Mailbag: What would this season’s Heat team look like with a healthy Chris Bosh?

Chris Bosh #1 of the Miami Heat talks to teammates Justise Winslow #20 and Udonis Haslem #40 against the Charlotte Hornets. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

As the Heat continue to fight for a playoff spot, it’s easy to forget that Chris Bosh is actually still part of Miami’s 15-man roster.

Chris is still on the roster, but he has been away from the team this season after failing a team physical just before training camp in September. What would this season’s Heat team look like with a healthy Chris Bosh?

We answered that question and more in this week’s installment of the Heat mailbag. If you weren’t able to ask a question this week, send your questions for future mailbags via Twitter (@Anthony_Chiang and @tomdangelo44).

Danny, Coral Springs: What would this Heat team have looked like with a healthy Chris Bosh?

Anthony Chiang: Pretty darn good. Just imagine Chris Bosh playing with Miami’s current roster. Right now, Erik Spoelstra is using Luke Babbitt as the stretch four. Now imagine Chris in that role. OK, now stop salivating. But in all seriousness, Miami’s depth would be pretty impressive with Chris available.

Center: Hassan Whiteside, Willie Reed, Josh McRoberts.

Power foward: Chris Bosh, James Johnson, Luke Babbitt, Okaro White, Udonis Haslem.

Small forward: Justise Winslow, Rodney McGruder.

Shooting guard: Dion Waiters, Josh Richardson, Wayne Ellington.

Point guard: Goran Dragic, Tyler Johnson.

This team without Chris could end up making the playoffs. Add Chris to the list of available players and this team probably could have been one of the Eastern Conference’s top four teams. It’s a shame that we never got to see what this team could have been with a healthy Chris Bosh. It’s incredible the Heat have accomplished what they have this season without him, considering that Chris takes up about 25 percent of Miami’s salary cap.

@VictorV58432571: What record do the Heat need to finish with to make the playoffs? Need to be at least .500?

Anthony Chiang: It’s looking that way. Chicago and Indiana are now at 39 wins with three games left on their regular-season schedules. The Bulls have two games against the Nets and another against the Magic left, while the Pacers still have to take on the Magic, 76ers and Hawks. Based on those schedules, it’s pretty easy to imagine both the Bulls and Pacers each winning two of their remaining three games to get to 41-41 on the season.

Meanwhile, the Heat are at 38-40 with four games remaining on their regular-season schedule. If Chicago and Indiana get to 41 wins, Miami will need to win three of its final four games to get to 41-41 and make it to the playoffs. That won’t be easy considering the Heat’s final four games come against three of the East’s top four teams.

@drezqt: Bustelo or Pilon?

Anthony Chiang: As a self-appointed Cuban coffee connoisseur, I take this question very seriously. Bustelo and Pilon are two of the mainstream Cuban coffee brands you can buy and both are good. But for me, I always go with Pilon. It’s the smoothest Cuban coffee out there. But that’s only based on my Cuban coffee taste buds … which are probably more reliable than yours.

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