Seemingly each night Miami has a different requirement of Chris Bosh.
Sometimes the Heat need him to dominate in the post, other nights long range shooting is the order.
Bosh has been able to excel at both.
The emergence of Hassan Whiteside at the center position has enabled Bosh to shift back to power forward — his natural position — allowing him to thrive.
Sunday against Portland, the 10-time All-Star was able to pour in 29 points, one off of his season high, as he connected on 11-of-19 attempts from the field and converted three shots from 3-point range.
As has been the case for much of the season, Bosh was able to round out the stat sheet with six rebounds, four assists and two steals.
During his sixth season with the Heat, the 31-year-old forward is submitting his most complete effort, averaging 17.5 points, 8.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists and just under a block per game.
Bosh is also averaging a career-high 1.5 made shots from 3-point range each night.
For the season, Bosh is connecting on 35 percent of his attempts from beyond the arc, but it was his ability to attack the rim that carried the Heat Sunday afternoon.
Bosh scored the first nine points of the fourth quarter for Miami by using his combination of effectiveness at the rim and a potent mid-range jumper.
The flurry of points from Bosh paved the way for Whiteside to dominate down the stretch.
The front court combination has helped the Heat maintain its status as one of the most potent teams in the Eastern Conference. The versatility of Bosh has provided the key.
Joffrey Lauvergne– Denver Nuggets
Available in 85% of Yahoo! fantasy leagues
Lauvergne has posted two double-doubles in the last three games and is beating out Nikola Jokic for the majority of minutes at the center position in Denver. After sitting out for a month with a back injury, Lauvergne is becoming a reliable scoring option, as he has shot 57 percent from the field and 50 percent from beyond the arc as he is averaging 12.3 points and 10.3 rebounds over his last three appearances.
Bobby Portis– Chicago Bulls
Available in 92% of Yahoo! fantasy leagues
Immediately after falling to the Pistons in quadruple overtime, the Bulls had to board a plane and fly from Chicago to New York, playing the Knicks just just hours later. As Pau Gasol stayed behind to rest, the team turned to Portis, the 22nd overall pick of the 2015 NBA Draft. Chicago kept Portis out on the floor for 22 minutes and he produced career-highs with 20 points, 11 rebounds and two steals. The 6-foot-11 forward even connected on 2-of-3 attempts from 3-point range on the night.
Lance Thomas– New York Knicks
Available in 98% of Yahoo! fantasy leagues
Thomas has scored at least 10 points in each of his last five appearances for the Knicks. As New York has continually given him more playing time, keeping him on the court for at least 20 minutes in 10 of its last 11 games, Thomas has responded by displaying his wide array of skills. Earlier in the month against Sacramento, he recorded a season-high three steals and Wednesday against Minnesota, he grabbed a season-high seven rebounds. The 27-year-old has even knocked down a 3-pointer in each of his last nine appearances.
Brandon Rush– Golden State Warriors
Available in 99% of Yahoo! fantasy leagues
Another potent long range shooter has emerged for Golden State. While he may not connect at the frequency of Stephen Curry or Klay Thompson, Rush is proving to be just as accurate. The 6-foot-6 guard has knocked down 23-of-46 attempts from 3-point range. The 50 percent shooting of Rush would qualify as the best in the league, but he hasn’t attempted enough shots to receive an official ranking. Rush has connected at least once from 3-point range in 10 of the last 11 games and is starting to receive more time in the rotation.
Marcus Smart– Boston Celtics
Available in 55% of Yahoo! fantasy leagues
Once Smart returns following a left knee injury, the Celtics expect to serve as the sixth man on the team, and will bring him along slowly. The team doesn’t expect him to be back until the first week of January, but fantasy teams in need of a reliable point guard should try and lock him on their roster now. In his absence, Boston has posted a record of just 7-8 and could use his defensive intensity, as he was averaging 1.8 steals per game before suffering the injury.