Houston Rockets: 5 teams that should trade for Ben McLemore

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3. Miami Heat

After reaching the 2020 NBA Finals, the Miami Heat have gotten off to a slow start to the 2020-21 season, as they are currently 11-15 and outside of the playoff picture by a half a game. The Heat have been without star Jimmy Butler for much of the season, as he was forced to miss time due to the novel coronavirus.

Miami has looked to Tyler Herro to replace some of the offensive production from Butler, and while Herro is averaging 16.7 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 4 assists, his 38.9 percent 3-point shooting clip from last season has regressed to 34 percent, despite taking nearly the same amount of attempts. But it’s not just Herro who has taken a step back in 3-point shooting, as sharpshooter Duncan Robinson, whose 44.6 percent from deep last season was fourth best in the league, has also regressed, although he’s still shooting 39.9 percent from deep.

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Miami ranks just 25th in offensive rating and 20th in 3-point percentage, compared to last season, which they ranked seventh and second in the same categories. Part of what made Miami so lethal during their pursuit of a title last season was their long-range shooting in the playoffs, as they made 39 percent of their threes in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, followed by 37.3 percent in the Eastern Conference Semifinals and 36.5 percent in the Finals.

Miami will need to get better from deep, as they are shooting just 35.7 percent from three. Adding a shooter like McLemore, would provide a solution to Miami’s regression from long-range, while also bolstering their bench.

For the likely asking price of a second-round pick, the Heat would be wise to trade for McLemore.

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