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Who would be the Heat's starters using the Fantasy Point system?

Five games into the season the NBA’s Fantasy Point numbers would shake up the Heat’s starting five.

NBA: Miami Heat at Orlando Magic Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Heat's new season hasn't continued the 30-11 finish from the last one thus far. How do the players stack up using the NBA's Fantasy Point (FP) numbers? FP are calculated using the following game box score data.

  • +1.0 Point scored
  • +1.2 Rebound
  • +1.5 Assist
  • +3.0 Steal
  • +3.0 Block
  • -1.0 Turnover

The table below shows the Fantasy Points, per NBA stats, after five games, where the numbers are per 100 possessions.

Fantasy Points

PLAYER REB AST TOV STL BLK FP +/-
PLAYER REB AST TOV STL BLK FP +/-
Hassan Whiteside 26.9 1.2 1.2 0.0 1.2 68.3 -6.1
Kelly Olynyk 14.7 5.5 5.5 2.1 2.1 54.9 0.0
James Johnson 9.6 8.9 5.3 2.0 2.0 54.5 -4.0
Jordan Mickey 19.3 0.0 2.3 0.0 3.2 45.7 12.9
Goran Dragic 4.9 5.5 1,9 0.8 0.3 43.0 -7.4
Justise Winslow 11.1 2.8 1.2 1.6 1.2 38.2 -4.0
Wayne Ellington 4.8 2.7 2.7 2.1 0.0 36.5 2.7
Tyler Johnson 4.1 3.0 1.5 1.5 1.5 34.1 1.5
Dion Waiters 3.0 4.2 2.7 1.5 0.9 34.1 -6.3
Josh Richardson 5.0 3.7 3.7 1.3 1.3 33.0 1.6
Bam Adebayo 11.0 1.0 0.0 1.0 2.0 31.3 -20.1

The top five healthy players on the Heat's Fantasy Team are Kelly Olynyk, James Johnson, Jordan Mickey, Goran Dragic, and Justise Winslow. Mickey has the largest +/- stat by far, per 100 poss. Winslow increased his FP value in the Boston Celtics game with an impressive 12 rebounds, 6 points, 3 assists, 2 blocks and a steal.

A very unconventional starting five would feature a frontcourt of Olynyk, J. Johnson, Mickey, and a backcourt of Winslow and Dragic. The fantasy five features four tough rebounders in Winslow, Mickey, J. Johnson, Olynyk, with Dragic as the floor general.

The notion of a single mastermind running the show simplifies game planning, although Winslow, JJ and Olynyk can distribute the ball when necessary. After winning two games and then losing the next two with efforts not up to Miami Heat standards, the players may have to “get over themselves,” and accept full accountability for their performances.