Will Chris Bosh Ever Be an All-Star Again?

Ethan Sherwood Strauss@SherwoodStraussNBA Lead WriterAugust 24, 2012

MIAMI, FL - JUNE 25:  Chris Bosh #1 of the Miami Heat talks to the crowd during a rally for the 2012 NBA Champion Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on June 25, 2012 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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I would bet a vast sum of money on Chris Bosh remaking the All-Star game. He is much maligned for supposed "softness" (I'm still not sure what that term even means), which obscures what is starting to look like a Hall of Fame career. But did you know that Bosh has made seven consecutive All-Star games? 

Currently, Basketball Reference lists Chris Bosh's Hall of Fame probability at .841, making it near assured, per their formula. Yes, I know it's difficult to associate a Hall career with someone who does the following: 

I pray to so many gods that Bosh enters into his Hall induction speech with that motion.

Anyway, Chris should rack up a few more All-Star appearances in the future.

The Eastern Conference is weak at the power forward position, especially when compared to the West.

In the Western Conference, Chris Bosh would have to contend with Kevin Love, Blake Griffin, LaMarcus Aldridge, Dirk Nowitzki, Pau Gasol, Paul Millsap, Serge Ibaka and Zach Randolph. Newcomers like Kenneth Faried, Ryan Anderson and DeMarcus Cousins could also present challenges going forward.

In the East? It's easy. Chris Bosh must contend with a minutes-limited Kevin Garnett, Carlos Boozer, Anderson Varejao and Josh Smith. After that, it gets really ugly. Thaddeus Young, anyone?  

So, barring a huge trade, injury or free-agent move, Bosh has his ASG ticket stamped for around a half decade. He's still in his prime at 28 years old, and he has qualities that tend to age well. Namely, Bosh shoots wonderfully and happens to be quite tall.

An inchoate three-point shot should further that playing longevity. It is far from an ancillary addition, as the Eastern Conference Finals showed. And as Bosch gets older and slower, that shot may be his calling card. He's long enough to hoist it over defenders, the larger of which are usually uncomfortable guarding far from the bucket.

So the ASG coast is about as clear for Chis Bosch as it can be for a player of his skill set. He's at seven All-Star game appearances now, but don't be shocked if he racks up double-digit ASG nominations.