Final Regular Season Grades for Each Miami Heat Player in 2013

Peter Emerick@@peteremerickSenior Writer IIApril 26, 2013

Final Regular Season Grades for Each Miami Heat Player in 2013

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    The Miami Heat were the most well-balanced and most successful team during the 2012-13 regular season.

    With a 66-16 record, the Heat are the No. 1 overall seed in the NBA playoffs, and they are proving that they're deserving of that with their demolishing of the Milwaukee Bucks.

    While LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh get most of the credit for the Heat's success, there are a number of other players who are a legitimate piece of the Heat's dominance.

    From LeBron to Norris Cole to Juwan Howard, everyone on the Heat has a specific role and while some are more successful at those roles than others, each player has their own value to the Heat.

    Ahead are full grades for every Heat player for the 2012-13 regular season.

    The order of the players is based on their minutes played, with the players getting the least minutes leading off.

Bench Unit (6.0 MPG or Less)

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    Terrel Harris, SG (4.1 MPG)

    Terrel Harris' career as a member of the Miami Heat ended on January 5, 2013 when Miami waived him.

    Before that, Harris wasn't anything to write home about. He played in only seven games and averaged just 1.4 points and 1.3 rebounds per game in those contests. He is now a member of the New Orleans Hornets.

    Harris' short stint with the Heat was underwhelming to say the least.

    Overall Grade: D

    Jarvis Varnado, PF (5.0 MPG)

    While Jarvis Varnado is still a member of the Heat, he's only seen action in eight games and in those games, he hasn't been the player most fans hoped he would be.

    He averaged under one point, one rebound and one block per game in those eight games and his most notable asset has become his ability to turn the ball over.

    Varnado was supposed to bolster the Heat's weak frontcourt, but he didn't do anything close to that.

    Overall Grade: D-

    Josh Harrellson, C (5.2 MPG)

    Much like Terrel Harris, Josh Harrellson was waived by the Heat in January.

    After a somewhat productive stint with the New York Knicks, the Heat hoped that Harrelson would come in and bring production and intensity off the bench. Well, they missed the mark on that one.

    Harrelson averaged just 1.7 points and 1.2 rebounds in the six games he played. And that certainly wasn't worth the Heat keeping him around for the second half of the season.

    Overall Grade: D-

    James Jones, PF (5.8 MPG)

    During the Heat's late-season stretch when their stars were resting, Jones actually reminded Heat fans of the value he holds.

    In the second-to-last game of the season, Jones accounted for 14 points, four rebounds, three assists and two blocks. He shot 55.6 percent from the field in that game as well.

    So while his entire season wasn't that solid, playing in just 38 games, he showed that he's still capable of putting numbers up if the Heat need him to, and that's certainly valuable.

    Overall Grade: C+

Bench Unit (10.0 MPG or Less)

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    Juwan Howard, PF (7.3 MPG)

    Juwan Howard's 7.3 minutes per game are very misleading.

    He played in just seven games, and of those 7.3 minutes the Heat didn't expect or need him to do anything, which is exactly what he did.

    Howard averaged 3.0 points and 1.1 rebounds per game in his time on the floor, but his real role is to be a leader on the bench and in the locker room. And by the look of things, he does a fine job of that.

    Overall Grade: B-

    Joel Anthony, C (9.1 MPG)

    Just two seasons ago Joel Anthony was in the starting lineup in the NBA Finals against the Dallas Mavericks. Now he doesn't even average double-digit minutes per game.

    He doesn't mind though, as he's the kind of player who's a workhorse in practice and a guy who will give you everything he's got when he's on the floor.

    In the second-to-last game of the season Anthony almost grabbed a double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

    If the Heat need to, they can count on Anthony coming off the bench. With Chris Andersen that most likely won't happen, but that doesn't mean Anthony isn't a valuable piece of the Heat's second unit.

    Overall Grade: B

Rashard Lewis (14.4 MPG)

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    2012-13 Per-Game Statistics: 5.2 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 41.4 FG%, 38.9 3PFG%

    Rashard Lewis struggled during the first half of the season. He didn't really have a defined role and his production from the perimeter just wasn't there.

    Luckily he started to find his groove later in the season, especially when he saw more minutes when LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and every other starter was sitting.

    In the last five games of the season, Lewis averaged 14.6 points and 4.2 rebounds per game. He also shot 43.6 percent from the field and an impressive 41.4 percent from beyond the arc.

    All in all, it was a roller coaster of a season for Lewis, but he showed the Heat that he's capable of making an impact, which means he could see significant time off the bench in the playoffs.

