Bosh-Wade a good match in Miami, but Heat still have holes to fill
In the end, Dwyane Wade got his wish. As SI.com's
While there has been some skepticism among NBA scouts as to whether a Wade-
Bosh instantly solves that problem. One of the NBA's most prolific interior players, Bosh, 26, has developed a diverse offensive repertoire. According to 82games.com, 54 percent of Bosh's attempts last season were jump shots, of which he converted 44.1 percent. The remaining 46 percent of Bosh's shots came on the inside, where he connected on 61.2 percent, numbers vastly superior to O'Neal's (33 percent on inside, 59.8 percent) and Beasley's (30 percent, 55.6 percent).
With defenses having to devote extra attention to Bosh, the driving lanes that were clogged with bodies in front of Wade suddenly open up. The jump shots will still be there -- 66 percent of Wade's attempts last season were from the perimeter -- but with Bosh on board, Wade will have more opportunities to get the ball to the rim, where he is one of the best finishers in the game.
"It's a very good match," an Eastern Conference scout said. "Wade likes to attack the rim and Bosh can hit the mid-range shot and space it out. And they both run the floor well."
The personalities match, too. James and Wade are both alpha males and there is some concern that if the two teamed up neither player would be happy to defer in the fourth quarter. Not so with Bosh, whom many believe would happily defer to Wade in late game situations.
"He just wants to be an All-Star," said the GM of a team that was in the hunt for Bosh. "He wants to score, rebound and win games. He will have no problem letting someone else be the hero."
Of course, there are no guarantees that a Bosh-Wade pairing will even be the best team in the conference, much less the league. When Boston assembled its Big Three in 2007, they had
"It will be interesting to see who they fill in around them," the scout said. "They have some work to do. Bosh and Wade aren't better than
Finding a center will be a top priority. Sources say Bosh has no desire to play center and subject his wiry frame and balky right knee to the wear and tear that comes with playing the position. To that end, Heat president
"They need a center," the scout said. "No doubt about that."
Miami has met Wade's demand and lured a top free agent to South Beach. But in order to meet the championship expectations that come with it, there is still much work left to do.