Is the Future of the NBA’s Center Position in Good Hands?

December 24th, 2015 by Dan Favale Leave a reply »

The future of the NBA's center position is shrouded in more mystery than any of its counterparts.

While the power forward slot has been home to more of a functional face-lift, the 5 spot is unique in its apparent expendability. The league is favoring an offensive style that often marginalizes, and sometimes negates, the importance of traditional centers.

Can the Association's 5s pivot to remain a key part of the game's future? Is there enough star talent to carry this group of bigs in the coming years? Are stereotypical 5s becoming obsolete?

Bleacher Report's Jonathan Wasserman and yours truly are back with the final installment of our position-by-position outlook, this time taking stock of where, if anywhere, the center position is headed.


Current Crop

A de-emphasis on post play has not spelled the end for star centers.

Nine of the league's top 25 player efficiency ratings belong to 5s, and the position has more than its fair share of household names:

DeMarcus Cousins is basically David Robinson with a mean streak... ...

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