Chris Bosh might be the least hyped member of the Miami Heat’s Big Three, but that doesn’t mean his role is any less important. As he makes his bid for an eighth All-Star appearance, Bosh is playing at his absolute best.
The powerful performances seen from CB4 in 2012 are no fluke–they are exactly what he is capable of doing. His explosive offense and powerhouse defense make him a prime All-Star candidate.
In five games to date in 2012, he has posted 18 or more points, and in four games he’s grabbed at least seven rebounds.
They may not be Hall of Fame numbers, but the fact that he is the third guy on the team posting regular big nights makes his value as a player that much higher.
He has shown a definite willingness to adapt to the needs of the team by making the move to center. Despite some minimal growing pains that are to be expected, he has been quite impressive in his role as the Heat’s new middle man.
He’s averaging 1.3 blocks per game and 1.3 steals per game in his new role, and while his defensive rebound numbers are down at 4.5 per game, his offensive boards are actually up to 2.3 per for an overall average of 6.8.
Some have questioned whether coach Erik Spoelstra should move him back to power forward, but that may be jumping the gun. When you take into account the fact that some felt Bosh’s defense was overrated when he came to Miami, you’re seeing his best numbers to date.
Regardless of the little issues, Bosh is putting together a solid All-Star worthy performance in 2012.