How Chris Bosh at Center Allows Miami Heat to Play at Faster Pace

October 9th, 2012 by Josh Martin Leave a reply »
It took nearly two years, but the Miami Heat finally figured out the best way to utilize their Big Three. Let LeBron James orchestrate the offense, move Dwyane Wade off the ball and slide Chris Bosh over to center.

In short, play small and push the pace.

With Erik Spoelstra's tweaks in place, the Heat ran all the way back to the NBA Finals, where they scurried past the speedy Oklahoma City Thunder on the way to hoisting the Larry O'Brien Trophy.

As important as James' ascension to top dog and Wade's reassignment to sidekick were to Miami's success, the team's transformation into a revolutionary (and championship-caliber) outfit wouldn't have been complete without Bosh's move into the middle.

To be sure, center is not Bosh's natural position. He prefers to operate as a face-up forward, doesn't spend much time on the low block, has never been a particularly prolific rebounder and, while an underrated defender, would hardly be considered All-NBA in that regard.

But with the way they play, the Heat don't need a traditional center. If anything, employing a big man whose role consists of defending and rebounding might act ...

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