Chris Bosh was always one to stuff the stat sheet as a member of the Toronto Raptors. The big man was a 20-10 threat every night and feasted on opponents.
But Bosh's Raptors teams never experienced much success with him as the No. 1 option, failing to ever make it out of the first round during his seven-year stint.
This has many skeptical about how the Heat will fare this season with Bosh taking over as the top scoring option.
But Bosh, who averaged 24.0 points and 10.8 rebounds per game in his final year with the Raptors in 2009-10, is actually a much better player today than he was when he left Canada for South Beach.
Bosh has become a much more versatile offensive player; he's an excellent small-ball center, elite mid-range shooter and a solid option from beyond the arc. His defense, especially in the pick-and-roll, has also seen great improvements.
So, those who use Bosh's lack of playoff success as a No. 1 option in Toronto against him today are ignoring the fact he's not the same player he was then.
The 11-year veteran might have averaged just 16.2 points and 6.6 rebounds per game this past season, but he's no longer the No. 3 option in Miami. Bosh is going to put up numbers and lead his team to plenty of victories.