How will Chris Bosh be remembered?

Jan 8, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Miami Heat center Chris Bosh (1) against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena. The Heat defeated the Suns 103-95. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 8, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Miami Heat center Chris Bosh (1) against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena. The Heat defeated the Suns 103-95. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jan 8, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Miami Heat center Chris Bosh (1) reacts against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena. The Heat defeated the Suns 103-95. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 8, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Miami Heat center Chris Bosh (1) reacts against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena. The Heat defeated the Suns 103-95. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /

The Verdict

These numbers don’t tell half the story of Chris Bosh’s effectiveness on the court, but they matter to casual fans. Even when memories of his play start to fade, stats live on.

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But so do rings. If one thing was made clear over his last three seasons in Toronto, it was that he wasn’t the level of star that could elevate a subpar supporting cast by himself.

In fairness, those were some horrendous teams. Bosh’s supporting casts included the likes of post-prime Jermaine O’Neal, Andrea Bargnani, and the immortal Anthony Parker. And those were the good players.

Could he have hit a sweet spot by signing with a decent team, keeping up his stats, and experiencing some modicum of playoff success? Perhaps. What we’ll never know is whether Bosh craved such an opportunity. The evidence would seem to indicate not.

As a result, Chris Bosh will forever occupy an uncertain place in the annals of NBA lore. He is a level below the likes of Kevin Garnett, the player he was most often compared with coming out of college. Yet, if put side by side with his contemporaries – Blake, Carmelo, Aldridge, and Love, to name a few – it’s fair to argue that Bosh outdid them all, despite the lack of attention he received in comparison.

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There’s no way to know for sure, but here’s betting he’ll live with that.