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Is Chris Bosh worth a max contract?

Apr 8, 2010, 6:31 PM EDT

Tom Ziller, writing for FanHouse, thinks that he is:

“So we’re left with this: Bosh is an elite scorer, one of the best of his generation at his position to this point, and Bosh is a really strong rebounder for his position, even compared with the best PFs of the era. He compares favorably to MVPs and first-ballot Hall-of-Famers in these two categories at this point … and these happen to be pretty danged important categories.

While the skeptics cajole about Bosh failing to deserve all the attention sure to be heaped upon him come July 1, know that he is worth the attention, and that assuming he stays on the upward path and isn’t struck down by injury, he’ll be well worth a max contract.”

With a mix of prose and cool scatterplots, Ziller takes a look at Bosh’s scoring and rebounding prowess compared to other elite big men at 25 years old. Bosh is a prodigious scorer and rebounder for his age, and at least one team will recognize that this summer. Bosh hasn’t yet won a playoff series with the Raptors, and likely won’t this season. That doesn’t mean he’s not capable of taking the right team deep into the playoffs in the future. 

  1. john - Apr 8, 2010 at 7:41 PM

    Isn’t the real question whether Bosh is a player you build around or a second tier guy to someone like Lebron or D-Wade?
    Can a team with Bosh win a title? I suppose it’s possible but I’m not sure. He needs better support than Dwight Howard or Lebron need. And perhaps even better support than Durant.

  2. j.d.hastings - Apr 8, 2010 at 7:58 PM

    Pau Gasol hadn’t won a playoff GAME at this point in his career…

  3. john - Apr 8, 2010 at 8:07 PM

    And without Kobe he still might not have. So?
    I don’t think anyone is questioning how good Bosh is. I just don’t know if he’s the guy you build a franchise around.

  4. Daniel - Apr 9, 2010 at 6:18 AM

    Malone, Barkley, Kemp, Nowitzki, Webber, Garnett (Alpha dog pre-Boston version)
    All franchise power forwards, not one could get you a championship with a team built around their talents.
    Duncan, 4 rings. The only franchise PF of the last 30 years to carry his team to a championship with a team built around him. But there are still people who try to tell you he’s not really a PF but a C.
    So if history is something to be learned from, do you really wanna throw a max contract at a 4-man, albeit an extremely young, talented one, when all but one of the best PF’s of 2 generations couldnt get you a ring?
    Bosh is hardly Tim Duncan (Duncan plays defense), so with all this being known, do you offer him a max? I wouldn’t think so if a championship is your ultimate goal.

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