Miami Heat: 10 stats that show why they should be feared in Orlando

Jae Crowder #99 of the Miami Heat celebrates with teammate Jimmy Butler #22 after a basket (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
Jae Crowder #99 of the Miami Heat celebrates with teammate Jimmy Butler #22 after a basket (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) /
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Goran Dragic #7 of the Miami Heat makes a jumper with 13.7 seconds remaining in the game against the Brooklyn Nets (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

Do the Miami Heat have the stats to match their ambitions in Orlando?

7. 2nd in AST/TO Ratio in the clutch- 2.15

While this can be a misleading stat, it can read in a few different ways, but both of them mean something very good for the Miami Heat. You also have to be aware of the fact that by clutch, that typically means “within the last five minutes of a game” in most NBA analytics circles.

The first means of interpretation though is simply this, the Miami Heat don’t turn the ball over that much in the clutch, as indicated by their ranking and raw figures here. The second way to interpret the figure is in this way.

For every turnover that the Miami Heat give away in the clutch, they then turn around and convert 2.5 assists. While you would prefer them to hold on to the ball on every possession, being the second-best team in doing so, at any rate, is enough to evoke fear in an opponent.

8. They lead the league in team 3-point percentage-38.3 percent

The Miami Heat are a pretty deadly shooting three-point team, as their league-leading rank would tend to indicate in most cases. Sitting quite a few percentage points atop the league average three-point shooting percentage of 35.7 percent, the difference is a pretty hefty one when you consider the preciseness of statistics and the huge difference that even minute adjustments can make towards these statistics.

With eight of the 14 players that are guaranteed to be in Orlando individually shooting over the league average, they are a team that can flat out light it up from the outside. Throw in the fact that some of their top shooters, when you combine volume and percentage, are flat out lighting it up whenever they let it fly, they have a shot against anyone.

Jae Crowder attempts nearly seven triples a game at a 39.3 percent clip, Goran Dragic attempts nearly six at a 37.7 percent clip, and arguably the best shooter in the league in flame thrower Duncan Robinson shoots 8.4 threes a contest at a 44.8 percent clip.

With just a rough estimate, that’s at least around eight triples a contest from just those three guys. That is why their team three-point shooting percentage is a stat that shows they should be feared in the playoffs.