khmrP wrote:Tyson Chanlder is a C and was one of the most integral part of Dall success. The heat won w/o a C because they forced OKC to match up against them with their speed and OKC C sucked and wasn't enough of post pressence to deter Mia from playing small ball. Porkins as celtic was dominant defensive pressence, not in the sense that he blocked everything in sight but he prevented other post presence from being effective. Howard if recovered can still fit in the mold of a showtime C, I wasn't around in the 80s for showtime but from the looks of Kareem, he looked pretty old and was still an integral part of those run/gun teams.
Correct. Look at the big guys that had success with their teams recently. Chandler -- a tall, defensive-minded center. Pau -- officially a 4, but played 5 most of the time. Typical Euro center with a polished, versatile game. Duncan - really a center. Very polished, has mid-range shot, defends and rebounds. Next, Miami used Bosh as their primary "big". 6-11, slim and fairly mobile, amazing mid range shot, plays like an Euro center. Celtics: used KG as a featured big man. 7 feet tall, long arms, awesome defender, mobile. Perkins is not the tallest center, but he is wide and strong and played excellent positional defense.
All of these teams used their big men to either shoot and use their smooth Euro-centric game, or play great D and block shots. Dwight does not have a smooth jumper, but he does fill the defensive role better then most. And, on top of that, he still can give you more on the offensive end then most defensive centers.