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5 Ways Chris Bosh Can Step Up During The 2014-15 Season

5 Ways Chris Bosh Can Step Up His Game In 2014-15

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Chris Bosh was the forgotten member of the Miami Heat's "Big Three" over the last few years, but the departure of LeBron James and the decline of Dwyane Wade has opened the door for him to take on a bigger role going forward.

Here are five ways Bosh can step up his game during the 2014-2015 season.

5. Become More Assertive Offensively

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5. Become More Assertive Offensively

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Bosh has become primarily a jump shooter in recent years, as he struggled to find a way to fit in around James and Wade. He can now display the all-around skill set that helped him average at least 22 points per game in five straight seasons with the Toronto Raptors (2005-2006 through 2009-2010).

4. Rebound Better

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4. Rebound Better

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Bosh's rebounding average has steadily declined during his time in Miami, culminating in a career-low 6.6 rebounds per game last season. He averaged 9.4 rebounds per game over seven seasons with Raptors, and he needs to re-establish that part of his game.

3. Become A Better Defensive Presence

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3. Become A Better Defensive Presence

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Bosh's defensive averages (1.1 blocks and 0.8 steals per game) have not been notable during his career, and he is unlikely to become a defensive stalwart at this point. That said, the offseason additions of Luol Deng and Josh McRoberts to Miami's front court should set Bosh up to succeed on the defensive end this year.

2. Become A Team Leader

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2. Become A Team Leader

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Bosh may not have the personality to be a vocal leader on and off the court, but he needs to do so with a lucrative five-year deal ($118 million) setting him up to take on that role.

1. Shoot The Ball More

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1. Shoot The Ball More

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Bosh fell into a complementary, and inconsistent, offensive role over the last few seasons. With James gone, there will be more opportunities available and I expect to see Bosh shoot the ball much more than he did last season (12.1 times per game).