The REAL Reason Why The Heat Are SO Good In The NBA (Ft Jimmy Butler, Passing, & Weird Defense)
The Miami Heat and Jimmy Butler have been so good this NBA season, against the Lakers, the Bucks, but why? #NBA #Heat #Butler
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The Heat are 19-8 which is the 6th best record in the league. Before the season started, the Heat were expected to be a middle of the road team, they were 14th for power rankings in the preseason. After a couple Dion Waiters suspensions, now, they’re competing with every team. Just a few days ago, they lost an intense game to the Lakers by 3, they’ve beat the Bucks, but they aren’t the typical team with a 2 star duo.
While Jimmy Butler is averaging 21.2 points and 6.4 rebounds, he’s shooting the worst he has ever shot in a season since the 2013-14 season. He’s shooting 43% from the field (43.2) and 28.0% from 3. Yeah, he’s one of the worst shooters in the league right now, but the Heat are a +13.4 with him on the court vs off. A lot of that can be contributed to his playmaking. Butler is averaging 6.8 assists per game which is a career high for him.
Interestingly enough, Butler has spent 0% of time as a guard this season. Whaaaat He has played 77% at small forward and 23% at power forward. Butler is usually surrounded by two guards that can shoot and 2 bigs, one of which also can shoot like Myers Leonard and Kelly Olynk. Erik Spoelstra has given Butler shooting options around him which actually allows him to play to his strengths instead of being relied upon as a shooter himself. Especially with the emergence of Kendrick Nunn, Duncan Robinson, and Tyler Herro, the guard rotation has gotten filled.
Butler is also one of the most clutch players in the league. Even though he’s not efficient, he’s 5th in the league in points per game in the clutch and 3rd in the league in assists per game in the clutch. This is what the Heat were missing last year, Wade was their closer (mamba mentality), but Wade was not a star level player in his last season. Butler can lead a team down the stretch, we’ve seen it against the overtime game against the Mavericks and we’ve seen time and time again that he can make the big shot. The Heat are 6 and 2 in the clutch this season when Butler plays.
Jimmy Butler’s most passed to player is Bam Adebayo. Bam has been special this year. He’s averaging 15.2 points, 10.6 rebounds, and 4.6 assists. Those 4.6 assists are special because he’s not just getting it through handoffs. He’s actually dribbling the ball up and making reads like a guard. Bam had a triple double against the Mavericks and a 30 point triple double against the Hawks.
We knew that Butler would add defense to this team. Spoelstra and Pat Riley have created a rough rider mentality where every player plays hard defense, but they were still missing a lockdown perimeter defender. Butler is completely disrupting perimeter players. On shots greater than 15 feet, he’s causing a drop of 9.1% from the field. On 3s, he’s causing a drop of -8.4%. That is elite. Butler’s being a bully. But I think what he isn’t getting enough credit for is his team defense and off-ball defense. For example, here Butler stunts help, stays loaded since he’s guarding LeBron, and he’s already leaning slightly back before the pass even happens. He gets the steal and he’s off. Butler is leading the league in steals at the moment at 2.1 steals.
Bam Adebayo is a special case defensively too, specifically because of how the Heat want to use him. For example, against the Rockets, Spoelstra matched up Bam with Russell Westbrook. Whaaaat. Yeah a center matched up with an all-star point guard. The experiment… didn’t work. Westbrook had 27, 7,and 9, and the Heat lost by 9, but just the idea is radical and yet it makes sense. He’s 6’ 9” with a 7’1” wingspan. So not only can he defend the paint, he’s able to switch out on the perimeter. While I don’t think should be the primary defender on a guard, he can be switched on for a few possessions.
Jimmy Butler has a questionable reputation as a teammate, but on the Heat, it seems as if all his teammates love him. All these players are playing for each other and for the team. If that wasn’t there, then none of this could work the way it has, but it’s great to see such camaraderie between teammates. This team just doesn’t tank man. This season, when all the other teams are stacked, the Heat knew that they wouldn’t have the firepower to match, but still got a star in Butler. They have a lot of versatility in their lineups, shooting, playmaking, interior finishing, and defense. The Heat are going to be a tough out in the playoffs. What they are missing is star talent, but they ain’t gonna make anything easy. But what do you think? How far will the Heat go?