Even after Chris Bosh‘s offseason vow to play better, the Miami Heat continue to search for a frontcourt staple. LeBron James has played well, Dwyane Wade has shown signs of his old self and the bench is on fire, but Bosh’s struggle to find his role has carried over from last season.
With the All-Star forward only averaging 14.8 points and 5.6 rebounds per game, the defending champs are left searching for a big man with some consistency and so far the search has been rough.
Udonis Haslem seems to be entering the twilight years of his NBA career as he has contributed little to nothing this season and Chris Andersen really isn’t a post-up and drop-step type player. “Birdman” feeds off off drive-and-dishes. As for Greg Oden‘s status, no one has any idea when he might make his regular season debut.
So, where does that leave the Heat frontcourt?
I think the combination of Rashard Lewis and Bosh could make a solid duo for Miami. Some might say “Lewis is old and washed up,” but bare with me as I explain my logic.
Lewis has struggled with injuries the last couple of seasons, but like Wade, he spent the summer getting his knees and body healthy, leaving him the healthiest he has been in years. The power forward has seen an increase in playing time this season and got the start in the win over the Cleveland Cavilers Wednesday night.
Lewis and Bosh are very similar because they can both post-up as well as shoot from anywhere on the court. Lewis is actually a skilled perimeter shooter for his size.
This pair could be dangerous for Miami and helpful for Bosh. Since Lewis can shoot the three, it will allow Bosh more space in the post and less opportunity for double teams. The same goes for Lewis, who can step inside while Bosh steps to the perimeter.
Both players have long arms and are quite quick for their size. Starting this duo will give many teams big issues because all five players on the court are shooters as well as the speed and agility would be incredible.
It’s just a thought, but Erik Spoelstra should consider trying Lewis and Bosh together more often because Bosh is not producing and the front court is struggling. Sometimes change can be good.