Chris Bosh: Undervalued in Toronto

Sean StancillSenior Writer IMarch 21, 2008

Chris Bosh is many things.

He's a left-hander, his team's best player, the most versatile big man in the NBA, and one of the best forwards in the NBA.

The only problem is that he plays in Toronto, where hockey is much more appreciated then basketball.

However, I can appreciate his nifty crossovers, ferocious dunking, and his occasional three point shooting. So why can't the rest of the league?

The Georgia Tech product is averaging 22.3 PPG, 8.8 RPG, and 1.1 BPG. He's averaged more than 30 against Cleveland and Orlando, more than 20 against Dallas and the Lakers, and has proven himself versus other big Western Conference foes by posting 42 in Phoenix, and in New Orleans.

In January, he lead his team in a narrow victory over perhaps the best team in the NBA, the Boston Celtics. Wednesday night, he played a big part in holding the Miami Heat to the third lowest total since the shot clock was put into effect in a 89-54 win. 

Yes, the Heat didn't have Dwyane Wade, but they still had capable scorers including Shawn Marion and Ricky Davis.

The 6-10, 210-pound Bosh also ranks in the Top 10 in several NBA categories, with the most significant being ranked No. 3 in free throw attempts per 48 minutes. Chris has almost carried the team in each game and led the Toronto Raptors to the playoffs last year before they lost to Jason Kidd and the New Jersey Nets.

The Raptors are currently just above 500 at 35-33. good for fifth in the Eastern Conference. Toronto will continue to be on the rise as long as Chris Bosh dons the uniform.