Where Has the NBA Center Gone?

April 4th, 2010 by JW Nix Leave a reply »
No longer does the NBA have the likes of Bill Lanier, Wilt Chamberlain, Artis Gilmore or Willis Reed patrolling the lanes of their league. In their place are power forwards forced to play center named Tim Duncan, Dwight Howard, Nene Hilario, and Chuck Hayes play center for their teams. Some attribute the transition of the game as the reason why the modern center prefers to face the basket to beat the defender off the dribble, as opposed to the old school way of posting up on the blocks to dominate the lanes. Others lament the lack of fundamentals of the modern player as the reason why, men who rely on their athleticism instead of learning the game better. Whatever the reason, David Lee, a 6'9" player on the New York Knicks, leads all centers in scoring in 2010 with a 20.3 points per game average. Though his numbers are comparable to Hall of Fame Knicks Legend Willis Reed, no one will confuse the two players games. Even if they stand the same height. Here are the very few of what constitutes a classic NBA center left in the games today.Begin Slideshow


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