Nets vs. Heat: Who’s Got The Edge?

Erik Spoelstra
Jason Kidd (far) and Erik Spoelstra (near) go head-to-head in a best-of-seven. (AP)

Deron Williams vs. Mario Chalmers

Deron Williams, Mario Chalmers
Mario Chalmers, Deron Williams (AP)

Chalmers: 68 G, 68 GS, 29.8 MPG, 9.8 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 5.0 APG, 1.7 SPG, 0.2 BPG, .458 FG%, .395 3P%, .745 FT%, 14.3 PER
Williams: 60 G, 54 GS, 32.1 MPG, 14.5 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 6.3 APG, 1.4 SPG, 0.2 BPG, .455 FG%, .368 3P%, .817 FT%, 18.1 PER

Though they’re both point guards, Williams and Chalmers have starkly different roles with their respective teams. Williams is the showrunner, setting up most offensive possessions on the floor and functioning as the primary option on and off the ball. Conversely, Chalmers is a floor spacer, shooting most of his shots from outside the arc or in the restricted area. As a result of their roles, Williams creates more of his offense, while Chalmers takes fewer, more efficient shots.

Williams has improved in the new year, and his mid-range game is a surprisingly effective weapon. Chalmers is a nice player, but Williams has the edge in the head-to-head matchup.


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