Miami Heat Player Countdown: 8. Chris Bosh

Maddie Meyer

A progressive review of power forward Chris Bosh.

Chris Bosh is a 6'10" power forward and center from Dallas, TX. Born on March 24th, 1984, he played at the prep level with Lincoln High in his hometown. He made the McDonald's All American squad as a senior in 2002, then played college ball with the Georgia Tech Yellowjackets. He declared himself eligible for the NBA draft after scoring 15.6 points with nine rebounds per game as a freshman.

The Toronto Raptors selected Bosh in the first round in 2003, with the fourth overall pick. When all was said and done, he sat atop the Raptors all time leaderboard with 10,275 points, 4,776 rebounds, and 600 blocks. He played 509 games over seven seasons, averaging 20.2 points, 9.4 rebounds, and 2.2 assists per game. He also made the all-star team in each of his last five seasons with the club. During the 2010 offseason, the Raptors traded him to the Heat for two draft picks (Norris Cole, who is now also on the Heat, and Jonas Valanciunas).

In 2010-11, Bosh started in 77 games, shot 49.6% in 36.3 minutes per game, and scored 18.7 points (team third). He also pitched in with a team leading 8.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists, making his sixth consecutive all-star appearance. He finished the season with 28 double doubles, failing to score more than nine points on three occasions. On November 17th, as the Heat defeated the Phoenix Suns, 123-96, Bosh scored a season and game high 35 points on 12-of-17 shooting along with six rebounds and four dimes. On Christmas Day, he scored 24 points on the Lakers, along with 13 rebounds as the Heat defeated Los Angeles, 96-80. On March 14th, he dropped in a game high 30 with 12 rebounds against the San Antonio Spurs in a 110-80 Heat victory. On March 27th, he scored 31 points with 12 rebounds and three helpers in a 125-119 win over the Houston Rockets. The Heat posted a 55-22 record with Bosh on the floor. Miami earned the second seed in the East with a record of 58-24. He nearly duplicated his season averages in the playoffs, appearing in all 21 Miami games. He had his best game in a game three, 96-85 win over the Chicago Bulls, when he hit 13-of-18 shots from the field for 34 points, along with five rebounds. Miami eventually lost the Finals to the Dallas Mavericks.

2011-12 would see Bosh earn his seventh all-star invitation and appear in 57 games of the lockout-shortened season. He played 35.2 minutes per night, scoring 18 points (team third) on 48.7% shooting with 7.9 rebounds (team second) and 1.8 assists (team fifth). He finished in double digits 51 times with 11 double doubles, helping the Heat go 42-15 (they went 4-5 with him on the sideline). On January 5th, in a 116-109, triple overtime win against the Atlanta Hawks on January 5th, he sunk 33 with 14 rebounds and five assists. He scored a game and season high 35 points with seven boards on January 24th as Miami defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers, 92-85. On April 16th, as the Heat defeated the New Jersey Nets, 101-98, he scored 22 points with 15 rebounds. Miami again finished the season seeded second in the Eastern Conference. They then defeated the Knicks in five, the Indiana Pacers in six, the Boston Celtics in seven, and the Oklahoma City Thunder in five. He averaged 14 points with eight rebounds and one block per game through the postseason.

Bosh averaged 33.2 minutes per game in 74 contests in 2012-13. He scored 16.6 points (team third) on a career best 53.5% field goal percentage with 6.8 rebounds (team second), 1.7 helpers (team fifth) and a team leading 1.4 blocks per game. He scored 10 or more points 67 times with 15 double doubles. He also played in his eighth straight all-star game. In a 119-116 win against the Denver Nuggets on November 3rd, he scored 40 points for the first time while with the Heat, on 15-of-22 shots with seven rebounds. He sunk 24 points on nine-of-14 shooting with a season high 18 rebounds on November 21st, as the Heat defeated the Milwaukee Bucks, 113-106. On February 12th, in a 117-104 win over the Portland TrailBlazers, he went 13-of-16 from the floor, with 11 rebounds. The team went 58-16 while Bosh was in the lineup (and 8-0 without him). On April 25th, in Miami's game three, 104-91 win over the Milwaukee Bucks, he finished with 16 points and 14 rebounds. Miami swept them in four. In the Heat's game three win over the Chicago Bulls, 104-94, Bosh scored 20 points with 19 rebounds, four assists and two blocks. Miami won the series in five. They then needed seven contests to eliminate the Pacers and later the San Antonio Spurs. Bosh averaged 12.1 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.6 blocks, 1.5 assists, and one steal per playoff game as Miami won their second NBA title in a row.

Bosh is entering the fourth year of a six-year, $109,837,500 contract with a shared option in 2014-15 and a player option the following season.

All-Time HEATline: Three seasons, 208 games, 34.9 minutes, 17.8 points, 7.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.9 blocks, 19.2 PER, 32.7 win shares.

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