NBA Centers: A Dying Breed?
The NBA is changing right before our eyes and we're probably going to have to accept it right, I'm guessing so. What I mean is teams are starting to experiment with playing small ball now, and centers are starting to become "extinct". Now extinct might be a stretch but what center is dominating right now? Dwight Howard was the best big man in the league at one point, in 2009 he took the Orlando Magic to the finals (not to mention a couple of his best 3 point shooting teammates were on PEDS), fast forward to 2016 Dwight on the Rockets isn't even the same guy on the court anymore, it's like he's playing bozo basketball, even though he did mention he wants to win on Inside the NBA this week, he also is looking for a big paycheck too, and no teams are going to cough up the max except maybe the Atlanta Hawks, the Cavs declined a trade for him, Knicks fans don't want him, teams might have to risk the 1 year deal to see how things progress before making their deals long term.
Dwight was supposed to be Shaq 2.0 when he went to the Lakers in 2012, that situation turned ugly, Dwight ended up getting ejected his last game and signed with Houston the next summer. Lakers fans was throwing so much heat at Howard they were also begging him to stay on the team, you can't put the all the blame on Dwight though, the front office was and still is a mess, Mike Brown was the damn head coach, Kobe was still being "Colorado Kob" going 16-41 and shooting over 4 defenders from the club seats, and Steve Nash time was up, it's obvious Howard didn't want to be apart of that.
Are centers in the NBA a dying breed? That's a tough question now, there's plenty of big men in the league that can play to their potential, Miami has Whiteside, Indiana has Miles Turner, Tristan Thompson has taken Mozgov's spot in Cleveland now, the Spurs have a cheat code secret center name Boban Marjanović, DeAndre Jordan catching lobs in LA, and as much as potential this kid Javale McGee has and I want to see him actually use it, he's on a episode of Shaqtin A Fool every Thursday night. The future of centers is looking pretty shaky, but I'll give it another 2-3 years to see how things really play out.