The Rock wrote:If you've looked at the history of the Lakers we've always had an All star big man in title teams...Wilt, Kareem, Shaq, Pau. Who can we realistically get to fill in at the Center position if we're building a title team? Or can we get away with the current mid 30s version of Pau while hes being surrounded with a whole bunch of explosive scorers in the perimeter like Miami has done the last 2 years? Seeing the report out today that both Melo + Lebron are available, Id try to get only one of those (preferably Lebron of course but Melo more realistic to get) and pair him up with a big man who can at least play D
Gortat in 2014 can be a cheap get but do you consider him a championship center? He doesnt suck on offense but hes not great either. Hes above average on defense but not elite. Can we win a title with him at C with lets say Melo/Kobe/Lowry/Nash in the perimeter? Im gonna say yes I think the League is moving away from a big time scoring Center mold to a Defense 1st Center who doesnt suck on offense and in free throws. We should target someone in that mold who puts D 1st...Chandler, Noah, Asik...someone with that mentality
What other big men should we target that is realistically gettable?
Look at Dallas when they had Tyson Chandler - I don't see him as a championship Center but it worked. Same goes for Miami using Bosh as their starting Center, when he's more of a PF. Or Perkins when he was with the Celtics. These are not elite big men, but they're solid players who contribute in ways the team needs, like defense, rebounding, or in Bosh's case, scoring. I don't think we need an elite big man, just one that is good enough. If there were a Shaq dominating the league, that would be one thing, but there isn't these days. Bynum had the potential to be that guy but he's likely going to have a short career with his knees.