Chris Bosh May Want a Max Contract, But It Won't Likely Come From the Raptors

Robert Seagal-MisovicCorrespondent IJune 5, 2009

CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 16:  Chris Bosh #4 of the Toronto Raptors looks on against the Charlotte Bobcats during their game at Time Warner Cable Arena on March 16, 2009 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  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: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

When asked if he deserved a maximum level contract in 2010, Bosh responded without hesitation, "Yeah, without a doubt. Without a doubt."

The question which has suddenly risen however, is not whether Bosh wants the same money LeBron and Dwyane Wade will be looking for, but if he's worth it.

Max-contract players should to some degree play both ends of the floor, make their teammates better, and put fans in seats.

If the NBA is in fact as much a business as it seems to be, there is no worse investment than Chris Bosh at age 31 playing for over 25-million dollars. Not only is his game starting to become stagnant, but his team has gotten progressively worse over the time as well.

If a player who is legitimately a top-10 player in the league is healthy for more than 65 games, chances are slim to none that his team will miss the playoffs. That's exactly what the Raptors did last season.

People often place Bosh in the same catagory, or god forbid above Carmelo Anthony. How then, has Carmelo Anthony done so much more than Chris Bosh?

Even prior to Billups' arrival, didn't Carmelo Anthony routinely carry teams which were just as talented as the Raptors minus Bosh into the playoffs in the West? Lebron and Wade have each carried their teams to the finals.

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If we're comparing, the Heat minus Wade are actually less talented accross the board than the Raptors minus Bosh. Is the difference between Bosh and a legitimate superstar like Wade 20 wins?

The Raptors went from Atlantic division champions to squeezing into the playoffs to being a lottery team, and it seems Bosh is the same player throughout.

The only season they truly had success, Bosh not only was not being asked to create, but also not being asked to carry the offense in the clutch; that was TJ Ford's job.

Therefore, if the Raptors were eliminated in New Jersey, it wasn't only because Bosh was being stopped by journeymen centers like Mikki Moore and Collins, but because TJ Ford isn't the type of talent who can successfully carry an offense.

The following year, the Raptors tried to go to Bosh more in the clutch and saw even less success. He just isn't cut out to be the main guy on any team, and doesn't bring enough in terms of intangibles to be a top notch complimentary guy ala Gasol.

Therefore, in Bosh you have a player who needs the ball to be effective, but at the same time is incapable of leading a team anywhere without a better player on the perimeter.

There's a reason most teams are targeting him as a side-kick for Lebron and Wade and only the Pistons seem convinced he can do it himself.

There has been no noticeable changes in his strengths or weaknesses from his first year outside of having a greater role. He still remains a bad defender, bad creator, and a less than stellar clutch performer without a post move he can remember twice.

His strengths have always been his quickness and ability to get to the line, rebounding and to some degree his mid-range jump shot.

However, a player like Bosh who has no low post game, little strength, and relies solely on quickness will regress very quickly into his third NBA contract. If the Raptors are stuck paying him one third of their cap space, they'll be in a tough situation to build a winner around him.

Considering how many games he's missed due to injury in the past three seasons and that the number tends to show that he's less durable each year, by age 28 he may be an absolute shell of his former self.

It's good to know that he's already made his plans to opt out and test free agency as well as his insistence that he won't settle for less than LeBron money clear. If Colangelo is proactive, he may still be able to turn Bosh into a few good players via a trade over the next two months.

Players like Bosh deserve about 13 to 14 million dollars per season, and if he's not concerned with what kind of chance he'll have at winning with himself being so over-paid, it's crystal clear that the only thing that matters to Chris Bosh is Chris Bosh.

While it'd be silly to ask a player like Duncan, Bryant or Lebron to play for anything less than the maximum amount payable, when second-rate stars like Bosh, Marion and Andre Iguodala ask for it, there's just something wrong.

Sadly, for the Raptors, they currently hold two of the most over-rated players in the league in Bosh and Marion. Luckily, both seem to be asking above their value and will hopefully be someone else's reason for throwing remote controls at TVs next season.

Bosh will fumble a simple pass with two seconds on the clock or he'll take a three from the top for absolutely no reason.

Marion will miss layups from point blank range in an unorthodox fashion. When announcers ask him about it after the game, his response will be a resounding and philosophical "it is what is".