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Cavaliers suffer when LeBron James sits. Same in/out stat for Heat shocks.

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Commentators often point out how the Cavs fall apart without LeBron on the court. Who makes the biggest difference for the Heat?

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Whenever LeBron James sits, the Cleveland Cavaliers struggle. A simple statistic, the on-court/off-court number, confirms that observation, per basketball-reference.com.

On the court, Cavs ORtg difference rating is +8.4
Off the court, Cavs ORtg difference rating is -8.6

The 17 point swing meets the eye test of how the Cavs perform with and without him on the floor. What are the figures for the Miami Heat? The results seem unbelievable.

  1. Okaro White +9.8
  2. James Johnson +3.6
  3. Wayne Ellington +3.1
  4. Dion Waiters +2.6
  5. Hassan Whiteside +2.5
  6. Willie Reed +1.1
  7. Tyler Johnson +0.7
  8. Goran Dragic -0.2
  9. Luke Babbitt -0.5
  10. Rodney McGruder -1.3
  11. Josh Richardson -1.4
  12. Justise Winslow -2.6
  13. Josh McRoberts -12.8

Don't blame the messenger for the results: the facts speak for themselves.

What stands out about White and Ellington's place on the list is they are not iso-Okaro or iso-Wayne, with a ton of highlight clips to sell their awesome handles. They hardly touch the ball. You don't see them running circles around opponents dribbling the ball.

Can they carry the Heat by themselves? No way. But they are unselfish team players, who work hard off the ball.

Two figures stands out for White in the on/off table. The team is a better offensive rebounding team with him on the court. Out of all the Heat forwards, Okaro White may compliment Whiteside the best for second-chance points. The Whiteside/White tandem do an excellent job of boxing out opponents on the offensive boards. That aspect of the game doesn't make for flashy videos after the game.

Second is the AST%. On defense, the opponents AST% drops dramatically by 6.7%. Other teams are forced to play more iso-ball with White on the court, and use up precious time on the shot clock. That's confirmed by an increased turnover ratio when he's out there.

Okaro White is not an iso-Okaro with his terrible PER of 7.5 and WS of 0.6. I cringe watching him handle the ball during games. The one bright spot: he was the team’s top free-throw shooter, being the only one to shoot over 90% at charity stripe.

What White lacks in making plays on offense, he compensates by using the football safety skills he picked up in school. Wikipedia says,

White played basketball and football, and ran track while growing up, but his best sport was football, where he played at the quarterback and free safety positions.

Football safeties only score touchdowns when defense leads to offense. Their main task is acting as last lines of defense and making life miserable for a team's offense. What Cheatsheet.com said about the 10 all-time great NFL safeties follows below.

NFL safeties are the the last line of defense, enforcers who deliver punishment, force turnovers, and are charged with preventing the big play.

The all time greats trusted their instincts to wreak havoc, trash opposing game plans, and put offensive coordinators out of work.

Okaro White’s days in Greece.