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Chris Bosh wants to average 10 rebounds per game

Posted on: December 29, 2010 3:14 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:53 pm
Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh wants to average 10 rebounds per game. Can he do it? Posted by Ben Golliverchris-bosh-face Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh has stopped falling completely short of expectations, and he hasn't wasted any time in responding to his many critics. The Miami Herald quotes Bosh as saying that he is feeling extra motivated to "shut up" his detractors.
"For some reason, people think I can't play basketball. I'm a very good basketball player. I can perform when it's time. For some reason, coming into this situation, people were just nitpicking. It gives me an added sense of motivation to do well because I know more people are watching, and just to shut them up. To be frank."
Part of his plan, the paper reports, is to silence critics is to up his rebounding numbers significantly. 
Bosh, averaging 8.2 rebounds, said, "Ten is my number. I'm going to get there. It's going to be a little tougher than it would if I would have gotten off to a better start. Once I get to 10, I'll be happy.'' He averaged a career-high 10.8 last year.
That's a noble and intelligent goal for Bosh, and it's worth a bit of exploring.  But can he do it? Currently, only 10 players in the NBA average 10 or more rebounds per game. Those players: Timberwolves forward Kevin Love, Magic center Dwight Howard, Clippers forward Blake Griffin, Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph, Raptors forward Reggie Evans, Bulls center Joakim Noah, Bucks center Andrew Bogut, Lakers forward Pau Gasol, Blazers center Marcus Camby and Warriors center David Lee. In other words, Bosh is setting his sights pretty high. Through 33 games so far this season, Bosh has collected 271 rebounds. Bosh hasn't yet missed a game due to injury or suspension, so he's on track to play all 82 games. If he were to play the entire season without injury, Bosh would need to secure another 549 rebounds to achieve his goal. That averages out to 11.2 rebounds per game, or roughly a 37% increase over his current rate. In other words, he's dug himself a pretty big hole. While Bosh's current rate of 8.2 rebounds per game is good for 29th in the league, the necessary 11.2 rebounds per game is more than all but seven players in the NBA have managed so far this season. In other words, he's asking himself to make the jump from "best rebounder on a team" to "super elite rebounder." Bosh has also only grabbed 11 or more rebounds seven times in Miami's 33 games and has only grabbed more than 11 rebounds four times this season.  That 11.2 rebounds per game number is also above any of Bosh's individual season averages. Bosh has averaged over 10 rebounds per game on three occasions: 10.7 in 2006-2007, 10.0 in 2008-2009 and 10.8 in 2009-2010. However, he is playing fewer minutes (35.2) so far this season than he played in any of those seasons. In other words, he's asking more of himself during the balance of this season than he was every able to produce, including during his contract season last year. And he's asking himself to do it in fewer minutes. Will Bosh be able to reach his goal? A cursory examination reveals that it's not impossible, but it will be quite difficult and it will require Bosh to significantly up his output and maintain that increased production consistently. Should Heat coach Erik Spoelstra play Bosh heavier minutes down the stretch of the season, that would be a big help. Also, Bosh's health is a major factor. Every game that he misses ups the number of rebounds he must grab in the games he does play until he compensates for his slow start.

Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: January 1, 2011 7:52 pm

Chris Bosh wants to average 10 rebounds per game

Simply put Chris Bosh is like ice cream on a summer day='SOFT"!  This should've been a goal of his when he entered the NBA, I understand that he has a jump shot so what, why can't a guy who's 6"11 average a mere 10 rebounds per game?  Meanwhile Kevin Love is acting like the reincarnation of Moses Malone leading the league in rebounding without the talent or ability of such higher profile PF like Bosh and Dirk Nowitzki.  Sounds like Bosh needs to take a trip to see the Wizard of Oz but I'm not sure what he'll ask for 'Heart' or 'Courage' because he needs both.

Since: Dec 27, 2010
Posted on: January 1, 2011 6:08 pm

Chris Bosh wants to average 10 rebounds per game

Being a perimeter means a player usually prefers not to bang and get real physical down low. If that was not the case we would not even be discussing why Bosh is only averaging eight rebounds a game. Also, Stoudemire has been criticized for years' for his mediocre rebound numbers as well so you really can't cite him in this argument. Bottom line, Bosh needs to get way more physical and everyone knows it.

Since: Jun 14, 2009
Posted on: January 1, 2011 5:31 pm

Chris Bosh wants to average 10 rebounds per game

Uncle Fun , so because he shoots jumpers he can't be in position to rebound on the defensive end? You know it is possible to be a perimeter guy and shoot jumpers "all the time" and play inside on defense to be able to get the rebound there.

Also, it's hilarious how people still criticize Chris Bosh for having a jump shot in his game and using it, even though he actually takes less jump shots then Kevin Garnett and Amare Stoudemire, and gets to the free throw line a lot more than those guys (even when he was playing with the Raptors).

Since: Dec 27, 2010
Posted on: January 1, 2011 3:09 pm

Chris Bosh wants to average 10 rebounds per game

As Dennis Rodman used to say...rebounding is all about effort and wanting the ball more than anyone else. Bosh does seem like he prefers the perimeter and frankly, I do question if he is tough enough to be one of the elite rebounders in the league.

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: January 1, 2011 12:12 pm

Chris Bosh wants to average 10 rebounds per game

So Chris Bosh, who plays with a mouth guard in his mouth, decided to take his mouth guard out for this picture and expose some mysterious black glob in his mouth?





50ea5148_large.jpg It's obviously a mouth guard. Chris Bosh loves to yell and scream like he has accomplished something, when he hasn't done jack squat, all the time. This one just happened to be at a hilarious angle.

Since: Nov 29, 2008
Posted on: January 1, 2011 11:58 am

Chris Bosh wants to average 10 rebounds per game

Lofty goal, but it's good to hear him wanting to push himself, even though individual stats don't matter. It's a nice statement to make... I think more so it's an emphasis that the team needs to focus on rebounding and he wants to set a great example.
Also, what the heck is that thing in his mouth in the pic? It sure isn't a mouth guard.

Since: Nov 14, 2009
Posted on: December 31, 2010 7:44 pm

Chris Bosh wants to average 10 rebounds per game

he should be averaging more than that with their current roster...still say he should've stayed with the Raptors, he looks too much like one not to be there

Since: Nov 11, 2006
Posted on: December 31, 2010 3:35 pm

Chris Bosh wants to average 10 rebounds per games

HA HA HA!!!  I am a Toronto resident....meaning I live in Toronto....but not a fan of any of the suck-ass teams that play here (especially the Leafs).  Bosh is actually softer than Vince Carter.  Vince is smaller, so shouldnt be expected to play as physical, but Bosh is taking constant 16-foot jump shots.  How the f**k can u average 10 boards a game when u just shoot the short jumper?  At least VC attempted those bricks from downtown. 

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Since: Jan 1, 2009
Posted on: December 31, 2010 3:21 pm
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Posted on: December 31, 2010 3:19 pm
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