NBA news: Miami Heat reached the NBA Finals in the last season. Here are 3 things they must focus on before the start of the new NBA season.
They recently gave their big man, Bam Adebayo a max contract to keep him at the franchise. They added to their roster by bringing in Avery Bradley and Moe Harkless in the NBA offseason.
Miami also re-signed their star guard Goran Dragic on a two-year. $37.4 million contract.
Although, they would be sad to see their forward, Jae Crowder trade to the Phoenix Suns. Phoenix made another huge play at becoming a playoff team by bringing in Crowder with newly acquired Chris Paul among talents like Devin Booker, Deandre Ayton, and Mikal Bridges.
Key additions for Miami Heat: Avery Bradley, Maurice Harkless
Key departures for Miami Heat: Jae Crowder, Derrick Jones Jr.
NBA news: 3 key numbers Miami Heat should focus on:
Plus-Minus, a.k.a. +/-, simply keeps track of the net changes in the score when a given player is either on or off the court. The NBA has been publishing plus-minus values in official box scores since the 2007-2008 season.
Miami Heat’s regular-season point differential per 100 possessions was +2.7. This was the third-lowest mark among the 48 teams to reach The NBA Finals in the 24 years.
Field Goal (FG) and Effective Field Goal (eFG) %
eFG% stands for Effective Field Goal Percentage. The statistic accounts for the fact that a three-point field goal is worth more than a two-point field goal. It is said that eFG% of 60% scoring is equal to shooting 60% on two-point field goal attempts
The Heat was the only team that ranked in the top five in both field goal percentage in the paint (58.0%, third) and effective field goal percentage on shots from outside the paint (52.0%, fifth).
Jimmy Butler in clutch situations
In the regular season, Jimmy Butler was tied for the league lead with 15 field goal attempts to tie or take the lead in the final minute of the fourth quarter or overtime and made just 1-for-15 on those shots.
In the playoffs, he was 2-for-2 on shots to tie or take the lead in the final minute of the fourth quarter or OT, with both buckets coming in Game 1 of the conference finals.