We are now in the middle of this shortened NBA season, but it’s time to take a look at who deserves recognition on this Heat team.
MVP- Without a doubt, LeBron James. He is having the best season of his career where he is averaging 27.7 points, 8.9 rebounds, 6.7 assists, 1.8 steals per game, all while shooting 55% from the field. James has matured as a player and no longer forces up 3-pointers. Hopefully this is the year that he comes through and wins a championship.
Defensive Player of the Year- Once again, LeBron James. He is an absolute monster on both sides of the ball. Everyone opponent knows that there is no such thing as a breakway layup because LeBron may just surprise you and block it from behind.
Most Improved Player- Mario Chalmers. Chalmers is finally coming into his own as an NBA point guard. He went from averaging 6.4 points a game to 10.8. Chalmers’ assists went from 2.5 to 3.5, his FG % went from 39% to 49% and his 3-point average went from 35% to 44%. Heat fans no longer worry when Chalmers has the ball.
Most Underrated Player- Chris Bosh. It was evident when the Heat lost to the Lakers how much they missed him. His jumper is reliable and he will always get rebounds. Often called the third wheel, if it weren’t for him, the team wouldn’t run as smoothly.
Biggest Surprise- Norris Cole. Not to sound cocky, but I knew NoCo was going to be a stud. Riley loved that he played both sides of the ball hard and would bring energy to the Heat. Cole looks like one of the up and coming young point guards in the NBA.
Biggest Disappointment- It hurts me to say this, but Dwyane Wade. He has always been the star, but now he is getting older and having too many injuries. It seems like every week there is something else wrong with him. Hopefully he stays healthy for the playoffs.