Chris Bosh is one step closer to basketball immortality.
The former Toronto Raptors and Miami Heat star has been named one of 14 finalists to be potentially inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
— Basketball HOF (@Hoophall) March 9, 2021
Bosh is one of nine first-time finalists, which also includes Paul Pierce.
Toronto drafted Bosh, an 11-time All-Star, in 2003. After Vince Carter left the team via trade in 2004, Bosh took over and became the lead man. During his seven seasons with the Raptors, he averaged over 20 points and almost 10 rebounds per game.
In 2010, he left the Raptors, joining forces with LeBron James and Dwayne Wade to form the famous big three with the Miami Heat. He helped lead the Heat to four straight NBA Finals apperance and a pair of championships, averaging 18 points and just over seven rebounds per game over six seasons. Unfortunately, a blood clotting issue forced Bosh’s early retirement at only 31 years old and in March of 2019, Bosh had his jersey was retired by the Heat.
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Bosh is still the franchise leader in rebounds and blocks with the Raptors and is also top five in games played, minutes played, and total points.
The two-time NBA Champion was eligible to be admitted to the Hall of Fame last season but did not make the finalists list. If inducted this year, Bosh would become the third former Raptors player to be admitted into the Hall of Fame, joining Tracy McGrady and Hakeem Olajuwon.
Here’s the full list of finalists for the 2021 class:
- Rick Adelman (coach)
- Leta Andrews (coach)
- Chris Bosh
- Michael Cooper
- Yolanda Griffith
- Tim Hardaway
- Lauren Jackson
- Marques Johnson
- Paul Pierce
- Bill Russell (coach)
- Marianne Stanley (coach)
- Ben Wallace
- Chris Webber
- Jay Wright (coach)