The Miami Heat have had a rough start to the season, relative to their appropriately high expectations. The back-to-back defending champions are 4-3 and have two horrible losses (Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics).
You can't blame the offense, though. The Heat have been the NBA's top offensive team, ranking first in points per possession.
The reason for the team's struggles comes at the defensive end; the Heat rank 28th in points allowed per possession. It's pretty unbelievable, given how Miami has been a superb defensive team throughout the Big Three era.
So, at this strange time of Heat basketball, we're going to grade every Miami player's performance to this point of the season.
While some players have certainly been disappointing, there have been some bright spots as well.
We're going to get into it all: the positive and the negative. Let's get started!
Stats from Basketball-Reference.com.