Sharing The Rock
One of the best ways to see that an offense is working efficiently is seeing the ball move from player to player around the arc. The Heat may do this better than anyone else in the league.
In every game this season, the Heat have tallied more assist than their opponents both in wins and losses. The offense is swinging the ball around in rhythm and finding wide open shooters. This is none more evident than in the season opener against Chicago. Shane Battier went a whopping 4-4 from beyond the arc on all open three point attempts created by great offense.
Leading the way in the assist totals for the Heat this season is none other than the most valuable player: LeBron James. Through six games Lebron is averaging 8 assists a game. It is evident that while he has still gotten his scoring, LeBron is putting a greater emphasis on distributing the basketball to his teammates.
After James, point guard Mario Chalmers has a solid number of 5.2 assists per game, and Dwayne Wade has chipped in a solid 4.3 assists per game. In total, the Heat have averaged 28.6 assists per game… best in the NBA. The Heat also lead the league in assist percentage (the % of shots that assisted on) with 74.9% of made baskets coming from an assist, best in the league by 7%.
By sharing the ball, the Heat have also been one of the most efficient teams in the league in offense. The Heat are third in offensive rating, second in effective field goal percentage, and first in true shooting percentage. At a time in the season where teams are supposed to be ironing things out, the Heat have the look of a team that is headed into it’s fourth season with a very similar core unit.