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After being selected to his eighth All-Star Game in a career that has only been 10 seasons long, Miami Heat big man Chris Bosh is excited about the honor. He's not one of those NBA veterans who wants to skip the weekend and just "chill." That's what practice is for, after all.
Bosh wants to participate in the festivities. And being selected to another All-Star team also means his Hall of Fame candidacy just got stronger. How strong is his case? FoxSportsFlorida.com's Chris Tomasson got this answer:
"Hell, yeah, of course. I've been a Hall of Famer like four years ago," the Miami Heat center told FOX Sports Florida after Friday's 110-88 win over Detroit.
Bosh has been a Hall of Famer since four years ago? He was a Hall of Fame player after 439 games in his first six seasons and just two playoff appearances? Why would he believe that?
"And I say that very serious, though. I've talked about it before with my friends."
Well if he's talked it over with his friends...
Looking at Bosh's career so far, it wouldn't shock me for him to end up a Hall of Fame worthy player by the end of his career. Basketball-Reference.com has his HOF probability set at 89.3 percent, 11th highest among active players. The players he is behind are Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Dirk Nowitzki, Paul Pierce, Jason Kidd, Ray Allen, and Chris Paul. These are all guys who seem like locks to make the Hall of Fame.
Bosh currently sits at 13,426 points, 6,167 rebounds and 1,429 assists for his career. There are 69 players in NBA history who have talled 13,000 points, 6,000 rebounds, and 1,400 assists in their career. Of those players, 33 have not made the Hall of Fame, but at least a dozen of them seem to have a great case for eventually finding themselves celebrated in Springfield, Mass.
The only Hall of Fame eligible player in NBA history with eight All-Star appearances or more to not make the Hall is Larry Foust, the former Fort Wayne Pistons' big man who played from 1950 to 1962.
Just doing some crude math and estimations, if Chris Bosh is able to average somewhere around the 17 points, 7 rebounds and 1.7 assists while playing 75 games per season for the next eight seasons, then he'd finish his career with around 23,000 points, 10,000 rebounds and 2,400 assists. Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Kevin Garnett, Shaquille O'Neal, Hakeem Olajuwon, Tim Duncan, Charles Barkley and Elgin Baylor are the only players in NBA history to finish with those numbers. Six of those guys have made the Hall of Fame and Shaq, KG and Duncan are locks to make it when they're eligible.
While Bosh isn't out of line for thinking he will be a Hall of Fame player when it's all said and done, claiming it happened four years ago does seem a little brash.
(H/T - Ball Don't Lie)