Bosh soars to new heights

STEVE BUFFERY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:24 AM ET

Raptors star Chris Bosh has another feather in his cap and a trophy on his mantle.

Bosh, 23, was named to the all-NBA second team yesterday as voted by a panel of writers and broadcasters throughout the U.S. and Canada. The honour is a first for Bosh, who joins Vince Carter as the only Raptors to receive the recognition. Carter was a second-team member in 2001 and made the third team in 2000.

"This is truly a special honour for me," Bosh said. "It shows that my hard work has paid dividends and that I was surrounded by great teammates."

Ironically, Raptors head coach Sam Mitchell used to encourage his star power forward to aim high and become as good as the coach's former teammate with the Minnesota Timberwolves, 10-time all-star Kevin Garnett.

And while Garnett posted slightly better numbers than Bosh, Bosh beat out Garnett for second-team honours by nine points. The media panel voted for the first, second and third teams by position with points were awarded on a 5-3-1 basis. Bosh also had eight first-place votes as compared to five for Garnett, who, at 30, is considered one of the finest power forwards to play the game.

Raptors GM Bryan Colangelo, who has been busy this week negotiating with Mitchell's agent, Lonnie Cooper, was pleased, though not surprised at Bosh's recognition.

"It's a strong indication just how quickly he has emerged as a bright star in this league," Colangelo said. "I look forward to continue to build around him as the cornerstone of this franchise."

Bosh helped lead the Raptors to a franchise-record tying 47 wins, home court in the playoffs and their first Atlantic Division title. He led the team in scoring (22.6) and rebounding (10.7) in recording career highs.

Bosh had a team single-season record 42 double-doubles and finished as the franchise's career leader with 119. In February, Bosh was named an all-star starter for the first time.

Bosh won his first player of the month award in January and three times was named player of the week. Joining Bosh on the second team are Washington's Gilbert Arenas and Houston's Tracy McGrady at guard, Cleveland's LeBron James at forward and Houston's Yao Ming at centre. Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas) and Tim Duncan (San Antonio) were first-team forwards, while Canadian Steve Nash (Phoenix) earned the most overall points. He joined Kobe Bryant (Lakers) as first-team guards.


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