Chris Bosh will be money in the bank
July 7, 2010 34 Comments
If you haven’t heard, the state of Florida has no state income tax. With Chris Bosh announcing today that he will be joining Dwyane Wade in Miami, a little extra cash in his bank account isn’t the only thing that you can count on from the former Toronto Raptor.
For much of his 7 year career in Toronto, Chris Bosh was the face of the franchise. With that title, a player assumes great responsibility, big expectations and enormous pressure. Chris Bosh took the title to heart and worked as hard as he could to improve his game and make himself into the best player he could possibly be.
His hard work has paid off. Chris Bosh has become one of the best big men in the league. It is apparent from the amount of interest he has garnered from teams trying to court him to their city this off-season as well as posting the best numbers of his career last year. He averaged 24.0 points and 10.8 rebounds after adding 15 pounds of muscle prior to the start of last season. Now Bosh may not be the intimidating presence in the paint that other big men are but he makes up for it in so many different ways.
Chris Bosh may not be in the same category as Lebron James and Dwyane Wade there is no doubt that he will have lots of success in Miami.
As mentioned earlier, Bosh is one of the best offensive big men in the league. He has worked extremely hard on his jumper and as a result he has one of the best mid-range games in the league and can nail the 15-18 footer as consistently as almost anyone.
Bosh has also added more of a low post game and a nice fade-away in the low post to his repertoire.
When fresh, he has a very explosive first step that provides serious mismatches for most opposing power forwards. Last season he showed the ability to go to his off right hand on a more regular basis.
The problem in Toronto was that he had to carry too much of the load and consequently was battered, bruised and exhausted as games and the season wore on. Even though before last season he stated that he was going to stop setting for jump shots, a combination of tiredness and frustration made Bosh a pure jump shooter at times later in the season.
In Miami Bosh is not going to have the same issues that he had in Toronto. Dwyane Wade will always be the #1 option so long as Lebron James doesn’t decide to come along. With Wade handling and dishing the ball it will allow Bosh to be less beat up as the season moves forward. Moreover, Bosh will be seeing less double teams and getting more easy baskets than he ever did in Toronto.
Chris Bosh was forced to be the late clock, late game situation player in his tenure in Toronto, which is something he clearly did not have the ability to be. Minus Dirk Nowitzki, most big men are not suited for late game, isolation situations and Chris Bosh is no exception. This again will not be an issue in Miami as Wade will be the obvious choice for those types of situations.
I have read and heard people wonder if Bosh will be unhappy about being the #2 option. I think any Raptor fan can tell you that Bosh will have no problem being Robin to Dwyane Wade’s Batman. Chris Bosh is all about winning and this fact was evident in Toronto even though they didn’t actually win all that much. Fans around the NBA don’t know or don’t realize that Bosh actually has probably one of the most unselfish personalities in the league. Less shots, less touches, who cares? It’s all about the winning for CB4.
Dwyane Wade may be the go to guy in Miami but I don’t see Chris Bosh’s numbers dipping in the coming seasons. I think that if we’re going to see any change in his numbers it will be up rather than down. Bosh has improved every year that he has been in the league and he will be even more motivated this year to do the same
Wade and Lebron is not a good fit in my eyes but it seems like Bosh is the perfect complement to Wade for a number of reasons. The most obvious of them being that Bosh is a big man and Wade is a guard. Secondly, Bosh is not going to demand the ball as much as Wade does and he will be able to step aside at times and let Wade do his thing. Thirdly, Bosh is not the type of big man who is going to clog up the lane for D-Wade’s driving, slashing ways.
Most importantly, defensive game plans are no longer going to focus on stopping Chris Bosh or Dwyane Wade alone, they will center on stopping possibly the best dynamic duo in the NBA.
I’m not sure if the duo will be able to bring Miami a championship right away because of the lack of pieces surrounding them, but make no mistake, Chris Bosh will be money in the bank for the Miami Heat.
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