The NBA recently released the candidates for the 2020 Hall of Fame and the list is star-studded. On the list, we have the big-name players in Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, and Kevin Garnett. Looking at other notable names, we have Shawn Marion, Chauncey Billups, Larry Nance, and Elton Brand.
The most talked-about player on this list isn’t one of the shoe-ins or the lesser-known players, it is Chris Bosh. Many people have questioned whether or not Bosh will be a 1st ballot Hall of Famer and after reading this article, you will see why he should be.
Bosh was drafted 4th overall in the illustrious 2003 NBA draft by the Toronto Raptors. On the Raptors, Bosh quickly established himself as one of the best power forwards in the league due to his elite scoring alongside his shooting, rebounding, and defensive abilities. His best season on the Raptors came in the 2009-10 season when he averaged 24 points and 10.8 rebounds on 51.8% from the field and 36.4% from the three-point line.
Bosh made a career-defining decision in the 2010 offseason when he chose to join LeBron James and Dwyane Wade on in Miami. During his time with Miami, Bosh won two championships in 4 years and made multiple all-star teams. Bosh continued to play basketball until the 2015-16 and had his career cut short due to issues with blood clots.
Looking back at his career, Bosh has the accolades and statistics to warrant himself a ballot in the Hall of Fame.
Looking at others that have made the Hall of Fame, it does not take much to make it and there have been a ton of questionable selections for the Hall of Fame by voters. Looking back at his time with the Raptors, Bosh was a star in the league. The biggest gripe with people regarding Bosh’s years with the Raptors was that he didn’t have much playoff success and was not seen as a winner.
When looking back at the Raptor teams, Bosh’s best teammate was Andrea Bargnani and though he has had some good statistical seasons, he dealt with inconsistency issues and injuries. If Bosh never joined the Miami Heat, he would not be in a position to join the Hall of Fame. Despite statistical decreases in Miami, Bosh was a crucial part of the Heat’s success and the argument could be made that without Bosh, the Heat would not have been as dominant as they were.
Just looking at the clutch plays that he has had in the playoffs, you could see why this argument can be made. In the 2013 NBA finals, Bosh secured the rebound and was able to find Ray Allen for the infamous game-tying corner three-point shot in Game 6. He also blocked a potential game-tying shot by Danny Green in the same game.
Other examples of clutch moments were his great overtime game in game 4 of the 2011 NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals when Bosh scored 5 of Miami’s 12 points in the overtime period. In Game 7 of the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals, Bosh would score 19 points on 8/10 shooting en route to the Heat defeating the Celtics. The Heat would go on to win the NBA championship this year and defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder in 5 games.
Chris Bosh’s career was an impressive one and he would have still been playing today if not for life-threatening complications. Bosh made multiple sacrifices in his career to have success and will be remembered forever by Miami Heat fans. Bosh deserves to be a 1st ballot Hall of Famer and I fully expect him to be one.