Ranking Chris Bosh Among NBA's Top Big Men

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Ranking Chris Bosh Among NBA's Top Big Men
Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
This is for sure: Chris Bosh ranks first among everyone in expressive faces.

It has become sport for many, over the past couple of years, to bash Chris Bosh

There's an incessant focus on what he isn't, rather than what he is. 

“I’m not like 260 pounds,” Bosh said this week. ”What, I’m going to go gain a lot of weight and just go down there and beast everybody? It’s not going to happen. I don’t have those gifts. I have others and, you know, that works for me.”

Through 21 games of this season, Bosh is posting averages that are nearly identical to what he's produced in his first two seasons with the Heat, at 18.1 points and 8.1 rebounds, and he's generating that scoring by taking fewer shots from the field and more from the line, which is the formula Miami prefers.

He's doing so while transitioning full-time to the center position, after playing a mostly-finesse brand of power forward for his first nine seasons.

And he's on his way to his eighth All-Star Game, if not as a starter, since he currently ranks fourth in frontcourt voting behind teammate LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Garnett, then almost certainly as a sub. 

That would seem to suggest that he's firmly among the game's elite, as would the ring that he earned as an indispensable part of the 2012 championship squad.

Still, now that he's no longer the centerpiece of a team, he doesn't always get mentioned in that class.

Where does he rank in several categories, and overall?

Let's break it down.

(All quotes for this piece were gathered in the course of the author's coverage of the Miami Heat for the Palm Beach Post. All statistics were updated entering Monday night's play.) 

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