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Dr. J. Naismith 08-25-2008 10:11 AM

Bosh: Third Most Valuable Player on Team USA
 
Not an actual vote from the USA Olympic brass, but more just an opinion from a writer at the Bleacher Report. Nevertheless, great to see and hear of the acknowledgments Chris is getting now. :)

Quote:

Originally Posted by The Bleacher Report
5. LeBron James

The best athlete on the floor at all times, and arguably the best basketball player in the world. However, James is only the fifth-most valuable player on this team.

Why, you ask? Well, it's no fault of James', but often he found himself on the bench in foul trouble. But during James' time on the floor, his athleticism proved to be leaps and bounds ahead of his opponents.

The team's offense often ran through James, as the ball would get dumped down to LeBron at the free-throw line. He would, in turn, make a decision to dish it to the corner for a three, dump it inside to Chris Bosh or Dwight Howard, or take it himself.

He didn't often make the wrong decision. But the fact that he was one of the primary ballhandlers for the team is evident in the stats. He led the team in turnovers with 17, but was also second on the team in assists and points per game, and third in rebounds.

4. Dwyane Wade

Team USA's leading scorer often took over games like it was the '06 NBA Finals. When the team was in trouble and their lead was in jeopardy, the ball was almost always in Wade's hands, as he slashed to the hole for either a nifty layup or drawing contact to get to the free-throw line.

Wade got to the charity stripe more then any other player—however, he hit only 65 percent of his free throws.

But his value could not be overstated, as his propensity to hit big three-pointers—leading the team by shooting 47 percent from three-point range)—was always apparent.

3. Chris Bosh

Perhaps the most surprising player on this list, Bosh's value is monumental, given that the only two true big-men on the squad were Bosh and Howard. Howard often struggled to get going and fell into foul trouble, leading to more playing time for Bosh—who took advantage, leading the team in rebounding.

Additionally, when the team had their shooting struggles, Bosh proved to be even more valuable, scoring a huge percentage of his points on alley oops, tip-ins, and putbacks. This, in turn, led to a high shooting percentage, as he led the team by shooting 77 percent for the tournament.

He also got to the free throw line more often then anyone on the team except for Wade, and connected on 86 percent of his free throws.

2. Kobe Bryant

It was a tough decision to put Bryant at number two instead of number one, given how instrumental he was in putting the Spaniards away late in Sunday morning's game. Bryant took over the offense at times, hitting key shot after key shot. Each time Spain made a run to cut the lead to two or three, Bryant would come down and knock down a key three-pointer or draw a foul to keep the USA in front.

The only thing that keeps Kobe out of the top spot was his inconsistent shooting throughout the tournament. He shot only 46 percent for the tournament, and32 percent from three-point range. Couple that with an assist-turnover ratio of 17:15, and it just wasn't quite enough for Bryant to garner the number-one spot, clutch as he may be.

1. Chris Paul

Just like in the NBA season, Paul led his team without putting up the ridiculous offensive stats of the likes of Bryant, James, or Wade. But Paul was the leader of the offense, always making the right decision at the right time.

Paul's assist-turnover ratio was a ridiculous 33:9, and although he averaged only eight points per game, he still shot 50 percent from the floor.

Paul was also second to James on the team with 18 steals for the tournament. But again, his value cannot be understated, as he would do things to help the team that often don't show up on a stats sheet.

He would make a pass to set up an assist, and his defense against guards such as Jose Calderon, Carlos Delfino, C.J. Bruton, and Spanouli Valleious was key in keeping teams at bay.

So while it's tough to pick a Most Valuable Player in a team so loaded with stars, Paul stood out among the rest. It may not have been in the stats and he may not have been as flashy as the rest—but without Paul, this team may not have been as successful as they were.

Source - Click here

jeffb 08-25-2008 10:20 AM

I think this really motivates him going into training camp/Season.And in my opinion, if he stays healthy he will have his best season to date,especially with JO down low with him taking some of the pressure off.

LX 08-25-2008 10:37 AM

The big three from the class of '03 - Bron, Melo, Wade? Bosh is no longer on the outside looking in, not that all that kind of hype meant anything to me or him.

I also agree with Paul at number one. This team was what it was designed to be when Paul and Bosh were on the floor.

Gurk 08-25-2008 12:25 PM

I can't wait for the next season, all the hype of Bosh is making me anxious

moremilk 08-25-2008 01:17 PM

I'm not sure if it will have any relevance in the NBA (since he played a different role in a different game style). But it will definitely contribute to raising his status to a new level, both in the media and US public. Which can only be good for us - if only for those extra calls now and then ...

MikeToronto 08-25-2008 01:50 PM

I'd say that Kobe was the MVP precisely because of his role in the only close game they've played in this tournament, followed by Wade and Bosh.

Apollo 08-25-2008 08:03 PM

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Originally Posted by •LX• (Post 52185)
The big three from the class of '03 - Bron, Melo, Wade? Bosh is no longer on the outside looking in, not that all that kind of hype meant anything to me or him.

I also agree with Paul at number one. This team was what it was designed to be when Paul and Bosh were on the floor.

I thought Bosh established himself as a better overall player than Melo a couple seasons back.

LX 08-25-2008 09:57 PM

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Originally Posted by Apollo (Post 52304)
I thought Bosh established himself as a better overall player than Melo a couple seasons back.

Yeah - and I thought he showed he could carry a team pretty much on his own as well if not better than Wade since Shaq went to flab in Miami.

But you still see the same grouping all the same. Or you did. I think that's changed.

Ugo Ferst 08-26-2008 01:27 AM

Honestly altho his numbers didnt leap off the stats page, i was most impressed by LeBron, he was hustling and making defensive plays, was very focal on D and seemed to have the defacto leadership role when he was on the court, impressive for his age, he will be the best ever, book it.

Shifty.py 08-26-2008 02:28 AM

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After watching most of games I was counting that D.Wade will have the highest impact - and he nearly has. Still was a bit surprised with C. Bosh stats.
Below are game-by-game C.Bosh logs. In every game team has played much better on offense with him on the floor and not worse on defensive end.
Source Click here

Numbers can't lie, Bosh and Wade were top 2 both offense and defense

rapsfan087 08-26-2008 07:54 AM

http://slamonline.com/online/wp-cont...hris_bosh3.jpg

This guy always makes me smile. Good Olympics Games Bosh.

Kirby 08-26-2008 08:24 AM

Haha the Cigar is the cherry on top.
I hope he doesn't smoke...

MikeToronto 08-26-2008 10:00 AM

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Originally Posted by FlashDWade3 (Post 52336)
Haha the Cigar is the cherry on top.
I hope he doesn't smoke...

Would you prefer him sucking? ;)


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