*These stats were compiled before the Sunday night loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, where the Heat got 40 rebounds and 6 blocks.
When the reigns were handed to Chris Bosh to be the leader of the Miami Heat, it was expected. LeBron was on his way out and Bosh provided the only other athletic spark for the Heat during their Finals loss to the San Antonio Spurs. The Heat fortified with Danny Granger and Josh McRoberts as well as drafting the most NBA ready point guard in the draft in Shabazz Napier.
In the first game of the season, Bosh made his mark with 26 points and 15 rebounds against the Washington Wizards, but since then, the production has trickled in and the Heat looks very inconsistent.
The biggest reason is rebounds. Miami ranks last in the league in rebounds per game. Offensively they’re averaging 21.8 % for 29th in the league and defensively they’re average is 73.4% for 21st in the league. This is also a team with six players who are 6’9″ or taller, but McRoberts has only put in an average of 12.3 minutes per game in seven games due to a toe injury and Justin Hamilton has 18.3 minutes in 4 appearances with an oblique injury.
No one on the Heat is averaging double digit rebounds, Bosh is leading with 9.1, but the next highest on the RPG list is Shawne Williams with 4.6. Even if Bosh is pulling them down off the glass, no one else is trying to match him. James Ennis has given some spark off the bench with high flying moves, but it hasn’t translated to the boards, as he only gets 1.6 a game.
The offensive rebounds are an even sadder story. Justin Hamilton leads the team with 2 offensive rebounds a game. Bosh is a close second on 1.9, but nine other Heat players are averaging less than 1 Offensive Rebound per game.
I thought this was due to being a perimeter heavy team, but looking at the shot charts for Chris Bosh, Luol Deng, Josh McRoberts and Chris Anderson and they’re all heavier on the inside then they’re camping out on jumpers. Shawne Williams is out there in perimeter land, but if you have at least your top two offensive players getting shots from 3 feet to the basket, why are there so few rebounds?
If it’s lack of interior toughness, that would also explain how nobody on the Heat is averaging a block a game. Shawne Williams, again, comes closest with 0.7 blocks per game. D Wade follows suit with 0.6, so Miami is getting perimeter defensive pressure, but on the inside? Bosh has 0.3 and Justin Hamilton has 0.5.
It appears the easiest way to beat the Heat these days is simply get to the basket and go for boards.