A year ago, the NBA draft was the biggest event in sports, and for most of the country, that meant the Miami Heat were the favorites to land the No. 1 pick.
Then, the Bulls fell to the Warriors, the Spurs fell to Golden State, and the Warriors fell to Cleveland.
Those were the biggest misses of the season.
The Mavics, meanwhile, are just getting started.
The team is currently in the process of rebuilding under the direction of Billy Donovan, a former NBA coach who has built the Heat into a top-10 team and won a franchise-record seven championships.
After years of being the laughingstock of the NBA for failing to reach the playoffs, the Mavies were given an opportunity to improve their record and return to the playoffs for the first time since 2010.
It didn’t go as planned, as the Mivics lost to the Bulls in five games, but they still earned a top seed in the West, which is where the NBA is right now.
The Mavins will be looking to make another run at the title as well.
The Bulls and Warriors both finished with record losses, so this could be a good time to look at the two teams’ records and what each team can look to improve on to make a run for the title.
The Miami Heat: The Biggest ProblemThis team was built around the two best players on the roster: LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.
They are both very talented, and when you pair that with their ability to make shots from anywhere on the floor, it can be an issue for opposing teams.
In terms of the offense, Miami was an extremely efficient team in 2016-17.
The Heat finished sixth in the league in points per possession, shot 61.4 percent from the field and held opponents to 33.6 percent shooting from 3-point range.
The offense was extremely efficient in its first five games before falling off, averaging only 27.2 points per game.
It is a problem, because the Mins were so good offensively.
In the past five games the Heat have averaged 30.3 points per contest, which has been the worst in the NBA.
This has led to an offensive efficiency of minus-16.3.
The problem is the Mids were very efficient at times in the second half of the year.
After the first half of this season, Miami ranked fifth in the conference in efficiency at 40.4 points per 100 possessions.
The league average is 44.1.
The Miami team shot 41.7 percent from beyond the arc, which was the best mark in the country.
The NBA average is 34.7.
This is where this team could improve, as it was able to get to the second round of the playoffs.
It has a solid bench, with the most efficient scorer on the team, Chris Bosh, who averaged 17.6 points per 40 minutes and 5.8 assists per game, and James Johnson, who was the league leader in assists and assists per 100 minutes.
The rest of the team is good enough to play well enough to make the NBA playoffs, but not elite.
The Biggest FixThe Mivins had some problems in the offseason, with free agent signing of guard Josh Richardson, a solid-to-good rebounder who can score in bunches, and acquiring center Josh Richardson Jr., who has shot 41 percent from 3 in three seasons, and has a decent outside shot.
The problem is that this team has been able to make little improvement.
The average Mavian has shot 44.9 percent from deep in three years, which ranks last in the Big 12.
The offense has been improved, as well, as a team of five players who are shooting 40.0 percent from three-point distance and a few others who are getting to the line at a high clip.
Miami had two players who were above 40 percent from long range this season: Chris Andersen and J.J. Barea.
The offensive improvement has led the Mvics to shoot 52.1 percent from distance this season.
The worst marks of the league is 49.1, so the Mics should improve.
The big issue with this team is the defense, which allowed just 36.7 points per 50 possessions.
It ranked 27th in the East and 28th in league.
The issue is that the Mias defense is not elite, and their offense is not a major reason for this.
The biggest problem this team had is their offense.
The Bulls had the most efficiency at the free throw line, as they shot 47.8 percent.
The second-best mark in this conference is 36.5, and that is good.
But the Bulls defense was the second-worst, allowing 33.8 points per free throw attempt.
The biggest issue for this team was the lack of offense in the paint.
The only player to shoot better than 60 percent from behind the arc was Taj Gibson, who shot 61 percent