The Miami Heat has two players on their team that will definitely be on the Eastern Conference All Star team. The question is will they have a third again? LeBron James will be the leader in votes for the East and maybe in the entire league. Even though Dwyane Wade has sat out many games because of his nagging knee injury, he will be in the starting backcourt for the East. Starting center Chris Bosh is not currently in the top three in the front court voting, but is he deserving of being an All Star?
If Bosh played in the Western Conference, this wouldn’t even be a question. With LaMarcus Aldridge, Kevin Love, Dwight Howard, Anthony Davis, Tim Duncan, Dirk Nowitzki, Nikola Pekovic, Blake Griffin, David Lee and DeMarcus Cousins outplaying him, he wouldn’t stand a chance. Luckily for Bosh, the city of Miami is still on the Eastern side of the United States and they don’t have the talent the west does.
With injuries to Al Horford and Brook Lopez, the power forward and center positions in the East are a mess. Frank Vogel will more than likely be forced to go small ball with a starting lineup of Kyrie Irving, Wade, James, Carmelo Anthony and Paul George. John Wall is the only other probable All Star with Derrick Rose and Rajon Rondo out. That leaves six spots, most of which will have to be filled with bigs. Who is deserving and who will make it are two different questions.
Deserving players are Paul Millsap, Al Jefferson, Arron Afflalo, Evan Turner, DeMar Derozan and Andre Drummond. Most of those guys likely won’t make the team due to their team’s poor record and their lack of star power. Vogel will probably want Roy Hibbert on the team and another center like Joakim Noah. When you go down the list of other players that could possibly make the team like Josh Smith, Nikola Vucevic and Greg Monroe, they might be having a better statistical season than Bosh but they aren’t better players.
Bosh is averaging 15.4 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. He is struggling on the boards due to the fact that he is playing center instead of his natural power forward position and is constantly at a size disadvantage. His 15.4 points are based on the lack of shot attempts he gets. He is averaging only 11.3 shots per game which is the second lowest of his career. So while he may not have the numbers of an All Star, he has the ability to play like one.
Chris Bosh is not having an All Star season based on what he has done in his career, but he should be selected based on what the other choices are. He may end up being the best big man in the East during the game and show that he belongs.