Posted by Matt Moore
As we look at the teams around the NBA who genuinely look like contenders to match up with the Heat, we find most of them are those we expected. The Magic, the Celtics, and naturally, the Lakers. But two newcomers have to be considered: the Hornets and Spurs. We've already broken down for you where the Heat are strong and lacking in and of themselves through ten games. Here's a look at the performances of these contenders in relation to the Heat. All stats available from HoopData and reflect games prior to Sunday, November 14th. Category leaders are in bold.
|Signature win||Suns||Heat (2x)||Hawks||Heat||Suns||Magic|
Obviously that last category is subjective, i just took what seemed like the best win from what has been on their schedule. So two of those teams' signature wins are against the Heat. Not a great resume the Heat have building up, considering the Magic, the Heat's signature win, has the second lowest winning percentage of the group and their signature win is against the Hawks.
Getting past the numbers, the Lakers have looked every bit the best team in the league through the first three weeks of the season, while Boston looks very much like the second best. The Hornets' undefeated streak can't be ignored there, and as they are the only two teams with multiple category leads, hard to argue against them. Also interesting to note that the Heat do not lead in any categories.
Quite simply, when you stack the Heat up against their competition? They don't stack up at all so far.