Re: Steamroller Shaq
- --- In APBR_analysis@yahoogroups.com, "carlos12155"
> My perception is that, because of the increasing brutality of postpower
> play, players who in the past might have been centers, now play
> forward.Good point. In earlier eras, Duncan and Garnett are centers. Also,
the guys who often play the position but "prefer" to be PF:
Jermaine, Ben Wallace; and other big-enough guys like Brand and
Voila'; you have plenty of allstar-quality centers.
Still, I can't see Olajuwon, Ewing, Robinson, Daugherty, Smits,
Mutombo, Mourning -- all playing forward today.
The average weight of centers as gone up certainly; now
> unless a guy weighs above 260 pounds he is not a "real center".My source also lists Kareem at 225 lbs. Mike T says his guide shows
> So maybe there is a limit on how many agile 280 pounds guys really
267, which is believable.
Proportionally, a 7-2 225-lb. guy looks like a 6-0 guy who is 132
> This seems to be a relatively recent change; in the mid ninetiesproblems
> there was no shortage of centers but being extra large wasn't
> considered a necessity. Guys like Hakeem didn't had matchup
> then. ¿Is this a real change? ¿What is the cause?My only logical recourse is that they just don't make 'em like that
any more. Big and agile, that is. Hakeem and others would not have
matchup problems today.
Since Shaq has been in the league (11 years now), youngsters across
the nation have had to wonder what it's like to go up against him.
Would such a prospect encourage a 6'6" 13-year-old to learn footwork
for the post?