Will Chris Bosh Ever Return to His Natural Position at Power Forward?
When the Toronto Raptors selected Chris Bosh in 2003, he was drafted as a power forward. During his seven-year tenure with the Raptors, Bosh averaged the highest numbers of his career in both rebounds and points per game. This was all done while playing the forward position. Fast-forward to 2010, and Bosh is suddenly allocated to the center position, all in the name of doing what’s best for the team.
It hasn’t been an easy transition for Bosh. Not only has he had to embrace being the third wheel on a Miami Heat roster stacked with talent, but also has had to embrace a steady decline in his averages due to playing a position he is clearly uncomfortable playing.
Since the Heat’s loss in the 2011 NBA Finals, Bosh made a solemn vow to embrace the center position and give the Heat a solid presence in the paint. Even though the Heat have won two consecutive championships since then, Bosh hasn’t exactly lived up to the “big man” promise. The Heat are still arguably one of the worst rebounding teams in the league, and Bosh’s numbers in that area are still declining, slipping from 8.3 to 6.8 rebounds per game over the course of the last three seasons.
This season, the Heat will again be relying on Bosh to patrol the paint and give them a solid presence around the rim. Even with the signings of Chris Andersen and Greg Oden, Bosh is still the best “center” the Heat have on their roster, both offensively and defensively. What this means for Bosh is that he will most likely never return to playing the power forward position on a permanent basis while wearing a Heat uniform. This could all change next season if Bosh decides to flee Miami for a team where he will be the number option, but with all the rings he is accumulating, he would be wise to accept the role the Heat want him to play, whether he likes it or not.
Jared Doyle is a Miami Heat writer for RantSports.com.
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