Who Has the NBA’s Top Interior Tandem?

September 3rd, 2015 by Zach Buckley Leave a reply »

The NBA's game might be changing, but the importance of size isn't.

There are, of course, new demands placed on those monsters in the middle. Having size alone isn't enough. It has to be coupled with skill, and there would ideally be some speed, mobility, versatility and athleticism added in as well.

But good bigs are still incredibly valuable. They can generate point-blank scoring chances, prevent opponents from finding those same shots, free up perimeter players with bone-rattling screens and help balance the floor with their gravitational pull on opposing defenses.

"Truly elite towers are the ones who incorporate as many devices as possible...into an ever-expanding tool belt," wrote Bleacher Report's Dan Favale. "And as long as the NBA necessitates that versatility, anyone willing to conform in some way can survive. Even the traditional big man."

Today's behemoths come in all shapes, sizes and play styles. So how does one decide which interior tandems rise above the rest?


By The Numbers

Using the projected depth charts on ESPN.com, we can identify the l ...

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