I'm not sure there is a more heavily chastised player than Chris Bosh. No matter what he does, he always seems to be the butt of jokes. If he has a poor game, people will make fun of his salary. If he plays well, people will ridicule the emotion that he often exhibits.
That being said, those who criticize his level of performance frequently do have a point.
Let's face reality here: Bosh did not exactly play well during the 2013 postseason. He was thoroughly dominated by the Indiana Pacers frontcourt, and Tim Duncan abused him for the good majority of the finals. Not only that, but he also scored zero points in Game 7 of the finals. That's right. Zero.
However, all things considered, there is no denying that Bosh is in the upper echelon of big men in the league. He is a fine offensive player and a very solid defender, and what he lacks in brute force he makes up for with craftiness and finesse.
Still, what holds Bosh back is the fact that he is playing out of position. A couple of years ago, power forward and center were essentially interchangeable, but in 2013, that is no longer the case. The NBA is slowly shifting back to a league where positions are more traditional. The center is making a comeback with behemoths like Dwight Howard, Roy Hibbert, Marc Gasol, Brook Lopez, Nikola Pekovic, etc.
Obviously, Bosh has trouble against those types of players. Some natural power forwards (like Duncan and Kevin Garnett, for example) have demonstrated that they have the strength and the toughness to deal with those big men. Bosh simply doesn't possess those qualities, and that is not entirely his fault.
So, the grade that I am giving Bosh is not solely based upon his overall skill. It is also based on how fit he is to play the center position, and for a guy who averaged 6.8 rebounds per game in 2012-13 (7.3 per 36 minutes), it's difficult to say that he is an elite center.
Again, Bosh is a very good big man, but he is not a great center. There is a difference.