Projecting the Heat with Carmelo

Examining stats, roster, role adjustments to determine Melo's fit in Miami

Updated: June 12, 2014, 3:21 PM ET
By Kevin Pelton | ESPN Insider

Carmelo Anthony and LeBron JamesJim McIsaac/Getty ImagesHow would Carmelo Anthony fit with LeBron James & Co. in Miami?

It's June 2015 and the Miami Heat's dreams have come true. Looking to extend their title run, Heat stars Chris Bosh, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade have opted out and signed smaller contracts, clearing enough cap space for Miami to sign Carmelo Anthony at a similar discount as an unrestricted free agent -- a scenario detailed by our Marc Stein and Brian Windhorst.

Now, in our vision, comes the fun part for everyone but opponents: Seeing how the Heat's star-studded lineup might play out on the court. What can numbers tell us about the potential new Miami "Big Four" mix?

Adjustment of roles

Advanced statistics aren't required to realize the Heat's Big Three and Anthony would be in for some adjustments if they joined forces, much as was the case when Bosh and James teamed up with Wade four years ago. However, advanced stats can quantify the magnitude of the change.