The NBA game isn’t easy. Sometimes players face a harsh reality when they get into the league: Their game doesn’t translate. Maybe a player needs the ball in his hands too much in order to be successful. Maybe his body type isn’t conducive for his own style of play. Whatever the case may be, there are plenty of NBA players who just couldn’t adapt and make it in the NBA. However, some players find a way to evolve. These five NBA players changed their game to experience continued success with their teams.
1. Chris Bosh
Chris Bosh is a great example of a player that adjusted his own game. Most people remember him as the third member of the Miami Heat “Big Three,” but in reality Bosh was a superstar in his own right before he joined forces with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. The Toronto Raptors drafted a 19-year-old Bosh in 2003. Within a few short years, he developed into the main leader of the franchise.
With Toronto, from the age of 21 to 25, Bosh averaged 22.8 points, 9.9 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks per game as a back-to-the-basket power forward. His best season came in 2009–10 (his last with the franchise), when he averaged 24 points and 10.8 rebounds. Bosh signed with the Heat that offseason, and his numbers dipped to 17.4 points and 7.4 rebounds during his four seasons with James. He became a much better face-up shooter — even knocking down three-pointers — and helped the Heat win two championships. Currently, Bosh’s future is uncertain at best.