When Chris Bosh decided to sign a five-year, $118 million max contract with the Miami Heat this summer and stay with the franchise that helped deliver him two championships, he agreed (in lieu of LeBron James’ departure) to become the franchise’s new star player. Even with the signing of several key veterans such as Luol Deng, Josh McRoberts and Danny Granger, the absence of LeBron’s typically statistical output will be hard to replicate on a nightly basis. This is why Bosh has to return to his CB4 form.
During the 2009-10 season, his last year with the Toronto Raptors, Bosh averaged career-high numbers of 24 points, 10.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists. And ironically enough, he also boasted a career-high three point shooting percentage of 36 percent. Bosh was THE offensive fulcrum for the Raptors in his seven-year stint with the franchise, which is what helped him generate these types of stellar numbers on a nightly basis. More so, Bosh played with an “alpha-dog” mentality, a state-of-mind that he will have to re-embrace with the Heat this season in order for the franchise to be successful in the upcoming postseason.
In a still shaky Eastern Conference, a starting lineup of Mario Chalmers, Dwyane Wade, Deng, McRoberts and Bosh can still be extremely successful — maybe even enough to grab a top-three seed. Much of this success will depend on how Bosh can adjust to an offense geared specifically around him, but his numbers from playing in Toronto suggest he can fit this role very well.