Ever since LeBron James left south beach, the Miami Heat have been under the microscope, especially as the season drew ever closer. Now four games into the new season the Heat have hit the ground running, with their record currently at 3-1, the team looks as if there back to its winning ways, despite losing a superstar in a hectic off-season.
Who is helping replace LeBron’s production on the court?
At first it is extremely difficult to think of any player that could replace a player like LeBron James, but Miami seems to have found a balance early in the year that is certainly helping the team work well together. With Chris Bosh taking on more of a scoring role within the team he will be key to the Heat’s success. Dwyane Wade will obviously play a role, but with all of the injuries Wade has suffered in recent years, Bosh will need to be the key man on the offense. Bosh seemed to be stiffled in the offense when Lebron was on the team, and while we can’t really blame coach Erik Spoelstra for that, he is being given that bigger role in the Heat’s offence now.
Over the first four games, Bosh has averaged 23.8 points and 9.6 rebounds per game. He has impressed scoring 77 points for Miami so far. These are good early signs for both Bosh and the team, as he is showing signs of being the go-to player he was for the Toronto Raptors earlier in his career. In fact, he is even better today.
Can Chris Bosh run the Heat offense with Dwyane Wade?
Yes is the simple answer. Chris Bosh is an excellent offensive big man and we all know that if Wade can stay healthy for a large chunk of the season the Heat can only benefit. This is all good and well, but the big two in Miami will need support from the other players on the roster, for example forwards Danny Granger and Luol Deng who were both brought into the team during the off season. They will both need to step up in the small and power forward roles in the team, Granger is a good shooter and Deng also a good shooter of the basketball, but primarily help this Heat team on the defensive side of the ball. Rookie Shabazz Napier will give the team good minutes of the bench, as will big man Chris Anderson AKA “bird man” as he is known by team mates and the media.
Is Chris Bosh a legit MVP candidate?
This is most likely a long shot, as there are just so many great players who would be expected to make a run for MVP this year. I do have faith in Chris Bosh and his ability to be MVP this season as he has the offensive ability; he may have to put extra emphasis into his defense though if he is to reach such a goal. Chris Bosh is a great player and an All-Star. He should be in the conversation for the MVP of the league even at such an early stage in the season. He is certainly a dark horse, and a player not to be forgotten in the MVP race as the season goes forward, though he would require some help such as Kevin Durant’s injury problems, and the Cavaliers’ struggles to continue in order to take home the award.
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