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Chris Bosh is having a tremendous season.
21.64 PER (No. 19 ranked)
Stop treating Bosh like he's LeBron James and Dwyane Wade's tag-along friend. He's having a first-class season.
His 54.9 percent shooting percentage is the highest of any player averaging more than 17.5 points per game. At 17.8 points per game, Bosh is scoring differently than the typical NBA big man.
I'm not a fan of splits that include shooting from different spots of the floor. In fact, from many personal conversations with players and coaches, it's often overvalued. But a player's overall range does have an impact on production.
When Bosh shoots from 16 to 23 feet, he is hitting at 59 percent (2.4-for-4.1 per game), the highest mark of any post player with two or more attempts per game from that range. It's extremely valuable for Miami to have a post player who can connect from that range.
When you play with slashers like James and Wade, the ability to open up the lane or hit a pick-and-pop is incredibly appreciated.
Additionally, Bosh is averaging 7.6 rebounds per game, and that's an area he can continue to strengthen if he is to be an all-around value to the Heat.
Following a Jan. 6 game against the Wizards, Joseph Goodman of the Miami Herald wrote that Heat coach Erik Spoelstra wanted more activity from Bosh defensively. "I just like to see him get off the floor,” Spoelstra said, according to Goodman. “I think he had more jumps in this game than [he has] had in a while."
He's responded to his coach's call for more defense and is averaging three blocks per game in January.
Bosh is not getting enough credit for Miami's success as the best team in the Eastern Conference.