Chris Bosh is set to enter the Hall-of-Fame tonight, as the remarkable career of the skillful big man will finally be crowned with the highest honor. After he came into the NBA with the iconic 2003 Draft Class, Bosh would immediately showcase his potential and deliver on the hype. Bosh’s original team, the Toronto Raptors, weren’t really the staple of winning, but still, Chris managed to establish himself amongst the better power forwards in the NBA.
The Raptors had the luck of getting the #1 pick in the 2006 Draft, as Bosh finally could have gotten that second star alongside him. But the Raptors would surprise everyone and take the Italian big man Andrea Bargnani. Although very tall and skillful, Andrea was a raw prospect with many flaws in his game. Bargnani went on to have a decent career but nowhere near worthy of the #1 pick, especially considering the names drafted before him.
From Brandon Roy, LaMarcus Aldridge, Rajon Rondo, Kyle Lowry, Rudy Gay, to JJ Reddick, all of these guys below Bargnani would have been a better choice. Exactly JJ Reddick hosted Chris Bosh on his podcast and asked him who he wanted the Raptors to select with that #1 pick. Even though Bosh showed love for Bargnani, one name would have been a better fit in his eyes:
“Ok, Andrea is my man. And Andrea, I hope you’re doing well out there, my man. I’ve had been playing against LaMarcus Aldridge since I was 16 and I was 14. And I watched him develop into where he had gotten to at that moment, which was being the No. 1 pick in the draft. Easy. I actually looked forward to playing with him. I thought we were gonna be like a hometown, twin towers kind of thing ’cause that thing was still alive in the league. I knew they were gonna pick Andrea when I first started talking to them. Andrea is very talented -put the ball on the floor, shot 3s, but it’s just the way that I saw, LaMarcus, head and shoulders is the best players in the draft. And one could argue that he had the best career. Now, with that said, Andrea, he was very good, we still had a good team and he fit what we were doing. I think it was more the vision that they had with European domination in Canada.”Chris Bosh, The Old Man and the Three
A frontcourt with Bosh and Aldridge would have been a very dangerous pairing ahead of its time. The ability to dominate the post and stretch the floor with these two would have opened a ton of opportunities for their team and created problems. But unfortunately for Bosh, the Raptors went in another direction and, in their style, selected an international guy.
You could say Bargnani was in the wrong era, as a 7’0” guy with range would be perfect for today’s game. But back in the mid-2000s, that wasn’t yet the meta. Who knows how a Raptors duo of Bosh and Aldridge would have looked, but CB4 still took the matter into his own hands later in his career, joining forces with LeBron and Wade in Miami to get two rings to his name. The icing on the top of a remarkable career from a great player.