The Heat have won four of its first five games this season, mostly with an explosive offensive display of ball movement and 3-point shooting to complement their three All-stars. The Heat are only 23rd in the NBA in defensive rating and opponent points per game, but they are second in the league in offensive rating, producing 117.2 points per 100 possessions.
One thing to note is the distribution of shots among Heat players, as LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade are all averaging between 14 and 15.6 field goal attempts per game. James and Wade are taking less shots per 36 minutes than at any point on the "Big Three" era.
Here are some fun nuggets through five games on the team's five most effective players that tell the story of the Heat's hot start:
- LeBron James leads the league in player efficiency rating, which is no surprise, at 31.2. LeBron is shooting 55.1 percent from the field and is tied for 10th in the league in 3-point field goal percentage at 57.1 percent. LeBron has a 64 true shooting percentage (Takes into account FT, 2-point FG and 3-point FG's) and a 60.3 effective field goal percentage (Adjusts to greater value of 3-point shot), which would both shatter career marks.
- Dwyane Wade is shooting 57 percent from the field, with a 62.1 TS% and a 57.6 eFG%.
- Chris Bosh is shooting 53 percent from the field, with a 59.6 TS% and a 53.6 eFG%.
- Wade (25.5), Bosh (26.6) and James (31.2) all have a PER of over 25, which are all top 14 in the NBA as of today.
- Ray Allen is 12th in the NBA in FG% at 59 percent and leads the NBA with a 79.4 TS%. He is second in the NBA in eFG% at 75.6.
- Rashard Lewis isn't far behind Allen, coming in at 17th in TS% (67.6) and 12th in eFG% (66.7). Lewis is shooting 47 percent from 3-point distance on 3.4 attempts per game.
The early season trend is an emphatic reflection of what Head Coach Erik Spoelstra has been talking about. It's an equal opportunity offense, and the emphasis is on efficiency and smart shot selection. With that approach, the Heat's stars have taken slightly less attempts per game that we have been accustomed to, but are having spectacular efficiency while on the floor, and newcomers like Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis are fitting right in.
Nonetheless, this is an exercise with a small sample size that won't hold up. Enjoy.