May 26, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Miami Heat center Chris Bosh (1) and Indiana Pacers small forward Paul George (24) battle for position in game three of the Eastern Conference finals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Heat won 114-96. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Regular Season Bosh versus Playoff Bosh?


While watching the Miami Heat play the Indiana Pacers recently, I’ve found myself thinking “That’s Chris “I look like a Velociraptor”  Bosh???  You know, he’s actually playing pretty well.”  Which led me to the following question:

Does Chris Bosh come in two versions, Regular Season Bosh, and the Bigger (not literally bigger) and Better Playoff Bosh?

It turns out that…he doesn’t.

His playoff field goal percentage isn’t significantly better (or worse) than his regular season field goal percentage.  In fact, they are essentially the same.

Even his rebound, assist, turnover, steals, and blocks numbers are virtually unchanged from the regular season to the playoffs.  If you’re being nitpicky, Playoff Bosh has slightly more rebounds and blocks per game, and slightly fewer assists, turnovers, and steals per game than Regular Season Bosh — but again, the differences are incredibly slight.  

The biggest difference between Regular Season Bosh and Playoff Bosh?  Three point shooting.  Playoff Bosh attempts twice as many three pointers as Regular Season Bosh, and makes three times as many.  This is illustrated pretty clearly in the following chart:  Regular Season Bosh shoots a mediocre 28.4% from three point range while Playoff Bosh shoots an incredible 45.8% from three point range.

In the end, there isn’t much difference between Regular Season Bosh and Playoff Bosh.  This makes sense, as the added effort that players make during the playoffs would probably be cancelled by the fact that the teams they’re playing are better than the average team (unless you are the Milwaukee Bucks, in which case you’re probably just about as good as the average team).

The only considerable area of difference between the two lies in three point shooting.  Playoff Bosh shoots more threes, makes more threes, and shoots at a very very very efficient rate.



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