Click here to read part one, where we looked at Bosh's history of centers he's played with
Before we get into the nitty gritty, let's step back and look at Bosh's numbers this season. 21.0 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. 46.2% from the field and 36.7% from three. While the field goal percentage seems quite low by Bosh's standards, when you remove the career high 3.8 attempts from three, his two point percentage of 49% is just in line with many of his all-star Toronto Raptors seasons.
So where does Whiteside fit into the picture? It's a little tricky to decide which point to start with, but for the sake of simplicity, we'll start in 2015, which started with a game against the Houston Rockets on January 3rd.
Numbers down slightly across the board, but nothing too glaring either. With that being the case, let's dig deeper.
Chris Bosh Shot Chart: Entire Season vs. 2015
We can see Bosh is getting fewer shots at the rim, while getting slightly more in the restricted area and midrange while the three point attempts have been stagnant. From every spot except the corner three and the rim, he's shot a tad worse. Still, the distribution isn't as drastic as one would assume.
The next element we'll utilize is player tracking.
Bosh Player Tracking: Entire 2014-2015 Season
So with this shoddily cobbled together set of screenshots, we can at least highlight a few things. About 40% of Bosh's shots are "catch-and-shoot," he takes nearly two-thirds of his shots without a dribble, he takes over half of his shots in the middle of the shot clock (15-7 seconds), and a third of his shots are open while another third are "tight." No matter how he is covered, his FG% is generally pretty consistent.
Bosh Player Tracking: January 1st-February 8th 2015
Jumping to the Whiteside era, again there's nothing that quite jumps out at you. Bosh is shooting a bit more of his attempts while covered "tightly," and taking fewer shots from less than 10 feet, but it's not a striking contrast.
So why is Bosh seemingly playing worse with Whiteside? It likely has less to do with Hassan and more to do with Dwyane Wade's absence and lack of creation and spacing that has plagued Miami lately. Still, Bosh is rebounding less and shooting from the perimeter just a bit more that it's worth keeping an eye out on. Bosh has a usage percentage of 28.9% and a rebound percentage of 25.5% on the year. From January on however, his usage percentage has risen to 29.4%, but his rebound percentage has plummeted to 19.0%. The rebound drop can be explained by Hassan grabbing Spaldings like they were gold coins.
It really is quite shocking that a power forward as talented as Chris Bosh has never had a good center to play with until now. In theory, Bosh being relieved of responsibilities defending the rim and guarding players larger than him should ease the wear-and-tear as he transitions into his 30s, but Bosh came into the year with the team built around him and now is faced with the reality that Whiteside is numerically Miami's most important individual player (still hard to type that but the on/off numbers speak for themselves). A better gauge of everyone's adjustment will occur once Dwyane Wade returns. As Grantland's Zach Lowe notes:
"Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, and Hassan Whiteside have played only 80 minutes together. The Heat have blitzed opponents by nearly 21 points per 100 possessions in those 80 minutes"
Miami is clinging on to an 8th seed they briefly lost before some favorable losses last night, but if their health breaks right, they are poised to have a big March, a month that has salvaged some notable Heat seasons in the past.