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Monday, October 7th, 2013 at 12:00 pm  |  61 responses

Top 50: Chris Bosh, no. 23

The Heat’s big man vows that his best season is yet ahead.

by Ben Taylor / @benitaylor

The big men are back.

Roy Hibbert. Tim Duncan. Brook Lopez. DeMarcus Cousins. Marc Gasol. Al Jefferson. Greg Monroe. Dwight Howard. Big dudes, making an impact at a position that was supposedly undermanned in the NBA.

And then there’s Chris Bosh.

A guy who, based on last season’s evidence, just doesn’t fit. Doesn’t fit at his position, and quite possibly doesn’t fit on his team.

This time last year, in Bosh’s 2012 Top 50 profile, I wrote that his switch to center would make him the weapon that the Heat needed in their quest for another title—a different offensive option, another problem for the defense to deal with. Opposing bigs would have to decide whether to guard Bosh’s outside shot, or to fill the lane to cover LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.

Turns out it wasn’t that much of a dilemma.

Nobody could stop James, no matter what they tried, while the League’s improving band of centers had the measure of Bosh’s game—daring him to hurt them outside.

His mid-range game was still effective when he got the looks, but his efficiency in three-point territory let him and his team down. Bosh attempted twice as many three-point shots last season as he did in ‘11-12, but only made 28 percent of them.

His regular-season averages of 16.6 points and 6.8 rebounds were the lowest since his rookie year, but more than the numbers, anyone who watched the Heat could see that he just wasn’t making an impact out there.

It was never clearer than in the Playoffs, where Bosh faced up against both Hibbert and Duncan, and got taken to school, with many calling for an off-season shake-up of the Big Three. It’s easy to forget CB was even on the floor when the Heat took home their second straight Championship, after an epic seven-game series in which he was largely a non-factor, and Duncan rolled back the years.

So where does Bosh go from here? We’ve got him at the 23-spot in this year’s Top 50, which is nothing to be scoffed at, and he’s the proud owner of two rings, so it can’t all be doom and gloom for one of the most entertaining personalities in the League.

The man himself has said that his goal for this season, in which anything other than a third consecutive title will be considered a failure for Miami, is to be more aggressive—to take more opportunities to attack and impose his game on the opposing team.

To do that, he’s going to have to take smarter shots, particularly in three-point territory, where he will continue to get good looks, and force the other team’s bigs to adjust to him, rather than the other way around. He has to find a way to open things up for James and Wade, and he’s also going to have to be true to his word and get aggressive—it might not be his natural game, but unless Miami pulls off a miracle and manages to get Greg Oden fit and contributing, the Heat need Bosh to make an impact in the paint against the likes of Hibbert and Duncan.

This time next year, we could be looking at a guy who regained his spot in the top 20 on this list after averaging 20 and 10, making another All-Star team, and helping the Heat win a third consecutive NBA title. If not, there’s every chance the guy who didn’t fit won’t have to worry about being Miami’s third wheel—he’ll be moved on to make room for LeBron’s next Big Three. As a Chris Bosh fan, I hope that isn’t the case.

Where should Chris Bosh rank in the SLAM Top 50?

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SLAMonline Top 50 Players 2013
Rank Player Team Position Pos. Rank
50 Monta Ellis Mavs SG 5
49 Luol Deng Bulls SF 10
48 Ricky Rubio TWolves PG 14
47 Greg Monroe Pistons PF 12
46 Kawhi Leonard Spurs SF 9
45 Mike Conley Grizzlies PG 13
44 Al Jefferson Bobcats C 9
43 David Lee Warriors PF 11
42 Jrue Holiday Pelicans PG 12
41 Anthony Davis Pelicans PF 10
40 Joe Johnson Nets SG 4
39 Serge Ibaka Thunder PF 9
38 Kevin Garnett Nets PF 8
37 Rudy Gay Raptors SF 8
36 Paul Pierce Nets SF 7
35 Ty Lawson Nuggets PG 11
34 Pau Gasol Lakers PF 7
33 Al Horford Hawks C 8
32 Andre Iguodala Warriors SF 6
31 Brook Lopez Nets C 7
30 Zach Randolph Grizzlies PF 6
29 DeMarcus Cousins Kings C 6
28 Damian Lillard Blazers PG 10
27 Josh Smith Hawks SF 5
26 Joakim Noah Bulls C 5
25 Roy Hibbert Pacers C 4
24 John Wall Wizards PG 9
23 Chris Bosh Heat C 3

Rankings are based on expected contribution in ’13-14—to players’ team, the League and the game.

