Why Miami Heat’s PG Problem Is the Most Overblown Story in the NBA

September 18th, 2012 by Josh Martin Leave a reply »
If there's anything the Miami Heat demonstrated during their romp to the NBA title last season, it's that winning at the highest level doesn't require filling traditional positions.

Particularly if the team in question employs players with the versatility and skill to handle multiple roles on both ends of the floor. And, in the Heat's case, if two of those players—LeBron James and Dwyane Wade—happen to be among the best non-point-guard distributors in basketball.

To be sure, Miami's stock of "traditional" point guards was and remains decidedly sub-par. According to 82games.com, the Heat's "ones" combined for a paltry player efficiency rating (PER) of 11.4—well below the standard league average of 15—and contributed just 5.5 assists against 3.9 turnovers per game.

Much of the blame for that putridity falls on the shoulders of Mario Chalmers. Among point guards who averaged at least 20 minutes per contest in 2011-12, Chalmers ranked among the 10 most turnover-prone despite also placing in the bottom-10 in usage rate, which is defined by Hoopdata as the "percentage of offensive possessions used by a player during his ...

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