Former Georgia Tech star center Chris Bosh is one step closer to obtaining basketball immortality. The Dallas, Texas native was named as a Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame finalist on Tuesday.
Bosh spent one season on The Flats, the 2002-03 season where he played in 31 games, averaging 15.6 points, 9.0 rebounds, 1.0 steals, and 2.2 blocks per game. His fantastic play as a freshman earned him All-ACC First Team honors as well as being the ACC Rookie of the Year for the 2002-2003 season.
After spending his one season with the Yellow Jackets, Bosh entered the 2003 NBA Draft, where he would go onto be part of one of the greatest NBA Draft classes of all time. He would be selected fourth overall by the Toronto Raptors where he spent the first seven years of his career. He would later than of course go on to join the Miami Heat starting in 2010 joining forces and creating a “super team” with LeBron James and Dwayne Wade. Unfortunately, Bosh’s career was cut a few years short due to blood clots last appearing in a game during the 2015-16 season. After trying to comeback over the 2016-17 season, it would ultimately be unsuccessful.
His career accomplishments include being an 11-time All-Star, a two-time NBA champion, a one-time All-NBA selection (2006-07) as well as a member of the 2003-2004 All-Rookie team. Not to mention that he also won an Olympic gold medal as part of the 2008 United States Olympic Men’s Basketball team that brought home gold.
Over his 13-year career, Bosh played in 893 carer games, he averaged 19.2 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. The Miami Heat went on to retire Bosh’s No.1 jersey in March of 2019. It’s also worth noting that in 2018, Bosh was inducted into Georgia Tech’s Athletics Hall of Fame.
Overall, during his 13-year career, Bosh was not just consistently one of the best big men in the NBA but was consistently one of the best players regardless of position. Now, it’s waiting time, Bosh will end up in the Hall of Fame eventually but will it be as part of this next class? We’ll have to wait and see.