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Old 03-16-2011, 12:22 PM   #8 (permalink)
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this is the article I was referring to - written after Bosh discussed his need to play bigger than he had been -http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoopmiamiheat/post/_/id/5148/does-chris-bosh-have-a-point

Synergy Sports tracks every player’s shots from the floor. For Bosh, we can see how he gets his shots, where he gets his shots and how effective he is when he gets those shots.

In Miami this season, 49.6 percent of Bosh’s shot attempts have been jumpers. In Toronto last season, the jump shot made up of just 30.9 percent of his overall shot repertoire. We rarely see a player’s shot distribution change that dramatically year-to-year, but there’s a reason: his role has dramatically changed from last season.

Bosh was targeted by the Heat to stretch the floor with his inside-out game. As a finesse player with a silky midrange jumper, he can open up the paint and keep the big man guarding him away from the rim. Theoretically, that opens up the lane for explosive attackers like James and Wade to penetrate to the rim.

This is all part of the plan. Erik Spoelstra likes to anchor Bosh on the right elbow so he can facilitate the offense, using handoffs to James and Wade or pick-and-rolls to create mismatches and disruption.

But if you’ve watched Bosh over the past couple of seasons, you’ll notice a huge difference in what Bosh does after setting the pick. Following the screening action on the ball, Bosh typically pivots to the perimeter where he can spot up for the midrange jumper. Yes, the pick-and-pop was a large part of his arsenal last season in Toronto, but Bosh has become almost exclusively a pick-and-pop player in Miami.

Synergy tells us that of Bosh’s 187 plays after the pick-and-roll last season in Toronto, 50 percent of them were pick-and-pops while 46 percent were rolls to the basket. That’s a pretty even split. This season in Miami though? He pick and pops 84 percent of the time after the screen and rolls just 10 percent (the remaining small portion consists of Bosh slipping the pick).
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