NBA reporter makes case for Chris Bosh as a Hall of Famer
Chris Bosh might not ever play an NBA game again. And if that happens, then another NBA career would officially be cut short because of sudden medical issues.
Alex Kennedy of HoopsHype, though, believes even if Bosh doesn’t play another game in this league, he should still be a lock to make the Hall of Fame. Below is an excerpt on why he believes that is the case:
Over the course of his 13 years in the league, Bosh averaged 19.2 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block and .8 steals while shooting 49.4 percent from the field, 33.5 percent from three-point range and 79.9 percent from the free-throw line. Counting the regular season and playoffs, Bosh totaled 18,577 points, 8,247 rebounds, 1,034 blocks and 803 steals in his career.
He ranks in the top 100 in NBA history in total points (89th), total rebounds (78th) and total blocks (100th), which is a testament to his excellent production when he was healthy. Advanced analytics also paint Bosh in an excellent light, as his career 20.6 PER (58th-best all-time), 106 win shares (67th-best all-time) and .571 true shooting percentage (80th-best all-time) are very impressive.
Basketball Reference has a Hall of Fame Probability Score that takes into account a player’s production, individual accolades and their teams’ success. Bosh’s score gives him a 99.5 percent chance of being inducted to the Hall – the sixth-highest percentage among recently active players. Only James, Wade, Dirk Nowitzki, Chris Paul and Kevin Durant have a higher Hall of Fame Probability Score.
Chris Bosh might have gotten buried a bit after he went to the Miami Heat from the Toronto Raptors. because Dwayne Wade and LeBron James were bigger names. But he did win two championships with the Heat and was part of that vaunted Big Three.
A lot of people also forget how good of a player he was with the Toronto Raptors. Even with just a few years, though, Bosh is already one of the best players in franchise history.
Most 40-Point Games in #Raptors History:
Vince Carter – 14
DeMar DeRozan – 13
Chris Bosh – 9
Kyle Lowry – 4
— Sportsnet Stats (@SNstats) March 8, 2018
Bosh would like to make a comeback, and he still feels that he can play in the NBA. But if he doesn’t, he should be a lock to enter the Hall of Fame someday.