Miami Heat: Is Chris Bosh Overrated or Underappreciated?

Sean GrimmCorrespondent IFebruary 7, 2011

CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 15:  Chris Bosh #1 of the Miami Heat reacts after a play against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on January 15, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Heat 99-96. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Since joining the new star studded Miami Heat, Chris Bosh has almost been overlooked when it comes to discussions regarding the team and their current success.  It's not difficult to see why, as LeBron James and Dwyane Wade can cast pretty large shadows being two of the top players in the NBA.

And right now, Chris Bosh is struggling to get out of their shadows and into his own light, as many around the league, including Heat fans themselves, are currently selling short the power forward on his true worth.

Some are even calling him overrated. Many say he's overpaid. Heat fans wanted him traded in the beginning of the season, thinking he wasn't the right piece for this team.

Well I got news for all Chris Bosh detractors out there—that overrated power forward is currently averaging 18 points and eight rebounds per game, and without those points and rebounds on a nightly basis the Miami Heat would not be where they are now.

But, the points and the rebounds are not even his biggest contribution. Bosh's best asset is simply his presence. As a 6'11" forward who can shoot from virtually anywhere, including the occasional three ball, he stretches the floor and makes James' and Wade's jobs a lot easier.

Not only can he shoot, but he can take the ball to the rim like a guard and his post game is improving with each game. On top of that, he's also getting better defensively, which was undoubtedly the biggest part of his game criticized in the past.

You can complain about Bosh all you want, you can say he's just riding James' and Wade's coattails, you can say he's overrated. Facts will be facts though, and the fact is the Heat need Bosh to win a title just as much as they need Wade or James.