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  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    I don’t know how one can assess Bosh’s game. His stats are down across the board due to his team situation. I mean he is a stretch 4 who has to play center. In terms of center he struggles but if he can return the stretch 4 he’ll succeed. I’d take roy hibbert above bosh to play center same with joakim noah and al jefferson. But the heat situation is different.

  • Saleem Rainman

    This write up hardly justifies his spot…only brings it into question, and rightfully so if you ask me.

  • Hum

    FIRST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Hum

    I’m always first =]

  • Caboose

    For the Fantasy Basketball SLAM League, we expanded the L to the maximum 20 spots. Currently there are 17 confirmed managers with a lot of pending invites. If you asked, I sent you an invite. At this point, it is first come, first serve. I will not be sending any more invites as of now. If, in about 3 days, the L is not filled, I will send out invites again. Thanks for signing up guys!

    And what is with these write ups SLAM? Sh!t, I know a couple commenters who could do a better job…

  • i_ball

    Wade is getting older and I think Bosh’s role will be bigger at least in the regular season. Justified spot lazy write up imo.

  • TR

    This is a good spot for Bosh. I think hes underrated defensively and under used on offense.

  • 3Chainz

    GUARANTEE NBK posts something!! That dudes posts on every slam blog. He has no life and gets no a$$!

  • 3Chainz

    Wow either Howard, Duncan or Gasol is off the list…. my guess is Gasol….

  • Caboose

    You know he’s got a kid right?

  • Caboose

    …So Bosh is a Center but Duncan is a PF?

  • 3Chainz

    Ummm okay………. Why do you know? Why do i care? All dude does is wait for me to post then tries to make a argument. I gave him a new post and you are here to represent him? Attorney caboose

  • Caboose

    Those are some serious delusions of grandeur if you think nbk waits JUST FOR YOU to post. Nobody gives two sh!ts what you say.

  • LakeShow

    Yuck.

  • ChosenOne

    Duncan will be credited as a PF on here. They will all make it.

  • spit hot fiyah

    no major problems with this even thoguh i’m far from a bosh fan. as long as they keep winning it’s hard to argue against his value

    i have feeling that dirk is ending up too high this list.

  • whooo!

    If he didn’t have that rebound in Game 6 (even if the Heat won), I’m pretty sure he would have been traded. If they lost, for sure he’d be gone. He let a guy 10yrs his senior manhandle him in gm 6, and then followed HP with ZERO points in game 7! I doubt Oden holds up this year, which means we should expect the same prodcluction from Bosh — in which case, isn’t this ranking a bit too high?

  • Dundler

    Cosign, I can only think of maybe 3 or 4 that make me actually want to read and justify the spot too

  • Dundler

    Like Velocity says, Bosh is just strange. He’s not as good as everyone thought and compared to his own teammates is simply dwarfed. In the long run of a season he won’t be amazing, just solidly good, but then in the playoffs, where it’s all magnified, you realise he is actually really, really good. And more importantly, valuable.
    He fits on the Heat, is underated in the clutch and is simply weird

  • tee

    Except you who keeps entertaining him.

  • Junior Taylor

    Sorry but I don’t see the justification to put a guy that had a whopping 0pts in Game 7 of the NBA Finals above guys like Horford, Lopez and Hibbert. Also, don’t give me that “his presence on the floor makes MIA better” excuse because MIA doesn’t need 2 game 7s last season to win a championship with Horford or Lopez taking the place of Bosh.

  • Evan Boland

    Agreed, completely.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    20 something thousand comments, and i’ve just been waiting for this guy….

  • Kim Hargreaves

    I agree, dude was huge in both game 6 and 7 of the finals without scoring a point he still made huge plays on defense and the boards that helped secure the championship. He’s in a weird spot where the Heat don’t need him to be a 20/10 guy but his talent level is so high that people feel he should get those numbers by default. Hope he has a good season and the Heat keep this big 3 together.

