Miami Heat Still Weak In Three-Point Shooting Depth

By Jared Doyle
November 22, 2015: Issac Baldizon; Gerald Green
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The Miami Heat have one of the top five records in the NBA, currently sitting in the second spot within the Eastern Conference with a record of 8-4. Just to put into perspective how much better this team has gotten, this time last season the Heat were 6-6, and barely able to make it over the .500 mark all season long. Still, as great as the team has been playing as a whole, there are plenty of weak spots this organization can correct before the playoffs happen in April.

Three-point shooting is currently one of the Heat’s weakest areas based on the lack of quality shooters from beyond the arc. To put in perspective just how bad the teams three-point shooting has been overall, the Heat’s best three-point shooter is Tyler Johnson,who is averaging 48 percent from that area. The next best sharpshooter after that is Chris Bosh, a power forward hitting 37 percent from beyond the arc. Johnson is a second year player formerly in the D-League, and Bosh’s natural position shouldn’t allow him to be any teams best three-point shooter, but with this roster, he has become exactly that.

Gerald Green, a player brought on board to be a threat from beyond the arc has been anything but that. In the six games that he has played, Green is shooting a measly 30 percent from the three-point line. For such a one-dimensional player, Green’s one strong attribute has been failing him miserably.

With the glutton of frontcourt players the Heat have, the team would be wise to move one of them via trade in order to acquire another sharpshooting wing player. The current NBA game has transitioned into pure floor spacing through three-point shooting. Without this facet on the roster, the Heat will not be able to outscore opponents, no matter how great the teams overall defense is. This is one area of the roster Pat Riley and the rest of the Heat organization have to correct.

Jared Doyle is a Miami Heat writer for Follow him on Twitter @outofboundsjay, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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