Jason Kidd’s bold claim about the Miami Heat is backed up by defensive statistics.


Jason Kidd’s bold claim about the Miami Heat is backed up by defensive statistics.

It was a comment that drew a lot of attention in the NBA. Mavericks coach Jason Kidd was effusive in his praise for the Miami Heat after their 125-110 away victory over the Mavericks on Tuesday night, the team’s sixth in a row.

“I would say the Heat are the greatest team in the league right now,” Kidd said. “They’re men who know how to have fun.”

While the offense has been strong, ranking second in the league with 114.3 points per 100 possessions, according to NBA.com/Stats, it has been the defense that has kept this club afloat thus far. The numbers back this up.

Consider the following figures:

With a field-goal percentage of 39.7%, the Heat lead the NBA in field-goal percentage allowed.
At 97.9 points per 100 possessions, the Heat have the best defensive rating in the league.
With a defensive rebound percentage of 78.9%, the Heat are the best in the league.
The Heat lead the league in field-goal percentage difference, which compares how players shoot against Miami’s defense versus other defenses. Teams shoot 4.7 percent worse against Miami than they do against the rest of the league.
The Heat have the best net rating in the NBA (16.7), which is the difference between their offensive and defensive scores.
Additions to the Collection Heat’s New-Look D: Lowry, Tucker

Some of the Heat’s newcomers have helped the defense, particularly starters Kyle Lowry at point guard and P.J. Tucker at power forward. This season, Lowry has a defensive rating of 94.2 points per 100 possessions, while Tucker has a defensive rating of 95.3.

Lowry is ranked 11th among all players who have played at least 20 minutes. Bam Adebayo, the center who will undoubtedly be a Defensive Player of the Year candidate, is ranked sixth, with a score of 91.5.

The Heat are igniting because to Bam Adebayo’s lockdown defense!

Bama’s shot defense is near the top of the league, according to #NBACourtOptix powered by Microsoft Azure.

On TNT at 7:30 p.m. ET, watch Bam and the @MiamiHEAT take on Dallas. pic.twitter.com/RXF0h8iJT2

November 2, 2021 — NBA (@NBA)

Lowry has been a significant improvement defensively at point guard. Lowry is known for his bulldog grit and tenacity, which was lacking in last year’s point-guard tandem, despite his short stature (6 feet) (Goran Dragic and Kendrick Nunn).

Similarly, Tucker has established himself as a force to be reckoned with… Nokia News – Quick Recap


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