5 Reasons Chris Bosh Shouldn't Become Miami Heat's 2nd Scoring Option
That role should still belong to offensive savant Dwyane Wade.
Bosh definitely needs to shoulder more of the offensive load with an aging Wade on the roster; however, for a variety of reasons, the Heat will be more successful this upcoming season if Wade is the clear-cut No.2 option behind LeBron James and ahead of Bosh.
The Heat Have Had Tremendous Success with Him as the Third Scoring Option
It’s always best not to mess with what's working, and that’s exactly what the Heat would be doing if they thrust Bosh into the role of No. 2 scorer.
The Heat have obviously been incredibly successful with Bosh as the No. 3 option, reaching the NBA Finals in both years of the Big Three era and winning the title in 2011-12.
With that kind of past success, it would be a mistake to make a major shift in philosophy such as relegating Dwyane Wade to being the No. 3 scoring option.
These past two seasons proved that the Heat absolutely need Bosh's offensive prowess to win a championship, but we have also learned that those skills are best utilized in a supporting role.
Dwyane Wade Is Older, but Still Elite
In last year's postseason, Wade clearly didn't perform to the incredibly high level fans were accustomed to seeing from him (averaging 22.8 PPG, his lowest postseason average since his rookie season). Still, many were way too quick to write him off as an elite player.
His less-than-stellar performance can easily be explained, as he had just completed a grueling shortened season filled with back-to-backs and was clearly not healthy for the postseason.
After offseason knee surgery, expect Wade to be raring to go for 2012-13.
And even though he's older and more prone to getting dinged-up here and there, Dwyane Wade is still one of the very best the NBA has to offer.
Despite the shortened season, Wade was incredible on the offensive end in 2011-12. He shot 49.7 percent from the field (the highest mark for a shooting guard) and finished with a PER of 26.37 (the third-highest mark in the NBA, behind only LeBron James and Chris Paul).
Wade is simply too potent on the offensive end for the Heat not to be best with him as their second scoring option.
The Heat Need Bosh to Expend More Energy on the Defensive End
A major problem with Bosh becoming the No. 2 scoring option stems from the fact that he would have to exert even more energy on the offensive end to deliver the volume of production the team would be counting on.
This in turn would lead to Bosh having less energy available to devote to the defensive end, where the Heat need him to perform to the best of his ability for them to reach their potential.
See, that whole notion of Chris Bosh being a one-dimensional player is long gone. He has improved his defense leaps and bounds since joining the Heat, and his ability to help played a huge role in the Heat's 4-1 series victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder in this past NBA Finals.
And with the Heat planning to routinely use Bosh this season at the 5, just as they did in the 2011-12 postseason, it's even more imperative than ever that Bosh focuses heavily on his defense.
Bosh Is Already Comfortable with Being the Third Option
Bosh appeared completely comfortable taking a backseat to LeBron and D-Wade in the 2011-12 season, which really helped both him and the team to flourish.
So while being made the No. 2 scorer in 2012-13 would probably make Bosh happier, it's unnecessary. Bosh has carved out his niche as the No. 3 option, understanding that the team is best when he is in that role.
Bosh needs to focus on further excelling in the role that he has played in these past two seasons rather than attempting to try to gain comfort in a new role.
The Negative Impact on Wade's Game
Wade has been very public about how difficult it was for him to step aside and allow the Heat to become LeBron's team.
But Wade understood that the team was, and still is, better with LeBron running the show, so he was willing to make the sacrifice.
Does Wade feel that way about relinquishing his No. 2 scoring role to Bosh? I would assume not. And he shouldn't for the reasons I've written about.
After being the top scoring option for much of his career, wouldn't Wade be extremely uncomfortable as the third option?
Wade was able to become comfortable enough as the No. 2 scoring option for the Heat to win this past championship because he was following behind the game's best player.
But him flourishing as the third banana? Seems highly unlikely.
There's simply not much point in taking such a risk with Wade's game when this Heat team is so set on its current identity.
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