    Overall Grade: C+

Chris Andersen (14.9 MPG)

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    2012-13 Per-Game Statistics: 4.9 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 1.0 BLKPG, 57.7 FG%

    If there's one thing Chris Andersen does, it's crash the boards on offense and add energy and emotion on defense.

    Aside from the New York Knicks picking up Kenyon Martin, the Heat's addition of the "Birdman" is without a doubt the best midseason addition of the 2012-13 season.

    While his numbers look somewhat pedestrian, it's important to remember that he's just reaching his true form right now, at the perfect time for the Heat.

    In his last three games, he's scored at least 10 points and grabbed six rebounds. Andersen's play is a major reason why the Heat are dominating the Bucks in their first-round series. For what Andersen is to the Heat, he is certainly worth all the money he's making.

    Overall Grade: A

Mike Miller (15.3 MPG)

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    2012-13 Per-Game Statistics: 4.8 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 1.7 APG, 43.3 FG%, 41.7 3PFG%

    Throughout the regular season, Mike Miller's play was inconsistent. That is, until he started to get significant minutes near the end of the season.

    With LeBron, Wade, Allen and Bosh resting, Miller took over the Heat, averaging 12.1 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game in his last 10 regular-season games.

    He also shot 53.4 percent from the field and 51.8 percent from deep in that 10-game stretch. Miller's ability to produce at such an efficient level shows the kind of player he can be when he gets significant minutes.

    While he won't see much time in the playoffs—because of the Heat sticking to a main eight to nine player rotation—Miller's play was a major reason why the Heat were able to seal up the NBA's best record at the end of the season.

    Overall Grade: B

Udonis Haslem (18.9 MPG)

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    2012-13 Per-Game Statistics: 3.9 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 51.4 FG%

    It's hard to grade Udonis Haslem's regular season because he was so ridiculously inconsistent. Part of that could be because of his lack of minutes, but a lot of it is because he is simply getting older.

    There were games when Haslem would drop double-digit points and grab seven or eight rebounds, but he'd follow them up with stretches of games with two rebounds and two points.

    What you don't see on the stat sheets about Haslem though, is his ability to lead, both on and off the court.

    His value to the Heat is somewhat maximized by the fact that he's been with the Heat for his entire career and is able to mentor younger players in ways guys like LeBron and Bosh can't.

    Overall Grade: C+

Norris Cole (19.9 MPG)

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    2012-13 Per-Game Statistics: 5.6 PPG, 2.6 APG, 1.6 RPG, 42.1 FG%, 35.7 3PFG%

    Norris Cole came on strong at the end of the season when the Heat needed him to, averaging 10.3 points. 3.6 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 0.9 steals in his last 10 regular-season games.

    While Cole's performance early in the year, after having a stellar summer performance, was rather average, there's no doubt he turned the heat up at the right time.

    With Mario Chalmers entering a contract year next season, Cole showed the Heat why he's potentially a more exciting option at the point guard position.

    Not only did Cole increase his production late in the year, he also became an aggressive leader on the defensive side of the ball, which is rare to see these days in the league.

    His numbers may not have been consistent throughout the year, but Cole did enough to impress at the end of the season, and he'll certainly be an important part of the Heat's postseason run.

    Overall Grade: B-

Shane Battier (24.8 MPG)

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    2012-13 Per-Game Statistics: 6.6 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 1.0 APG, 42.0 FG%, 43.0 3PFG%

    Half of the most important stats for Shane Battier don't show up on a stat sheet. Things like taking charges, playing lockdown defense and being the most intelligent player on the floor.

    Aside from the intangibles, Battier still brought a lot to the floor for the Heat. Most impressively, he shot above 40 percent from beyond the arc.

    Yep, he shot a higher percentage than the NBA's greatest three-point shooter and fellow Heat teammate Ray Allen. That's seriously impressive stuff.

    In addition to being the Heat's most efficient sharpshooter, he's also their grittiest defender, and that goes a long way for a team that thrives off of creating offense out of defense.

    Overall Grade: A-

Ray Allen (25.8 MPG)

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    2012-13 Per-Game Statistics: 10.9 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 1.7 APG, 44.9 FG%, 41.9 3PFG%

    Ray Allen had a successful first season in South Beach. The 10-plus points-per-game average is what most fans expected him to have, and he shot at an efficient clip from beyond the arc.

    While Allen was consistent overall, he had some absolutely awful games, including a six-game stretch in February where he shot 1-of-12 from deep.

