It’s only the preseason. It’s important to keep that in mind when looking at stats from the Heat’s first three preseason games.
But let’s have some fun and extrapolate Heat players’ current stats over 36 minutes. Here are the current per-36 numbers for Heat players this preseason.
DISCLAIMER: Per-36 numbers are the stats a player would amass if they played 36 minutes. Remember that most players aren’t going to play 36 minutes per game, so some of these stat lines are inflated. Still, it helps to paint a picture about each guy.
Hassan Whiteside: 29.3 points, 19.4 rebounds and 5.0 blocks.
These are All-Star numbers. It’s just the preseason, but these stats are further proof that Whiteside is going to have the best season of his career. With Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh not on the court, the offense will go through Whiteside and he’ll definitely improve on last season’s averages of 14.2 points and 11.8 rebounds per game.
Goran Dragic: 19.6 points, 3.7 rebounds and 9.8 assists.
These numbers aren’t really that surprising for Dragic. But the assists number is one to keep an eye on, as he’s averaged 4.7 assists per game over his eight-year NBA career.
Luke Babbitt: 19.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 0.7 assists.
Babbitt is probably not going to play 36 minutes per game, so don’t expect him to put up these averages. Still, this shows that the sharpshooter is one of the players to turn to if the Heat need points.
Dion Waiters: 18.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 6.8 assists.
The Heat would love this stat line from Waiters. It’s hard to imagine Waiters actually averaging this many assists, as he’s averaged 2.5 assists per game over his NBA career. But Miami is asking him to become more of a facilitator, so who knows …
Wayne Ellington: 16.0 points, 3.2 rebounds and 0.8 assists.
This is probably another inflated stat line based on just one game, as Ellington has only played in two of the Heat’s three preseason games. And Ellington scored 14 points in one of them. Still, Ellington is a player who will have big games for Miami every now and then.
Tyler Johnson: 15.9 points, 3.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists.
Johnson has never averaged more than 8.7 points per game in the NBA. In fact, his career-high in college was 15.9 points per game. This would be considered a solid season for the 24-year-old.
Derrick Williams: 14.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.9 assists.
This would make this season a career year for Williams. The 25-year-old has averaged 9.3 points, 4.2 rebounds and 0.7 assists per game over his five-year NBA career.
Rodney McGruder: 13 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists.
McGruder is not expected to make the roster, but don’t be surprised to see him with the Heat’s D-League affiliate — the Sioux Falls Skyforce — this season.
Justise Winslow: 12.1 points, 6.6 rebounds and 4.6 assists.
After Winslow averaged 6.4 points per game as a rookie, this would be a pretty big jump for the 20-year-old. This is a realistic stat line for Winslow this season.
Willie Reed: 10.6 points, 10.6 rebounds and 0.8 blocks.
With Whiteside as the starting center, it’s hard to see Reed playing more than 20 minutes per game this season. So this per-36 minutes stat line is probably not realistic for Reed. But it does indicate that Reed seems to be one of the best rebounders on the Heat’s roster.
James Johnson: 10.3 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists.
Again, Johnson is probably not going to play 36 minutes per game, so these stats are a little inflated. But these numbers show that Johnson can be a productive player for the Heat and will likely be in the rotation.
Briante Weber: 6.4 points, 3.7 rebounds and 5.5 assists.
Weber is fighting for a roster spot and he’s off to an OK start this preseason. If the Heat do decide to make him part of the 15-man roster, it won’t be because of these numbers, though. It will be about Weber’s pesky perimeter defense.
* Keith Benson (4 min), Udonis Haslem (19 min) and Okaro White (8 min) do not qualify because they have each played less than 20 minutes over the Heat’s first three preseason games.
* Chris Bosh, Stefan Jankovic, Josh McRoberts, Josh Richardson, Beno Udrih have not played yet this preseason.