Five Stars is a Hot Hot Hoops exclusive where we dig into the box score of each Heat game and pick apart the numbers under the numbers. The top five players are the Five Stars, regardless of which team they player for. I used the GameScore metric, with a slight adjustment for plus/minus to rank the players. This article is for Miami’s 18-point win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night.
Hassan Whiteside (MIA) 22.9
Whiteside led Miami with 23 points and 16 rebounds (three offensive) in his 33rd Five Star appearance, and his 13th First Star overall. In 34:04, he made 10-of-12 shots from the field and three-of-six from the foul stripe, adding a block, a plus-16 rating, and an estimated PER of 24.2.
We had to get out to a great start. They've got guys that are really long, so we had to come out here with a great start. - Whiteside
James Johnson (MIA) 21.4
Johnson came off the bench for 20 points in 30:13, making seven-of-12 from the field including two-of-five from three point distance. He also made four-of-five free throws, with four rebounds, four assists, two rejections and two steals. He earned a plus-15 rating and a 25.5 PER.
Wayne Ellington (MIA) 16.2
Ellington elbows his way into the Five Stars for the eighth time this season with a 17 point effort in 28:28. His efforts resulted in a 20.5 PER, with six-of-11 shooting overall and five-of-eight from outside. He added a game-high plus-24 rating, with two rebounds and an assist.
Goran Dragic (MIA) 14.0
Dragic, appearing in the series for the 29th time, scored 16 points on seven-for-13 shooting. He missed both of his three-pointers and made two-of-three foul shots, with seven helpers, four rebounds, two steals and a plus-11 rating. His 14.7 PER for the game was his lowest rating during the current streak, the best in NBA history for a below .500 team. Question: Does this streak still count as a "below .500" streak if it gets to 20 and the Heat is 31-30? Don't answer, it's rhetorical.
Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL) 13.9
The Greek Freak was the only Bucks repping Milwaukee in the Five Stars, with a team-high 22 points on nine-of-15 shooting, including two-of-three from over the rainbow. He made both of his foul shots, with eight boards, two steals, a block and an assist in 36:08. He earned a 13.8 PER for his night.
Miami came perilously close to sweeping the Five Stars for the third time in four games after not having done it since 2013.
Luke Babbitt (again) (MIA) -2.7
Babbitt continues to defy the “experts” who say he’s a legitimate NBA player by playing 19:30 and scoring zero points on zero-for-six shooting. He also had two rebounds, an assist, a turnover, and two personal fouls.
Five Stars Standings
Hassan Whiteside 219
Goran Dragic 187
Tyler Johnson 102
Dion Waiters 86
James Johnson 78
Willie Reed 33
Wayne Ellington 33
Josh Richardson 26
Justise Winslow 16
Rodney McGruder 13
Derrick Williams 3
Josh McRoberts 1
Luke Babbitt 1