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You have three of the league's top scorers at the shooting guard, small forward and power forward position. Obviously, it's going to take some time for adjustments to be made so that these three players can score as effectively as they did in their former locations.
LeBron James hasn't had much trouble averaging 27 points per. Dwyane Wade has seen his output drop to a pedestrian 23 points per game, but is doing so on a career-high 50 percent shooting from the field. These two are the focal points of the Miami Heat offense and they've been the main reason why this team has seen so much success in the past two years.
Of course, the Heat wouldn't have gone anywhere last season if not for Chris Bosh. The power forward overcame a sluggish start to the season to average 19 points and eight boards per and then went on to become a huge factor in the Heat's Eastern Conference Finals victory over the Chicago Bulls. Bosh had two 30-point outings in five games.
I've said it before and I'll say it again: Chris Bosh is the most important player on this team. Without Bosh, the Heat are nothing. They lose out on their best midrange shooter, someone who can shoot and put the ball on the floor and a player who can make some sort of impact on the boards.
If the Heat were to play without Bosh, they'd find themselves running a game that lacks versatility with nothing but attempts at driving and three-pointers.
Therefore you'd expect Bosh to begin getting his this season, right? Wrong. Bosh is averaging only 18 points per game on 49 percent shooting. Yes, he's actually averaging less points than he was in his first season with the team. Those types of kinks were supposed to be worked out, so there's obviously a problem here when it comes to integrating Bosh into the offense.
Bosh is getting paid more than Dwyane Wade and just as much as LeBron James. I know he's set up to be the third scoring option on the team, but there's no reason to treat him as if he was a true third option. Bosh is a primary scoring option who is getting paid primary scoring option money, so why not attempt to play him as if he was a primary scorer?
Throughout the course of the game, Bosh isn't getting enough looks. Finding shots can be hard to come by on this team, but it shouldn't be for someone like Bosh, who should be getting the ball on every single possession. He's one of the most versatile and quick power forwards in the NBA and the Heat need to abuse that advantage they possess.
There's no excuse for Bosh to be scoring 10 to 15 points in multiple games. He can go off for 20 points just as easily as Wade and James can. Instead of working it inside to Bosh and establishing some sort of presence in the midrange, the Heat would elect to start off outside of the perimeter where Wade, James or another point guard sticks the ball at the perimeter.
Let your $16 million get a crack at taking a shot and running the offense. It's inexcusable that the Heat can go lengthy stretches without finding a shot for Bosh. He needs to be fed early in order to establish a rhythm and get some confidence and then you can feed him for the rest of the game. He's not just a microwave you turn on in the third quarter. Bosh needs it in the first to get his game going.
You can get a lot for $16 million these days. I prefer my $16 million to be spent on someone who's going to be doing more than averaging 18 points per game and doesn't get the ball in the second half.