Miami Heat

Miami Heat seeing plenty of ups and downs as NBA season’s midpoint nears

Leading the way: Heat guard Dwyane Wade, left, is 10th in the league in scoring at 22.1 points and center Chris Bosh ranks 12th at 21.6.
Leading the way: Heat guard Dwyane Wade, left, is 10th in the league in scoring at 22.1 points and center Chris Bosh ranks 12th at 21.6. Pedro Portal

With the Heat reaching the season’s midpoint Tuesday against Oklahoma City, a look at where each player stands after 40 games:

▪ Dwyane Wade: The good: Ranks 10th in the league in scoring at 22.1 points and fourth in field-goal percentage among shooting guards at 49.5.

With more playmaking responsibilities, his assist average (5.6) stands at its highest since the season before LeBron James’ arrival.

The concern: Wade, who turned 33 on Saturday, has missed 10 games because of hamstring issues. At least his knees haven’t been a problem. … Committing 3.2 turnovers per game, fourth worst among shooting guards.

▪ Chris Bosh: The good: Ranks 12th in scoring at 21.6 and has generally raised his game following LeBron’s departure.

The concern: Rebounding has been OK (7.7 per game, 29th in league) but not exceptional; he averaged 10.0 and 10.8 in his final two seasons with Toronto. And his shooting percentage (47.5), although solid, is his lowest since his second season.

▪ Luol Deng: The good: Shooting far more accurately (49.8 percent) than anytime in the past six years. … Defense has been an asset, particularly in recent games.

The concern: Deng is at his best offensively when teammates get him the ball when he’s cutting or on the move. But in too many games, he has been an afterthought or passive offensively, with 10 games of single-digit scoring, compared with nine all of last season for Chicago and Cleveland. … His 71.4 percent free-throw shooting is well below his career average (77).

▪ Mario Chalmers: The good: Scored at least 20 points in five of the Heat’s first 14 games (none since), and his 10.7 scoring average is a career high.

The concern: On pace for career lows in shooting percentage both overall (39.7) and on threes (27.3: 33 for 121). Has made at least half his shots from the field in only four of the Heat’s past 20 games, including 15 for 43 on the recent West Coast trip. … Averaging a career-high 2.3 turnovers.

▪ Norris Cole: The good: Assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.56-to-1 is slightly about average (23rd of 47 qualifying point guards).

The concern: His 38.8 shooting percentage is third worst among point guards who have started at least half their team’s games. … Shooting a dismal 24.7 percent on threes (21 for 85). … Has had some good moments defensively, but like all of the Heat’s point guards he also has allowed too many blow-bys.

▪ Chris Andersen: The good: Shooting 62 percent from the field, eighth among all players with a minimum of 25 appearances. … His 11.5 rebounds per 48 minutes is average for qualifying centers (tied for 27 of 56).

The concern: Has missed 15 games with assorted injuries. … Scoring average down from 6.6 to 5.1, partly because there are no longer LeBron-delivered lobs.

▪ Hassan Whiteside: The good: The season’s most pleasant surprise, Whiteside ranks fifth among all NBA players (minimum 15 games) in rebounds per 48 minutes (18.5) and first in blocks per 48 minutes (6.3). Scored in double figures in six in a row (including 23 against the Clippers) before foul trouble limited him to four points in 15 minutes Friday against Sacramento. …

The concern: His 6.9 fouls per 48 minutes ranks in the top third for most fouls-per-48 by NBA centers. … Although the growth and production have been impressive, the sample size remains too small to make any definitive judgments about how good he can be.

▪ Danny Granger: The good: After sitting out 20 of the Heat’s first 28 games, Granger scored 18, 21 and 14 points in three games in a row in late December.

The concern: Since then, has shot 7 for 35 in seven games, dropping his overall accuracy to 38.9 percent. … Twice as many turnovers (20) as assists (10). Though he’s moving better than he did early in the season, he’s clearly not the player who was an offensive force for Indiana in his prime.

▪ Shawne Williams: The good: Shooting a career-high 42.7 on threes (56 for 131). Started the Heat’s first 17 games (just five since) and played well at times, including 16 points in a win against Toronto.

The concern: Doesn’t have any other clearly above-average skill besides three-point shooting. Averaging 3.5 rebounds as a “stretch” power forward and has had lapses defensively.

▪ Udonis Haslem: The good: Though playing time has been modest (26 games, 14.7 minutes per), the energy, defensive effort and rebounding can still make a difference at times, including Friday against the Kings. His 13.0 rebounds per 48 minutes rank in the top third among power forwards.

The concern: Shooting percentage has dipped to 43.0, well below his 51.4 and 50.7 percent in the past two seasons.

▪ Shabazz Napier: The good: At times, shows craftiness and creativity lacking in the Heat’s other point guards. … Shooting 37.1 percent on threes, ranking 24th of 89 point guards who have appeared in a game.

The concern: Vulnerable defensively and his 1.28-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio ranks 83rd of 89.

▪ James Ennis: The good: Energy and athleticism have helped in short bursts and defensive awareness has improved.

The concern: Needs to improve his 31.4 percent three-point shooting, especially from the wings, to earn more time.

▪ Justin Hamilton: The good: Has kept an NBA job, for whatever that’s worth.

The concern: Despite having decent range, has shot only 6 for 30 on jumpers, isn’t a big deterrent at the rim and his rebounding is subpar for a 7-footer. Didn’t make much of a case during five December starts.

▪ Josh McRoberts: The good: Shot 52.8 percent and displayed deft passing skills during his 17 games.

The concern: A likely season-ending knee injury leaves the Heat not completely sure how good this team would be with him. … His 7.3 rebounds per 48 minutes rank among the league’s worst for power forwards.

▪ Tyler Johnson: Incomplete. Appeared in just one game since signing 10-day contract.

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