Miami Heat: The Most Important Player from Miami's Trio

Brandon RibakSenior Writer IOctober 12, 2010

Many people became familiar with the name Chris Bosh once the NBA offseason free-agent extravaganza kicked off.

But after teaming up with Dwyane Wade and LeBron James in Miami, the 6’11″ forward out of Georgia Tech is finally beginning to receive the recognition that he so rightfully deserves.

During the 2003 NBA Draft, Chris Bosh was selected by the Toronto Raptors with the fourth overall pick (leaving Dwyane Wade on the board to be selected with the next pick by the Miami Heat).

Seven years later, Bosh has career averages of 20.2 PPG, 9.4 RPG, 2.2 APG, 1.2 BPG, and a shooting percentage just under 50 percent.

The five time NBA All-Star was one of only three players to average at least 20 PPG and 10 RPG last season.

Although the forward’s statistics should make him more of a household name, it hasn’t, well at least up until this point.

As a Toronto Raptor Bosh failed to pass the first round of the playoffs, but could fingers be pointed at the star when his best teammate throughout the seven years was arguably Jalen Rose (or maybe it was Charlie Villanueva).

This offseason Toronto’s head coach Jay Triano spoke out about Chris Bosh, stating how he viewed him as a player.

“When you talk about Chris being the leader in the locker room,” Triano told a Toronto radio station, “I think it’s the one thing that he wasn’t for us."

“He did a great job of getting 24 points and 10, 11 rebounds on a regular basis, but Chris did not really take the leadership role into the locker room. He’s not a vocal person; he’s not a guy who really did that.”

“I think in the years that he’s been here,” Triano said, “he’s almost deferred to different people."

“Everybody kind of waited for him to take the reins last year and it could’ve been part of the issues we had.”

Now being a part of the Miami Heat, Bosh has the leisure of not having to be the leader of the locker room. He doesn’t have to be a vocal person and he doesn’t have to be waited upon to take the reins for his team.

Chris Bosh is best at putting the ball into the basket, whether it be in the paint or anywhere around the perimeter. He excels at boxing his men out and has been a top rebounder in the league ever since he first step foot onto the NBA court.

With LeBron James and Dwyane Wade receiving so much attention (from the media and on the court) the one most forgotten about will inevitably be the key reason Miami not only makes it to the NBA Finals, but win’s it all.

Expect big things from the former Yellow Jacket this season, because right when you thought it was going to be a toss up between James or Wade to take the final shot with the seconds ticking, the team will ultimately turn to Bosh to secure the victory.

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