Monday, June 23, 2008

The Center Position or "The Position That Doesn't Exist Anymore"

I'll give you who I think the top 5 centers are, yadda yadda, et cetera and so on, but let's be honest: There are only a handful of true centers left in the league. Most players are a hybrid of Power Forward and Center. But I digress. To the list.

Top 5:
1. Dwight Howard: Now imagine if he had any offensive game at all. Dude averaged 20 points a game without having a go-to move, or really, any semblance of a post game. The Magic rarely pass the ball to him, and the offense stalls when the ball is in his hand. He turns the ball over too much (his turnover rate was in the bottom 20% of the league) and is a poor passer (assist ration was 48th of 60 in all players qualified as center ), but if his basketball IQ ever comes up, or someone can teach him a post move or 5, he could be in the G.O.A.T. (greatest of all time) discussion at center, he's that physically gifted. He rebounds like a beast (highest rebound rate in the league), defends exceptionally well, and works as hard as anyone in the game. Oh, and he'll still be 22 at the start of next season.
2. Yao Ming: Was man meant to be 7'6"? If this dude could stay healthy (no more than 57 games over the past 3 seasons) he could be right there, if not above Dwight Howard. He has an excellent scoring touch, can shoot free throws, is a better defender than advertised, is a decent passer, and is a solid rebounder. He does turn the ball over a little to much, and doesn't attack in the post maybe as much as he should/could, but the main negative is the injury histroy. Time will tell if he can overcome that (Like Zydrunas Ilgauskus did.) He'll be 28 at the start of next season and should be entering his prime.
3. Marcus Camby: Very overlooked player. I like this guy a lot. Is an elite defender, probably the best defender at Center in the league. He's been over 3 blocks per game for the last 4 seasons. Gets very little usage in the Nuggets high octane offense, but when he does touch it, he leads all centers in assist ratio, is a low turnover player, and can knock down a shot or two if left open. He is a monster on the (particularly defensive)glass. Like Yao, the main detraction is the injury history. He's only played above 70 games thrice in a 12 year career, which is scary.
4. Tyson Chandler: This is a big step down from 1-3, but Chandler is a solid Center. He is excellent at doing what he does well: rebound, defend, catch the ally-oop and slam it on your head. More importantly he generally avoids what he does poorly: shoot, do anything on offense besides catch the ally-oop and slam it on your head, handle the ball. He's just an efficient guy who is in the right system and will get you 10 and 10 every night. The big detraction: He's always bitchin'. Shut up Tyson, you make 10 million a year to catch ally-oops from the best point gaurd and slam them down on people's heads. It's okay that fould just got called on you.
5. Zydrunas Ilgauskus: Pencil him in for 12-15 points, 8-9 rebounds, 1-2 blocks, and you have a good, solid player. That's Z. Good and solid. Him ranking this high just shows you how bad Shaq has gotten.

Most Underrated: Andris Beidrins, Chris Kaman, Brendan Haywood
Overrated: Andrew Bynum (you still would have been beaten like red-headed stepchildren, you'll find out next year.), Shaquille O'Neal.

Best in 5 years: 1. Dwight Howard 2. Yao Ming 3. Andrew Bogut

Most looking like a sad hound dog: Mark Blount
Most looking like Tracy Morgan: Andrew Bynum
Most looking like he has Downs Syndrom: Shaquille O'Neal


Rob said...

Hater in the house!