Josh McRoberts’ time with the Heat hadn’t been going well.
From offseason toe surgery that limited him in camp to ripping his jersey in frustration to another minor injury sidelining him, something has often been going wrong. There was hope the new acquisition would get back on track, but it won’t happen anytime soon.
As poorly as McRoberts has played this season – he’s averaging 4.2 points and 2.6 rebounds per game – the Heat have been much better with him on the court.
- Offensive rating: 103.9
- Defensive rating: 97.8
- Net rating: +6.1
- Offensive rating: 103.5
- Defensive rating: 110.0
- Net rating: -6.5
His skills – passing, shooting and defending with length – just work in Erik Spoelstra’s system.
Justin Hamilton and Shawne Williams figure to get a larger roles going forward, and they can hold their own by playing hard. But without McRoberts, Miami’s ceiling is considerably lower.