Miami Heat: The Silver Lining in Chris Bosh's Play This Season

By Shane Phillips
Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Chris Bosh has had a solid start to his redemption season as he attempts to prove he is still an NBA superstar. Through four games, the power forward is averaging 19.8 points and 6.8 rebounds. Those aren’t quite max contract numbers, but the season is young.

However, the one statistic that is encouraging for Bosh and the Miami Heat is free throw attempts.

During Bosh’s best years, he was averaging upwards of six free throw attempts per game. Along with getting to the charity stripe, he averaged around 22 points a game for the Toronto Raptors. It’s obvious that Bosh’s production and aggression is tied to his free throws.

The last two seasons have been the worst of the big man’s career, besides his rookie year. His offensive production struggled as he shied away from the paint and opted for jump shots and three pointers.

Along with averaging lows in points, rebounds and blocks, Bosh also did not get to the line and averaged only four free throw attempts per game. Bosh’s worst seasons are all linked to his ability to draw fouls.

Six free throw attempts or higher seems to be the magic number for Bosh. As long as he is drawing contact and getting to the line, his numbers will see increases.

I would like to have seen some better numbers to start the season, especially after Bosh made a big deal over playing better, but the aggression and effort is there. As long as Bosh continues to get to line and continue to shoot a high percentage from the stripe, he will have a successful season.

The numbers never lie and Bosh’s number show promise. Now he just needs to get the rebounding numbers higher.

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