Miami Heat have been an offensive powerhouse this season. The arrival of Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis has provided the NBA champions with an even wider arsenal of weapons on offense, which is reflected in the stats.
This season, the Heat lead the league in field goal percentage, shooting a very impressive 49.7 percent from the field. Last year, the team ranked fourth in the category, shooting at a 46.7 percent clip. This huge jump is impressive for a multitude of reasons.
First of all, a jump of three percent is quite significant and results in a lot more points and better execution. It is rare to see a team, which does not change its core, make an improvement such as this in just one year. Furthermore, the additions of Allen and Lewis are not exactly going to boost that figure, since both are mainly spot-up shooters.
What makes the great shooting percentage even more impressive is the fact that Miami takes a lot of 3-pointers. They rank eighth in the league in 3-point attempts and their 39.4 percent shooting from beyong the arc ranks them second only to the Golden State Warriors. When 27.4 percent of your field goal attempts are 3-point shots, you can rarely boast a great field goal percentage. A perfect example of this is the New York Knicks, who take the second-most 3-point shots in the league and shoot just 44.6 percent from the field, a field goal percentage that ranks them 18th in the league.
So how have the Heat managed to maintain and even improve on their efficient scoring? Thanks to the big three. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh collectively take almost 60 percent of all of the team’s shots, and all three superstars are averaging career-highs in field goal percentage. This can be attributed to better shot selection and the aforementioned amount of offensive weapons the team has to its disposal. You can no longer just worry about stopping the big three, as the role players can step up and punish you at any time.
Efficient scoring is just another category in which the Heat are superior to their opposition.
Vytis is a Miami Heat and NBA columnist for RantSports. You can follow him on Twitter here: @VytisLasaitis