The Miami Heat made a big sign-and-trade during the offseason in landing All-Star Jimmy Butler, and it has paid huge dividends with Miami a major surprise in the East and a legitimate conference title contender. The Heat were 41-24 before the NBA season was postponed. Here’s an overview of the Miami Heat 2020 season so far with NBA Odds and NBA Championship Odds.
NBA Miami Heat 2020 Season Analysis
Miami Heat Team Analysis
Miami made a trade before February’s deadline, landing Andre Iguodala and Jae Crowder from the Memphis Grizzlies. Iguodala hasn’t done much yet this season because he had sat out all year with the Grizzlies because he didn’t want to play with them. Miami doesn’t need Iggy for offense but for defense and leadership in the playoffs.
Crowder has been a nice surprise and said he would like to remain in South Beach moving forward with his contract up after this season. He has averaged 11.9 points and 5.8 boards while shooting 39.3% from three in 13 games with the Heat.
“I really want to make [Miami] my home,” Crowder said. “I feel comfortable here, feel comfortable with the whole organization top to bottom. If everything goes as we plan, I’m sure everybody would like to stay together and build off what we’re doing this year and go into next year with the same mind-set.”
Duncan Robinson has connected on at least seven three-point field goals in three consecutive games, becoming just the sixth player in NBA history to achieve the feat (no player has done it in four-straight). Additionally, Robinson has currently hit 240 three-point field goals this season, 230 more than last season when he hit just 10, marking as the largest increase from season-to-season in NBA history. Robinson has currently connected on a three-point field goal in 49-straight games, tying the longest streak in franchise history.
Rookie Kendrick Nunn has totaled 946 points in his first 61 games of the season. His 946 points are the second-most by an undrafted NBA player in their first 61 games during the Common Draft Era (since 1966). The Heat’s rookies are averaging 26.4 points this season, the third-highest overall average in the NBA. Additionally, Miami’s 26.4 rookie scoring average is currently the third-highest during a single-season in team history.
Fellow rookie Tyler Herro made his return on March 11 after missing more than a month because of a foot injury.
Miami Heat Key Numbers & Key Players
Jimmy Butler is averaging 1.70 steals this season, the eighth-highest average in the NBA.
The Heat have had a 20-plus point lead in the first quarter five times this season. Miami has scored at least 70 first half points six times this season, already the most for any season in franchise history. Miami has recorded a +10.0 scoring margin at home this season, the third-highest in the NBA, outscoring opponents by +310 (2nd-best). Miami has totaled 7,192 points this season, the most through the first 64 games of a season in franchise history.
Bam Adebayo has dished out 323 assists this season, becoming just the second player in team history 6’9” or taller with at least 300 assists in a single season, joining Lamar Odom (327) in 2003-04. Goran Dragić has currently scored in double-figures off the bench in 24-straight games, the longest by a reserve in team history.
Adebayo has three triple-doubles this season, becoming just the fourth player in franchise history to record at least three triple-doubles in a single season, joining LeBron James (4), Butler (3) and Hassan Whiteside (3). Adebayo and Butler each posted a triple-double in the same game on Dec. 10 vs. Atlanta, becoming the first set of HEAT teammates to achieve the feat during the same game in franchise history.
Miami’s eight overtime wins are already the most overtime victories in a single-season in Heat history as they are now currently 8-1 in overtime games this season.
Miami Heat Playoffs panorama and Championship Odds
If the playoffs started today, the Heat would be the East’s No. 4 seed, and they are +2800 at Mybookie to win their first title since the Heatles ruled the NBA.