Dwight Howard, Chris Kaman, & Andrew Bynum: Bringing True Centers Back
Greenpeace can officially take ‘center’ off their list of endangered species. After all, back-to the-basket bigs had become so rare the environmental organization considered picketing NBA arenas and throwing dye at Commissioner Stern during press conferences …
Greenpeace can officially take ‘center’ off their list of endangered species. After all, back-to the-basket bigs had become so rare the environmental organization considered picketing NBA arenas and throwing dye at Commissioner Stern during press conferences.
Remember, the nineteen-nineties featured several spectacular fives-Patrick
Shaquille O’Neal also dominated the end of this era and broke through post-millennium, winning three straight NBA Titles in
Most modern fives treat the paint like a club groupie the morning after an evening rendezvous. They’ll venture in for a little instant gratification, but, on most occasions, prefer the relative safety of the perimeter or their wife.
Purists are sickened by these developments (I’m referring to style of play, not lifestyle choices). They consider seven-footers near the three-point line to be blasphemy and long for traditional posts who play the block.
But the era of soft ‘bigs’ is over. This season, three paint-over-perimeter centers have emerged to replace O’Neal.
1) Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic, Current Superstar.
After three promising seasons, Howard has stepped-up in 2007-08, averaging 23 points, 15 rebounds, and 3 blocks per game. Many see the man with the pearly-white smile as an evolved Shaquille O’Neal. Time will tell, but the future is bright in
2) Chris Kaman, Los Angeles Clippers, Current Star.
With Elton Brand nursing an Achilles injury, Kaman shaved his quasi-mullet and has quickly emerged as an All-Star. This year, he’s stuffing stat-sheets, averaging 18 points, 14 rebounds, and 3 blocks per game. Best of all, his points come down-low, where Kaman seems unstoppable going left.
3) Andrew Bynum, Los Angeles Lakers, Emerging Star.
Bynum’s length, size, soft hands, touch, and developing IQ should kill those Jason Kidd trade rumors. Best of all-unlike most young players-Bynum refused to pout after the infamous Kobe Bryant cell phone tape. No histrionics. No trade request. No beef with Mamba
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