The Evolution of The Center Position in The NBA


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  • DeAndre Page
    DeAndre Page  3 days back

    Lakers actually UPGRADED THEIR DEFENSE after the Boogie Cousins ACL injury = Twin Towers Lineup featuring Shot-blockers instead of Cousins as a Stretch-5. 😀😀😀
    Anthony Davis was originally a point guard before tremendous growth spurt, so he wants to keep his perimeter player foundation by not being LIMITED TO INTERIOR SCORING, which comes with the Center label.
    Demanded that he stay at the 4-plus only be used as the 3rd Center.

    • Mason P
      Mason P  4 days back

      You should have at least mention Arvydas Sabonis; he was the original do it all big man. He could shoot, pass, play defense, he was past his prime when he came to the NBA but he was still a beast

      • Mason P
        Mason P  4 days back

        Holy shit when Wilt blocked Kareem’s hook that was wild

        • Lucas Kim
          Lucas Kim  4 days back

          The current one has the most potential. There could be a center who can do everything a point guard can do as well as post up and block shots. It would basically be unstoppable imo.

          • Terrence PERKINS
            Terrence PERKINS  1 weeks back

            Late 80s 90s had the best center.. bring them back snice 2010 to now nba suck

            • Mackenzi Jackson
              Mackenzi Jackson  2 weeks back

              That was a lot of change

              • Carson Benvo
                Carson Benvo  2 weeks back

                Bill Lambier with his flagrant fouls got me😂

                • L-Mighty Effect
                  L-Mighty Effect  2 weeks back

                  The defensive 3 in the key killed the Center position

                  • Elonkelon
                    Elonkelon  3 weeks back

                    I love these kinds of analysis videos and would enjoy seeing more of them!

                    • Soccerman1963
                      Soccerman1963  3 weeks back

                      Once I realized this was happening and not changing I had to speak. No Sikma? He was power forward his first year and Marvin Williams was center. We lost to Unseld who you list and show. Second year Williams was traded, Sikma moved to center and we won it 4-1 against Unseld. After 3 years of realizing Magic owned the Pacific Division he was traded to Milwaukee and won multiple division crowns, went to the ecf multiple times, only to run into Bird and Co and get his ass kicked. Whatta ya gonna do? He also in my memory was the first big man to regularly step out to distance and swish long balls, you know, stretching the floor.

                      Any story on the history of big men omitting him is bullshit. Yeah, I'm from Seattle and biased.

                      • Jehan
                        Jehan  3 weeks back

                        Bruh you talk like 8th grade me trying to sound smart in a PowerPoint presentation

                        • Weesli 7
                          Weesli 7  3 weeks back

                          Where are the rest of these 😭😭

                          • Chris Checketts
                            Chris Checketts  3 weeks back

                            Mehmet Okur and the Utah Jazz in the mid-late 2000s partially contributed as well.

                            • 1shot
                              1shot  3 weeks back

                              Curry has a big part of this

                              • Artie the Swolest Man in the World

                                People still think Tim Duncan wasn't a center, c'mon

                                • Griffin J miller
                                  Griffin J miller  4 weeks back

                                  3:35 that wristband confused me so much

                                  • Isaac Esquivel
                                    Isaac Esquivel  1 months back

                                    You missed the biggest point. The game has changed.

                                    You are talking about centers having as much of an impact to winning basketball. Judging by that dynamic we only have Jokic and Embiid.

                                    They are more of a perimeter/ guard style type of a player. The centers that updated their offensive game to the new era stay dominant. The players who don't stay in the dark ages.

                                    That's the difference between Blake Griffin and Dwight Howard. They we're both dunkers at the start of their careers, but when Blake lost his athleticism he changed his game and he had a great season this year. Compare it to Dwight Howard, when he lost his step he didn't evolved to the new era of basketball that we are living in .

                                    Change my mind, I'll wait here...

                                    • Kevin Huang
                                      Kevin Huang  2 months back

                                      They should call it a “devolution”. Big men today really don’t know how to play. Even the top guys like Joel Embiid and Karl Anthony Towns really aren’t fundamentally sound like the centers of the past. Coaches aren’t teaching center skills anymore because all anybody wants to do is shoot 3s. Today’s emphasis on the 3 is because today’s centers can’t play, not because the 3 point line suddenly appeared recently.

                                      • Math Simon
                                        Math Simon  2 months back

                                        Hmm you mention Chris Bosh shooting threes but you forget to mention even once the GODFATHER of big man shooting in the modern era who beat the big 3 of Miami?

                                        • brucemercer
                                          brucemercer  2 months back

                                          Great Video... I only wish it was 3 to 5 hours long... so that you could go even more in-depth and talk bout signature moves of these players and some of their best games. You got to do a little of that here but I wish their was lots more. You gave use the in-depth encyclopedia version (probably more than an encyclopedia version). I wish this was like a 30-for-30 that added a new 30 minutes for each section.

                                          As for Bill Lambeer ... his specialty was the Screen and Fade "3" (or just shooting the 3 in general). Very few Center could shoot the deep ball at the time. And that helped the 3 great undersized, but very quick guards the Pistons relied on to get to the hoop. It more or less forced the Defense to not Switch after the screen... or if the did switch to give up a huge mismatch for both switches. (Only Stockton/Malone had a more deadly Pick and Roll Series.)

