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TheVillain
07-25-2010, 05:57 PM
How many true centers are left in the game today? And what defines a true center? What qualities do they have?

NYKnickFanatic
07-25-2010, 06:15 PM
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Gators123
07-25-2010, 06:16 PM
Kwame Brown is built like a true center, does that count? ;)

krest213
07-25-2010, 06:17 PM
tiago splitter is a true center

nanablvd
07-25-2010, 06:31 PM
How many true centers are left in the game today? And what defines a true center? What qualities do they have?

Being a true center means he is not versatile enough to play the power forward. Besides the qualities that a good big man should possess, most true centers are slow, bulky, heavy, and cant shoot from beyond the paint. lol.

SANDBURG23
07-25-2010, 06:34 PM
What a true Center has changed sincs the 90's. It's more of a Def & rebounding pos now. This is Why players like Camby & Noah are top centers instead of good PF's along side a Center. Your Charles Oakley's and Anthony Masons are now the Centers.

jackdawson
07-25-2010, 06:39 PM
Definition and qualities: See Shaquille O'Neal.

MrfadeawayJB
07-25-2010, 06:39 PM
A true center is a player that would rather score with their back to the basket, not fall away jumpers and mid range shots all the time....thats too finesse. Marc Gasol is a true center.

Robbw241
07-25-2010, 06:40 PM
Brook Lopez all day

ldc62
07-25-2010, 06:47 PM
Is Dwight Howard a true center? In NBA live 2008 hes listed as a PF. Also he has no back to the basket move....

-Kobe24-TJ19-
07-25-2010, 06:53 PM
I think the definition of a true center is that you can play the 5 only:)

BKNets21
07-25-2010, 06:53 PM
Brook Lopez and Andrew Bogut are the two names that spring to mind first.

topdog
07-25-2010, 06:56 PM
Legit 7ft., bases their game on utilizing their size/strength (doesn't mean they can't shoot jumpers).

Shaq, Kaman, Lopez, Gasol(s?), Howard, various other lesser-skilled players

s3antana5757
07-25-2010, 06:58 PM
Bynum.

TheVillain
07-25-2010, 07:20 PM
Does anyone see Cousins stepping into that mold?

still1ballin
07-25-2010, 07:31 PM
Bynum.

this

nacdaddy
07-25-2010, 07:37 PM
really???????
not a mention of the best true center still left in the league.
hes 7'6 averages 20 and 10 and chinese. yall mightve heard of him.

masalex1205
07-25-2010, 08:12 PM
power forwards play from the high block while centers play from the low block.

A "true" center would ideally not be shorter than 6'11" and have a certain amount of bulk. He would be better off scoring off the low block while focusing on defending the middle and is the person who is supposed to guard the paint.

Dieselpi
07-25-2010, 08:14 PM
eddy curry

Hawkeye15
07-25-2010, 08:15 PM
6'10" minimum, back to the basket player, who defends the paint and rebounds is an ideal true center. Hakeem was 6'10" ( I dont care what he was listed at, I have seen the man up close numerous times and he was well under 7'). Also, you pretty much only play C, which throws guys like Duncan or Jefferson out.
Bynum, Lopez, Marc Gasol, Bogut, Yao, these are true centers.

masalex1205
07-25-2010, 08:15 PM
^good examples of "true" centers: marc gasol, bynum, Howard, Shaq, Bogut

masalex1205
07-25-2010, 08:20 PM
really???????
not a mention of the best true center still left in the league.
hes 7'6 averages 20 and 10 and chinese. yall mightve heard of him.

you mean the guy who can't walk to the crapper without pulling a hammie? yea ive heard of him

Dieselpi
07-25-2010, 08:26 PM
you mean the guy who can't walk to the crapper without pulling a hammie? yea ive heard of him

ken griffey?

oh no we are talking about the nba my mistake.

Htownballa1622
07-25-2010, 08:44 PM
you mean the guy who can't walk to the crapper without pulling a hammie? yea ive heard of him

Yeah and on the way to the crapper some 6'5 guard falls into his knee or a big center steps in his foot.the most offensively skilled center.yes.yao ming.

KJ21.the.truth
07-25-2010, 08:52 PM
ken griffey?

oh no we are talking about the nba my mistake.

That's hall of famer ken griffey.

Dwight is a true center, the best in the game.

kjoke
07-25-2010, 09:21 PM
okur

XxigglesphanxX
07-25-2010, 09:48 PM
kendrick perkins in most peoples opinions is a a bad center, just to clarify not a celtics fan, but he actually averaged 10ppg last season and i think 8 boards. while he is only about 6'10 he is a true center. a guy that bases his game on his strength and size, he doesnt mind fouling if he gets beat, he is one of those guys people dont like to go up against. if i remember correctly he did a pretty good job on the best center in the nba in dwight. he is over looked as a true center id like to see a good argument about saying hes not

Switch
07-25-2010, 09:50 PM
I am surprised not a lot of people are mentioning Yao Ming.

blastmasta26
07-25-2010, 11:17 PM
I am surprised not a lot of people are mentioning Yao Ming.
He's too undersized to be a C.

eyeamagerm
07-25-2010, 11:20 PM
chris kaman IMO

Mochalman
07-25-2010, 11:57 PM
so much homerism in this thread!

id take howard or bogut as my center any day

DerekRE_3
07-26-2010, 01:46 AM
Does anyone see Cousins stepping into that mold?

Cousins has the potential and skills to do pretty much everything. He can shoot, he can post, he can pass, he can rebound. He's got the size and length to be a pretty good defender once he gets some experience.