LeBron James Needs to Play PG for HEAT?
The simple way to describe the unconventional approach Miami needs is to say that LeBron James should play point guard on this team. Or at the very least, James and Dwyane Wade — two of the most unguardable open-floor players ever to step onto an NBA court — need to share the initiation role in the Heat’s offense. When you have two players who are that unstoppable with the ball in their hands — and a player of LeBron’s otherworldly gifts for passing — there’s no need for Mario Chalmers or Norris Cole to be in 29 of your 30 most frequently used lineups this season.
I could’ve kept going as I scrolled through the handy-dandy advanced metrics tools at NBA.com/stats, but I grew tired of finding their names.
James and Wade don’t need a point guard on the floor with them. They certainly didn’t need one Sunday, when Chalmers (1-for-5, two points) and Cole (2-for-11, seven points) were utterly dominated by Rajon Rondo (16 points, 14 assists). James, one of the top two or three pure passers I have seen come into the NBA since I have been watching it, had zero assists in 35 minutes.
“We didn’t make any shots,” Spoelstra said, noting that Miami shot 35 percent from the field. “How do you get an assist on a missed field goal?”