons' statistics with the Nuggets, Andersen had an offensive rebounding percentage of 11.9. What this means is that while he is on the court, he snatches 11.9 percent of the offensive rebounds available.
To give an approximate idea of Andersen's effect on the offensive boards, Tyson Chandler currently boasts a 15.1 percentage. He leads the league in offensive rebounds per game at 4.5, tied with Memphis' Zach Randolph.
While the new Heat addition won't be expected to play like the reigning Defensive Player of the Year or even close to his court time, it shows how he can help in bursts.
Another area Miami has trouble is containing opponent offensive rebounding. They are currently tied with Phoenix for 23rd when it comes to allowing offensive boards. The obvious countermeasure is to crash the defensive glass.
Will Chris Andersen make a positive difference to the Heat?
Last year, Andersen had a defensive rebounding percentage of 23.3. For this comparison, the league leader in defensive rebounds per game is Kevin Love. He pulls down 11 per game, which translates to 35.1 percent.
Once again, nobody expects Andersen to come in and rebound the ball like Love. However, his numbers explicate the effectiveness he can bring in dealing with Miami's rebounding issues. His contributions on the defensive end with Denver were negligible statistically but will not be a problem with the Heat—one of the better teams in the league in that department.
As many question Andersen and how effective he may be due to his age, Miami seems prepared to see what he can offer. Based on his statistics from last season, there doesn't appear to be any major concerns of ineffectiveness or age. The Heat only need to bring him off the bench to do what he does best: block shots and rebound the ball.