It's no secret that Chris Bosh is back. Like the character of John Wick, Bosh dragged his way back from a long absence and is making those who forgot his name pay.
Casual fans who turn on a Miami Heat game once in a while obviously see Bosh dominating and think it's expected of him, however what many easily forget is that this time last year, he was in an incredibly dangerous situation.
It's no secret that Bosh missed the rest of Miami's regular season in February of 2015 when he was diagnosed with blood clots in his lungs. However, despite the terrible circumstances that he faced a year ago, what he is doing right now on the basketball court is remarkable.
At the time of this writing, Bosh has been selected to his 11th straight All-Star game and the Heat have just reeled off 3 straight wins coming off a tough stretch with multiple injuries. Bosh is currently averaging 19.2 points, and 7.6 rebounds per contest all while shooting 37% from beyond the arc. He's one of the NBA's best big man, but if you don't believe me just see what Heat President Pat Riley had to say about him when asked about Bosh's All-Star selection in an interview with the Miami Herald:
"That's great. I would broken a few locker room doors if he had not gotten named. He's the best big man in the Eastern Conference. I think he's had the best season of any big man in the East. Maybe you can hit me with another name in the East. The most efficient, versatile, dependable, durable big in the East."
What's unique about Bosh, is that he does everything incredibly well, but his lack of flashy play allows him to fly under the radar, which of course is undeserved.
Taking a look at Bosh's play against the Nets his whole arsenal is evident. As a big man, Bosh has remarkable court vision and a light passing touch. Though he isn't known for putting up huge numbers in assists, when he does find the open man, good things happen Just ask Ray Allen.
Additionally, while Bosh's long range shooting is often commended, he is phenomenal while shooting in the mid range and his pick and pop play has improved steadily over the season (most likely a consequence of adapting to Goran Dragic's presence). Bosh is also a monster in the post, and while sometimes it appears as if he's left that physical style of play behind him, when he gets in the paint he delivers. Also, it almost seems like players often forget that they're covering him, allowing him to find open jumpers constantly which I feel is a testament to his court spacing and basketball IQ.
What I find the most interesting about Bosh's game, is that his play doesn't decline based on lineup changes. He's the type of player that can find chemistry with anybody, and I feel like that has been a saving grace for Miami post LeBron. Bosh is in his physical prime, and along the way has refined his game into something beautiful.
Although Bosh may not get the attention of those who are considered to be the NBA's elite, there's no question that he belongs in the conversation.