  • Dundler

    There’s no question that they don’t win the championship without him…he seems to fit where he probably wouldn’t in any other situation. It’s interesting to wonder if he’ll ever leave Miami and we’ll see him as a 1st option again

  • danpowers

    hm… i know that marc gasol is good but this ranking is really strange.i didnt see him as a legit dpoy and i dont think he is better/will have a better output than horford, noah or his older brother.

    regarding bosh: i think he could even rank higher as he is still capable of 20+10 with 50%fg% which puts him into an extremely exclusive circle. but this write up actually convinced me to rank him much lower… which i think should be the opposite a write up is supposed to cause lol

  • Nick Holden

    Isn’t the purpose of these write-ups to convince us that the players are ranked correctly? All this did was to make it sound like he should be way lower

  • TSmoove

    I sent you an e-mail not to long ago. Hope it gets there in time.

  • 3Chainz

    LMAO LOOK AT ALL THESE NBK NUT HUGGERS!!! I guess to be part of the “slamonline” small family, you have to hug nuts.
    How does someone thumb you UP for saying NBK has a kid?? LOL UNless….. You are using mulitiple accounts. NBK, CABOOSE AND CREW ALL THE SAME? Go ahead and respond with another one of your accounts….

  • 3Chainz

    I was thinking the same thing….

  • 3Chainz

    I would agree but DAMMNN u ugly son! Put a shirt on, you’re on a site full of guys lil jr.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    it’s probably because you said, “gets no ass”
    .
    when, having a kid, is the blatant opposite.

  • danpowers

    exactly what i thought. before this write up i had him higher or thought this rank was appropriate. after reading this i wonder how he made the top 50 lol

  • MUBWAR

    loool

  • pickle

    Get a girl for Caboose too so that he can stop cyber slurping you.

  • Busta213

    It does look that way, but I think he was trying to explain the lower position than last year

  • Busta213

    Lopez and Hibbert in particular would totally change the Heats style of play as neither are as mobile as Bosh. Horford would be great for them on the boards, but what about on the days when they really need to stretch the floor?
    Bosh didnt have a great overall post season this year, in previous outings he has shown himself to grow in crunch time and made some key shots. I dont remember Lopez “growing” in the close out game vs. the Bulls.

  • 3Chainz

    LMAO!!

  • Nick Holden

    Yeah the write-up was just killing him. I do think this spot is fairly appropriate though. It’s just so hard to figure out where he should be, his numbers are low but we know he is capable of putting up great stats from his days with the Raptors. And since they’ve been winning championships you can’t really say he should be doing more. At the same time, some of his performances as a Heat player have just left you thinking “This guy is a top 20 player? really?”

  • Anthony Darnello Taylor Jr.

    Nobody even cares who he is. Lol he is so stuck on nbk that he came here in anticipation of him acknowledging his petty ass. I bet your heart skips a beat everytime he reponds to you doesnt it.

  • Caboose

    Yup, he’s THAT important.

    For the record, I’ve been dating a girl for 2 years now, gonna propose to her when we graduate college. If anybody actually cares about my social life…

  • cez

    Make sure you don’t leave any sharp objects in the bed when you’re with your girlfriend. Once you puncture and deflate her, you’re gonna have to buy another and blow her up all over again.

  • danpowers

    so true

  • SwagChamp b out here

    Yo, along with nbk, Shockexchange, Junior Taylor actually is a legend on these boards my guy, realtalk. Out of all them, he probably gives the most sensible, articulate, and respectable points. Also, his discourse is respectable. Props, Junior Taylor keep doin’ ya thang boi

  • Karl

    Huge Chris Bosh fan.. upsets me that he now settles for jumpers outside when there isn’t someone in the Heat playing inside besides LeBron. It’s not like anyones clogging the paint anyway.

  • GB

    This is a joke. On any other team, Bosh is a top 10 player. No other pf or center in the nba has a skillset like his. (Griffin-nope, Love-nope, Gasol-nope, Lopez-nope, Hibbert-NOPE!) The only big that I can see being higher than Bosh is Tim Duncan. And he’s the one of the best to ever do it.

  • Evan Boland

    …. Love > Bosh

  • Evan Boland

    Noah > Bosh

  • Interdico Scriptor

    Nooooo. Overrated. Good write-up SLAM. Too high but good write-up

  • russian guy

    Well,maybe if you only look at the offensive side of the floor.But appreciating half basketball players seems to be the way to go in these rankings.

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  • Shved a Tear

    I actuallly think he Heat would be better if they had Pau or Love as opposed to Bosh…

  • MackAtttack

    Chris Bosh should be higher than Dirk!! Coming from a huge Dirk fan

  • MackAtttack

    Chris Bosh should be higher than Dirk!! Coming from a huge Dirk fan

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