I guess LeBron James was on something of a mission last season. He not only helped the Miami Heat to their second World Championship, he also turned in one of the great regular seasons of all time.
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1. All the Way with LBJ
I have not concluded all of my Marginal Win Score calculations for the truncated season, but LBJ will certainly be the MVP in this corner of the world, just as he is in every other sane corner of the world. I don’t think anyone else will come within 5 games of his VALUE rating. He was magnificent. At one point in the season, he was outproducing 1967-68 Wilt Chamberlain, which was stunning, but he could not keep it up. Nevertheless, he had a season for the ages.
2. Wade righted himself
Halfway through the season, Dwyane Wade was underproducing. He certainly righted himself by the end and had a highly productive year. The only reason his VALUE rating isn’t higher is because he did was injured and unavailable for a lot of the season. Otherwise, his Marginal Win Score was right about where it always has been.
3. Bosh has a mediocre season
Lucky LeBron carried so much weight this season, because the third member of the supposed Big 3, Chris Bosh, had a very mediocre season. His Personal Winning Percentage was well down from last season. The team needs him though, and appears to be better with him, because it is so thin in talent. But, he just wasn’t that valuable in an abstract sense.
4. Junior Members need some love
Two guys who were actually more valuable than Bosh were fellow big man Udonis Haslem, and the much maligned PG Mario Chalmers. Each of those two had pretty productive seasons. They don’t seem to get much credit, however. In fact, Chalmers seems like the guy the Big 3 love to abuse. Nevertheless, the Heat don’t win a championship without his work, and without the stellar work produced by Mr. Haslem.
5. Two decent small forwards
The Heat also got decent play from the two veteran SFs Mike Miller and Shane Battier. Each guy has produced better numbers in the past, but when you combine the two, they made a pretty nice contribution to the Heat.
6. Garbage Depth
Its great to have such magnificence at the top of your roster, because the Heat had absolute garbage for depth. Joel Anthony has never been any good. I have no idea how Juwan Howard managed to be the last surviving member of the Fab 5, because he hasn’t been productive this century, and newcomer PG Norris Cole, who actually had promising numbers coming out of college, was dreadful — he actually produced negative wins. But, as I said, when you have two NBA All-Time All-Timers at the top of your roster, you’re always going to have a look at an NBA championship, and that has certainly been the case for the Heat.