                                          • DC Bon
                                            DC Bon  2 months back

                                            I'm here for the love of the game.

                                            • Nako Thong
                                              Nako Thong  2 months back

                                              Denver has built around jokic and runs everything through him

                                              • Alex Filip
                                                Alex Filip  2 months back

                                                It looks like his hand is separated from his arm lol 3:41

                                                • Wobba Fett
                                                  Wobba Fett  2 months back

                                                  bob pettit was power forward

                                                  • thhthtrht
                                                    thhthtrht  2 months back

                                                    lol championships allocated to centre? This nigga dumb

                                                    • Nelson Madel
                                                      Nelson Madel  2 months back

                                                      Tim duncan is the best

                                                      • Olly Tropics
                                                        Olly Tropics  2 months back

                                                        Jokic is going to be the first center in a long time to lead his team to a chip and he will win an mvp for sure

                                                        • Olly Tropics
                                                          Olly Tropics  2 months back

                                                          Joakim was an absolute monster on defense you cant discredit that

                                                          • Magnum 2.4
                                                            Magnum 2.4  2 months back

                                                            Im hearing censor not center.

                                                            • Emmett Day
                                                              Emmett Day  2 months back

                                                              You should make videos like this for every position

                                                              • Shmebulock the gnome
                                                                Shmebulock the gnome  2 months back

                                                                All I got to say is #TrustTheProcess

                                                                • William Buckman
                                                                  William Buckman  2 months back

                                                                  Yo Robinson won a ring 2x

                                                                  • Joshua Stefano Baguio
                                                                    Joshua Stefano Baguio  2 months back

                                                                    why no mention of dirk

                                                                    • Jesse Garcia
                                                                      Jesse Garcia  2 months back

                                                                      You had me at no sponsors lol that was funny

                                                                      • Ronald M
                                                                        Ronald M  2 months back

                                                                        Its more like de-evolution

                                                                        • TLE Nugget
                                                                          TLE Nugget  2 months back

                                                                          Is grabbing the rim considered dunking

                                                                          • Fast Dry
                                                                            Fast Dry  2 months back

                                                                            Can you do a feature on the small-ball take-over and it's development?

                                                                            • Fast Dry
                                                                              Fast Dry  2 months back

                                                                              Great piece, very critical issue topic. Would've preferred a better music track to keep us moe engaged though. But great piece.

                                                                              • Jesse Bain
                                                                                Jesse Bain  2 months back

                                                                                I enjoyed it good job bro keep it up I’m intrigued lol

                                                                                • BigBagOfFrikenAirFak
                                                                                  BigBagOfFrikenAirFak  2 months back

                                                                                  Nikola Jokic is the evolution of the big man.

                                                                                  • Naseer Williams
                                                                                    Naseer Williams  1 weeks back

                                                                                    @SyPhOn 123 with a shot

                                                                                  • PeteSimon Simon
                                                                                    PeteSimon Simon  1 weeks back

                                                                                    The Joker is just as good and playing all season

                                                                                  • PeteSimon Simon
                                                                                    PeteSimon Simon  1 weeks back

                                                                                    I Hakeem was always injured

                                                                                  • SyPhOn 123
                                                                                    SyPhOn 123  2 weeks back

                                                                                    @BigBagOfFrikenAirFak embiid is hakeem.

                                                                                  • BigBagOfFrikenAirFak
                                                                                    BigBagOfFrikenAirFak  2 months back

                                                                                    Kbuss04 Joel embiid is no different than the centers before him and the already 3 point heavy nba. Jokic changed the mold, jokic is the future and the evolution. Embiid is not the evolution of anything

                                                                                • DOC
                                                                                  DOC  2 months back

                                                                                  Best NBA Centers of all time imo.

                                                                                  1. Kareem
                                                                                  2. Shaq
                                                                                  3. Yao
                                                                                  4. Wilt
                                                                                  5. Hakeem

                                                                                  • DOC
                                                                                    DOC  2 months back

                                                                                    @Thomas Barry I can't put Bill above any of these people. He probably has the greatest career behind Kareem, but In terms of skill these guys are all better.

                                                                                  • Thomas Barry
                                                                                    Thomas Barry  2 months back

                                                                                    DOC bill has to be there

                                                                                • Junior Nostaw
                                                                                  Junior Nostaw  2 months back


                                                                                  • Derek Johnson
                                                                                    Derek Johnson  2 months back

                                                                                    Rip Chris Bosh

                                                                                    • nikita mihalkov
                                                                                      nikita mihalkov  2 months back

                                                                                      Final evolution is my man Joker ... !!!

                                                                                      • Mozark
                                                                                        Mozark  2 months back

                                                                                        Why do you say censors sometimes and center other times lol

                                                                                        • El Ratõn
                                                                                          El Ratõn  2 months back

                                                                                          Bob petit is a power forward

                                                                                          • Aidyn the oofer
                                                                                            Aidyn the oofer  2 months back

                                                                                            Where manute bol

                                                                                            • Dylan Cooney
                                                                                              Dylan Cooney  2 months back

                                                                                              You can tell this guy is a Sixers fan lol