    Allen's biggest strength though, his three-point shooting, certainly helped the Heat accomplish what they wanted to, which was spreading the floor for guys like LeBron and Wade.

    There's a reason why LeBron shot 56.5 percent from the field for the season, and it has something, at least in part, to do with Allen's ability to spread defenses.

    Allen was a solid offseason addition and unfortunately for every team the Heat will face in the playoffs, he's only getting better. Just ask the Milwaukee Bucks, who he just dropped 23 points on in Game 3 of their playoff series.

    Overall Grade: B+

Mario Chalmers (26.9 MPG)

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    2012-13 Per-Game Statistics: 8.6 PPG, 3.5 APG, 2.2 RPG, 1.5 STLPG, 42.9 FG%, 40.9 3PFG%

    If Mario Chalmers was a backup point guard or not expected to take his game to the next level this season, his 2012-13 performance would have been fine.

    Considering the fact that many thought Chalmers would turn into a guy who could consistently get 10 points and six assists per game, he was the Heat's biggest letdown this season.

    There were games like his road trip to Sacramento where he exploded for 34 points on 75-plus percent shooting from the field and beyond the arc.

    But then there were also games when his turnovers were about as high as his points.

    Again, if Chalmers was expected to just be another average NBA point guard his year would've been fine, but the Heat expected him to turn the corner, and he just couldn't lose his inconsistent ways.

    Overall Grade: C

Chris Bosh (33.2 MPG)

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    2012-13 Per-Game Statistics: 16.6 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 1.7 APG, 1.4 BLKPG, 53.5 FG%

    Let's get one thing out of the way right now. Chris Bosh, a 6'11'' center/power forward, was out-rebounded by 1.2 rebounds per game by LeBron James.

    That's somewhat inexcusable for Bosh, even though the Heat was the best team in the NBA.

    With that being said, Bosh did something extremely important for the Heat, especially late in the season, and that was leading the Heat without LeBron and Wade.

    Bosh did a great job of leading the Heat without his fellow superstars on the floor, and he also did it without forcing his game.

    Throughout the season, he was patient, efficient and allowed the game to come to him instead of forcing his offense in the mid-range, which was encouraging to see.

    Not only did he put up 16.6 points per game, he also shot more long-range jumpers, which in turn opened up the floor for LeBron and Wade—which was at the foundation of their success this season.

    Overall Grade: B+

Dwyane Wade (34.7 MPG)

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    2012-13 Per-Game Statistics: 21.2 PPG, 5.1 APG, 5.0 RPG, 1.9 STLPG, 0.8 BLKPG, 52.1 FG%

    Some experts argue that Dwyane Wade is losing his athletic advantage, now in his 10th year of his stellar career.

    Well, he certainly didn't look like he lost that step this season.

    Sure, he missed some games due to injury, but when he was on the floor, he was as productive and efficient as he's every been.

    While he tallied his lowest points-per-game total since his rookie season when he averaged 16.2 points, he shot the highest percentage from the field that he ever has.

    Wade also continued his development into being a more complete player by finding ways to facilitate the Heat's offense to his teammates when his jumper wasn't falling.

    Say what you will about Wade's "athletic step" but there's no doubting that he's still playing at an elite level that most other players in the league can only dream of.

    Overall Grade: A-

LeBron James (37.9 MPG)

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    2012-13 Per-Game Statistics: 26.8 PPG, 8.0 RPG, 7.3 APG, 1.7 STLPG, 0.9 BLKPG, 56.5 FG%, 40.6 3PFG%

    It's LeBron James' world, and we all just live in it.

    The level at which LeBron dominates the game is unreal when you stop and consider the fact that he's only two rebounds and 2.7 assists per game away from averaging a triple double.

    There were few games during the regular season when LeBron wasn't LeBron. Of the 76 games he played in, there were only five in which he didn't score at least 20 points. And he didn't have a single game where he scored single digits.

    This season, LeBron made shooting 56.5 percent from the field and 40.6 percent from beyond the arc look simple, and that's why LeBron sometimes doesn't get the love he deserves.

    He makes dominating the game look so easy, and he will undoubtedly continue to do that throughout the postseason.

    If LeBron doesn't bring home the 2013 NBA MVP trophy, which would be his fourth MVP award in just 10 seasons, something is terribly wrong with the world.

    The question, now that the 2012-13 regular season is over, becomes, "what will LeBron do in 2013-14 to surpass what he did last year?" All I know is that he is going to be exciting to watch, as he looks to get even more productive and efficient.

    Overall Grade: A+