Spotlighting and Breaking Down Miami Heat's Power Forward Position

Eric EdelmanCorrespondent IAugust 27, 2013

Chris Bosh enjoys his spot atop the power forward depth chart for good reason, but where do the others rank?
Chris Bosh enjoys his spot atop the power forward depth chart for good reason, but where do the others rank?Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade tend to grab all of the headlines, but what could make or break the Miami Heat's three-peat hopes might lie in their depth at power forward.

Versatility and flexibility are two traits most Miami Heat players possess at other positions, and their power forward spot is no different.

 It's time we shed a little more light on whom we'll see playing most of the time at the 4-spot and whom we'll expect to see dishing out high fives from the end of the bench.


Enjoying The Most Minutes: Chris Bosh

Yes, when we mentioned the other two members of Miami's world renowned Big Three, we left out the third member—Chris Bosh.

Although Bosh has spent plenty of time in the past as a power forward, he has been called upon to step up as Miami's center for much of his tenure in Miami. As a result, we will consider him more of a flex pivot rather than pigeonhole him as either a center or power forward.

This is basketball after all, and oftentimes your position on the floor isn't necessarily black and white, but rather, it is a  grey area that shifts on a night to night basis depending on the matchup.

Offensively, he is the most polished of anyone else Miami has on their roster at his position(s), and the numbers speak for themselves. 

As Miami's third leading scorer with 16.6 points per contest, it's no surprise he's at the top of our power forward depth chart.

At times he might settle for way too many perimeter shots, but he certainly spreads the floor, and his face-up game is potent enough to take over games if given enough touches in rhythm. 

While his mannerisms and dinosaur-like appearance have become one of the biggest sources of humor for the Twitter hivemind, Bosh is by no means a joke.

He is a legitimate threat on the floor, and there's a reason why he's getting the bulk of Miami's minutes as power forward.

With the addition of Greg Oden, it will help lessen the burden of him having to be Miami's defensive anchor, and it will let him play his natural position more often, assuming Oden's knee doesn't implode from a freak injury of course.


Mid-Tier Minutes: Udonis Haslem

A fan favorite and notoriously tough, Udonis Haslem, otherwise known as UD, has made a name for himself as one of the league's hardest workers.

Offensively, he isn't close to matching the skills and dexterity of a Bosh around the hoop or from the elbows or perimeter, but he is tough on the glass, and he's a workhorse for loose balls.

Sure, he's no Chris Bosh scoring wise, but he can still be used in pick-and-pop sets, and he sports a reliable baseline jumper.

He's a little undersized (he's 6'8"), and again, lacks the offensive prowess to be a full-time starter, but he's perfect to inject in spurts throughout a contest.

Consider him a mid-tier option on this roster, but to have a player of his skill coming off the bench is more of a luxury for Miami than anything else.


The Occasional Minute or Two: Rashard Lewis


In his heyday, Rashard Lewis along with Hedo Turkoglu, Jameer Nelson and Dwight Howard composed an extremely talented core that made the Orlando Magic a legitimate title contender.

At this stage in his career, however, there is no more Orlando and no more Hedo, so it's just Lewis, the Heat and his pump fake-and-drive or stand-and-shoot offense.

He especially loves to camp out in the corners when he spots up, but other than that, he's strictly a face-up forward whom you'll find at the bottom of the depth chart.

There's simply too much depth overall at the power forward position for him to see extended playing time due to his limited skill set, but he's by no means useless.

Expect Miami to use him in a strictly utilitarian role—securing late-game leads at the free-throw line, plugging him in for a desperate attempt at a long ball or simply a body to be checked in during a meaningless late season game in April. 

Lewis can still shoot the trey with the best of them, but don't expect much else from him. 

Regardless, he is still another multi-tooled, flex option that Miami enjoys on their roster.