The Great Bigs of the Future....
We just went trough a draft that produced great PGs for years to come... People often talk about the depth of the Guards that we have in the league.. The great scorers, athletes, and defenders that spot the league... We always say that the deepest position in the NBA is SF... We also seem to think that bigs are the weakness of this league...
Lets look a the truly great bigs in the league right now...
Pau Gasol - Proved it with his play in the playoffs and elevating the Lakers to Championship contenders.
Tim Duncan - Probably one of the top 3 PFs of all time.. Still playing at a high level.
Dwight Howard - Super defender with lots of room to grow. Best C in the league.
Chris Bosh - Does he have a weakness?? Maybe most versatile PF in league..
Chris Kaman - The lone bright spot in the LAC franchise.
David Lee - Walking double-double.
Amare Stoudamire - Explosive, versatile and very heady..
Great Declining Bigs
Kevin Garnett - Once the best PF in the league but injury has slowed him.. Still a difference maker.
Shaquille O'Neal - Everyone knows this story....
Elton Brand - Once was a 20, 10 guy and now he is the weakness of a team..
There are more that can be thrown around but I didnt want to water the groups down more than they already are..
These guys are going to be replaced in the very near future.. There is a plethora of great bigs that are chasing these guys for best PF/C in the league... Lets look at these guys:
Blake Griffin - Man.. Cant wait to see this guy play.. Looks to be the next Karl Malone/Amare Stoudamire..
Greg Oden - Same thing with Griffin, cant wait to see him play.. Could be freaking dominate.
Hasheem Thabeet - People doubt him but he will probably be a starter one day.. 7'3 is hard to teach.
Brook Lopez - Going to be the best C in the league one day... Versatile and capable...
Al Hortford - Already made an All-Star team and hasnt been in the league but 3 years..
Andrew Bynum - 22 years old and pretty unstoppable..
Paul Milsap - Had great numbers as a starter.. As a backup was still very good..
Michael Beasley - People are too quick to label people as a bust.. Could be a great PF...
Derrick Favors - Everyone loves this guy.. I disagree but he could be great.. Has right tools...
DeMarcus Cousins - Looks to be a pretty damn good prospect.. Also, could be Eddy Curry..
Now this isnt mentioning guys like Jason Thompson, Robin Lopez, Anthony Randolph, Andray Blatche, Javal Mcgee, Speights, and others that could have great years and become great players...
The depth of the Big positions is deeper than people give credit..
I think that in the next few years, we will see more and more really good big men...
What do you all think??
Also everyone waiting for Drummond and Austin
Fab Melo is going to be good in the future too.
I feel like bigs are hard to come by as far as drafting. You completely depend on their motivation to lose/gain weight and their overall stamina. This is why so many sure shot bigs fail when they get to the NBA. I can only see one maybe 3 bigs from this draft making an impact (Cousins Monroe and Sanders)
I think that there really isn't t that many true bigs left in the game, at least not in the traditional sense. The league seems to be trending towards 4s who are to big or slow to play the 3, and 5s who are really 4s but aren't athletic enough to stretch the floor. I mean I feel like there really aren't a whole lot of back to the basket, tough nosed, in your face type defenders playing the post anymore. To many teams want a guy who can stretch the defense and make the 15 footers. Guys like Gasol, Aldridge, Bosh, and Stoudimire. It make sense because this is an offensive driven league. So guys who are more versatile on offense seem to be who everybody wants. I find though that guys who are really dominate in the post and can play with their back to the basket are typically much more effective. Maybe not in the stat sheet, but at least in terms of presence and respect. Look at Bynum in LA. He doesn't score a lot, but players have to respect his presence in the post. I think Oden could be great if he ever stayed healthy, and when he has played and played out of foul trouble, he has shown a dominating game. The obvious choice for the league's best center is D. Howard. The guy plays like a center should, and doesn't try to be anything more then he his. He isn't out trying to take midrange shots, because he knows when he is on his game no one can defend him. I think that you'' eventually see a trend back the other way as well though....so who knows...
Don't count out Yao.
-1 for spelling Karl Malone with a C.
Joakim Noah averaged 12 rebounds per game in only his 3rd season and a key component to a Chicago team on the rise. He could be the best defensive center of his era when all is said and done.
the NBA is faster paced now. Bigs need to be more athletic, and perimeter oriented, and so their aren't as many great low post threats. The best teams still need some players who can score around the rim and rebound. Hater23 is right. There maybe a trend back towards back to the basket bigs in the future to take advantage of the undersized 4s and 5s in the NBA today.
Better than Dwight Howard?
sullinger,enes canter,dejuan coleman, and drummond will all be great nba bigmen one day.
sullnger is undersized but works hard and uses his body unbelievably
canter is pau gasol
coleman is similar to sullinger but stronger and thicker
Well, maybe Howard, BUT I'm pretty high on Noah and he has a lot more upside than I originally thought.
My bad on the Karl thing...I always do that.... Yea, I forgot about Noah...I like him as a player...
Absolutely. Everything runs in cycles. We went through a period where there were few quality big men in the league but that followed the greatest era of centers in NBA history the mid 90s (where Olajuwon, Robinson, O'Neal, Ewing, Mourning and Mutombo garnered constant all star attention). Eventually things will swing back and there will be lots of very good big men in the league and a lack of star shooting guards or some other position.
isn't Dirk one of the best bigs in the league now?
i keep hearing how fast the game is now and that may be true but the teams that seem to keep winning are the ones with bigs who arent the fastest and who play the half court game more then full court( boston,lakers,det,spurs) the fast break teams get all the talk but the rings seem to go to the non great athletic,primeter orintated bigs (centers)