Chris Bosh is not your typical power forward in the NBA. His 6-foot-11, 236-pound frame doesn’t allow him to be aggressive down low like many front court players are. As the starting center for the Miami Heat, Bosh only averages 5.8 rebounds per game which is a major reason why the Heat are the worst rebounding team in the league. A typical center should attain higher rebounding averages, but with Bosh’s limited frame this area of his game has become a partial weakness.
Where Bosh thrives the most is outside of the paint. The lanky power forward has one of the better mid range shots in the league and is currently averaging 53 percent from the field — which is higher than his career average. The ability to draw out opposing forwards and centers from the paint is what helps the Heat offense flow so well. Creating space is vital, and Bosh’s shot does just that.
This season, Bosh has decided to take his floor spacing abilities to the next level and drastically improve his three-point shooting percentage. Last season, Bosh averaged just a mere 29 percent from beyond the three-point line. In comparison to most forwards in the league that isn’t half bad, but playing on a team with multiple shooters that offensive weapon from Bosh hasn’t been needed. The three-three pointers Bosh nailed on Sunday to push the Heat past the Charlotte Bobcats are a prime example of how useful that shot can be. The Bobcats were up by 14 before Bosh decided to score the Heat’s next 13 unanswered points, nine of those being from three-point land. During a game when LeBron James was playing injured and Dwyane Wade was having an off night, these types of performances from Bosh couldn’t have come at a better time.
The real question now is should Bosh continue shooting this frequently from beyond the arc? The answer is a resounding yes. Bosh is shooting a career-high 47 percent from beyond the arc. That is absurd for a power forward, especially on a team with so many lethal three-point shooters. What’s more ridiculous is that his percentage is the third highest on the team, topping Ray Allen, Mario Chalmers, and Norris Cole. The ability to shoot three pointers this accurately allows Bosh to space the floor to an even greater extent and gives the Heat so many more options in terms of offensive play calls. As long as Bosh can continue the hot three point shooting streak, why not ride it out?
Jared Doyle is a Miami Heat writer for RantSports.com.
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