Is Chris Bosh TeamUSA's best defensive big man?

Is Chris Bosh TeamUSA's best defensive big man?

Postby revgen on Tue Aug 12, 2008 11:07 pm

Before you laugh and call me names, it was Doug Collins who said he believed that Bosh was TeamUSA's best defensive big man at around the 8:30 mark in the 4th quarter of the Angola game.

Although I believe Bosh to be a better offensive player than Howard, the idea of him being better defensively isn't something that I can see.

Does anybody here support Collins' opinion?
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Postby Vigen on Tue Aug 12, 2008 11:29 pm

Yea
Man, the only big men USA has are Boozer, Dwight and Bosh.
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Postby jedi master on Wed Aug 13, 2008 12:31 am

He moves very well for a guy his size.
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Postby LDR on Wed Aug 13, 2008 12:34 am

No. Dwight Howard brings superior shot blocking ability, better rebounding, and better post defense. The only thing Bosh brings that Howard doesn't is mobility on PnR.
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Postby Ras Algethi on Wed Aug 13, 2008 12:41 am

Tough to say, they bring different aspects as far defense goes. Bosh is more mobile so you could say he's a better defender in the international game against the quicker centers.
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Postby KB24 on Wed Aug 13, 2008 12:59 am

This team USA doesn't have a great bigman defender. Howard is not a great defender at all but he has the athleticism and shot blocking ability to protect the rim from a layup drill...

Bosh? Boozer? :man10: :man10: :man10: Bosh can't defend his own shadow in the post and Boozer has yet to find out whether he can play defense because he has not decided to give it a try so far in his career.
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Postby grego on Wed Aug 13, 2008 1:43 am

Dwight is an okay defender. He has the athleticism which makes him seem like a better defense. His rebounding and shot blocking is good, but he definitely needs work in his help D and individual defense, especially against post players.

Collins is digging. None of those big men are that good. So its pretty much picking the best student from a group of C students so to speak.
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Postby Coville on Wed Aug 13, 2008 1:48 am

Bosh is the ideal international 'big'.

He is a perimeter oriented 4. Because of the short 3 point line and trapezoid lane, it really makes for a smaller game.

It's usually why international bigs are more perimeter oriented, or at the very least have a good midrange, just no need to develop low post moves in the international game considering the 'low post' is 10 feet from the rim, not exactly the same thing.

With that said - because Bosh runs the floor well, can shoot, and play outside the lane it makes him the perfect guy for the int'l game.

Bosh isn't a great defensive player, Dwight is better based on blocks and reboudning, Bosh just looks better because of the style of play.
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Postby revgen on Wed Aug 13, 2008 12:17 pm

Frankly, I wish we had Elton Brand instead of Bosh.

Brand played the last few games of the regular season so it wasn't like he was still injured.
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Postby KB24 on Wed Aug 13, 2008 12:45 pm

revgen wrote:Frankly, I wish we had Elton Brand instead of Bosh.

Brand played the last few games of the regular season so it wasn't like he was still injured.


well before Bosh I would have wanted someone else for Loozer...Tyson Chandler and Amare would have done the trick.
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Postby revgen on Wed Aug 13, 2008 1:43 pm

^ Agreed.
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Postby LDR on Wed Aug 13, 2008 3:43 pm

Amare said he didn't want to play because he wanted to rest his knees, since he'd had surgery on the them the previous offseasons.
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Postby revgen on Thu Aug 14, 2008 5:50 am

DAMN! :man4:

Looks like CB4 read this thread. :mhihi:

So far in the first half against Greece, he's looked great on both ends of the floor.
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Postby c.Lin on Thu Aug 14, 2008 8:56 am

Bosh had a great game against Greece. He was tough on both sides of the court. I was especially impressed with his defense when he got switched out on the pick and roll. You can tell that his quickness and length causes problems out there. I liked that he was boxing out and grabbing boards and running out on the break. He was able to finish a couple and-1's and really impose himself on the other team.

It was good to see, because we need a guy like him to play well in the international style of play.
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