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Miami Heat vs. last 25 NBA champions

We simulate the Miami Heat head-to-head against every NBA champion from the past 25 years

By Jake Westrich - WhatIfSports.com
June 22, 2012

Using our NBA simulation engine, we placed the Miami Heat in a round-robin tournament featuring every NBA champion from the past 25 years. Every team in the tournament played every other team 51 times. The simulation generated each team's winning percentage (Win%) and average points per game (PPG).

To simulate these games or any other theoretical matchups of your choosing, try the WhatIfSports.com NBA SimMatchup tool.

2011-12 Miami Heat vs. Last 25 NBA Champions
RankTeamWin%PPGSimulate vs. Miami Heat
11995-96 Chicago Bulls62.8102.1SimMatchup >
22006-07 San Antonio Spurs60.7101.0SimMatchup >
32008-09 Los Angeles Lakers60.0105.0SimMatchup >
41996-97 Chicago Bulls59.5100.1SimMatchup >
52007-08 Boston Celtics59.1101.4SimMatchup >
61994-95 Houston Rockets57.1108.1SimMatchup >
72004-05 San Antonio Spurs56.799.0SimMatchup >
81991-92 Chicago Bulls56.1104.4SimMatchup >
91986-87 Los Angeles Lakers54.5109.6SimMatchup >
101990-91 Chicago Bulls53.2105.5SimMatchup >
112011-12 Miami Heat52.1101.7SimMatchup >
121992-93 Chicago Bulls50.9102.2SimMatchup >
132001-02 Los Angeles Lakers50.2103.6SimMatchup >
142005-06 Miami Heat50.0104.1SimMatchup >
152010-11 Dallas Mavericks49.5104.8SimMatchup >
162000-01 Los Angeles Lakers47.5104.1SimMatchup >
171999-00 Los Angeles Lakers47.3101.2SimMatchup >
182002-03 San Antonio Spurs47.098.0SimMatchup >
192009-10 Los Angeles Lakers44.2100.6SimMatchup >
201998-99 San Antonio Spurs42.497.4SimMatchup >
211989-90 Detroit Pistons41.5101.7SimMatchup >
221997-98 Chicago Bulls41.597.7SimMatchup >
231987-88 Los Angeles Lakers41.2107.9SimMatchup >
241988-89 Detroit Pistons40.6104.7SimMatchup >
251993-94 Houston Rockets38.5102.3SimMatchup >
262003-04 Detroit Pistons36.197.8SimMatchup >

After dispatching the Oklahoma City Thunder in five games, LeBron James and his Heat teammates earned the coveted title of NBA champions. But where does the team rank among past Larry O'Brien Trophy winners? Using our NBA simulation engine, we played the Heat against the last 25 NBA champions.

The Heat ranked 11th in our simulation, winning 52.1 percent of their games while averaging 101.7 points per contest. The 2011-12 squad edged out their counterparts from the 2005-06 season, when the Heat bested the Dallas Mavericks in six games to claim Dwyane Wade's first championship and Shaquille O'Neal's fourth. The 2005-06 Heat won 50.0 percent of their games in the simulation.

Michael Jordan's 1995-96 Chicago Bulls claimed the best winning percentage, earning victories in 62.8 percent of their games. The Bulls won an NBA-record 72 regular season games that season. Three other Bulls teams joined the 1995-96 squad in the top 10.

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Jake Westrich is the Digital Content Coordinator for WhatIfSports.com. He can be reached at jwestrich@whatifsports.com.

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