Even when he decided to flee from the Great White North to sunny South Beach, Bosh continued the play that made him such a dominant power forward in the Eastern Conference. Bosh has a gift few in his position have: an inside game that can punish smaller defenders and an outside game that bewilders taller defenders.
But this past offseason, something strange happened to Bosh’s game. Instead of relying on the inside/outside game that made him feared around the league, Bosh became more of an outside offensive player. This negated an already small Miami Heat frontline and made them even more vulnerable in the paint. This was one of the reasons the San Antonio Spurs had such an easy time in the paint against Miami — Bosh was no longer the feared inside player he once was.
Bosh’s game no longer fits what the Heat are trying to re-build. He can opt out of his contract this offseason and go to a team that will be a perfect fit for Bosh’s new outside exclusive offensive game. There is only one team that will fit him perfectly: the Houston Rockets.
Houston already has a player who controls the paint in Dwight Howard, and James Harden can do it all offensively. The Rockets are missing a power forward who not only can dominate the inside, but has a deadly touch from the outside. Bosh fits both of those needs very well and can make Houston a very dangerous team in the West next season. The Rockets have the cap room to add another star to complete their own “big 3,” and the Rockets’ front office should be wining and dining the big man to convince him to ditch South Beach and come to Houston.
Rumors out of Miami suggest that the Heat are trying to persuade Bosh to opt out of his contract and sign elsewhere. If the rumors are true, he should make a beeline to Texas and make the Rockets a force to be reckoned with in the West.