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R_O_W_E
08-31-2010, 09:43 PM
Just wanted to see what you guys thought.

Im going to go with Power Forward due to how easily someone can be exploited by people with better skills at the same size.

Few players have made a career as a "defensive stopper" at the PF position. Which is why Rodman should be in the HOF

Derick713
08-31-2010, 09:55 PM
The Center position is the hardest and most demanding position in basketball. Centers are expected to be defensive anchors while being the most efficient offensive player on a team. Playing Center means you'll have little chance to be the greatest ever when you’re competing against the accolades of Russell, Chamberlain, Jabbar, and O'Neal. Centers take a pounding and are officiated unfairly at times. Young Centers take time to develop as well.

Wings are the hardest players to predict in the Draft.

NBA-GMaster
08-31-2010, 09:58 PM
Center pos.. you need to have a big body, tall, shot blocker and great rebounder..

gwrighter
08-31-2010, 10:00 PM
Just wanted to see what you guys thought.

Im going to go with Power Forward due to how easily someone can be exploited by people with better skills at the same size.

Few players have made a career as a "defensive stopper" at the PF position. Which is why Rodman should be in the HOF

i think the toughest position is a SF. IMO a good SF has to be roughly

6'7"-6'8" weighing at least 220lbs.

factor in that this guy has to have the skills of a guard because he plays on the wing and you got one tough position.

comparing to a PF.

IMO PF's are an avg. of 6'10" and 240 lbs.

only 2 inches taller and 20 pounds heavier and they play on the block.(which is easier for a big guy.)

NYKalltheway
08-31-2010, 10:05 PM
what's with the poll?

gwrighter
08-31-2010, 10:06 PM
Center pos. you need to have a big body, tall, shot blocker and great rebounder..

i don't think thats what makes it hard to be a C. its being coordinated enough to play well...that makes good C's more rare but not necessarily a tougher position to play. I would argue that being a C is becoming easier as the offensive C's are being relied on less and less to score...that onus is falling upon the PF's of today.

Hawkeye15
08-31-2010, 10:09 PM
I closed the poll, it has nothing to do with this. The thread will stay open however, at this point

NBA-GMaster
08-31-2010, 10:13 PM
Centers got a hard time defending because of 3 sec violation..

NBA-GMaster
08-31-2010, 10:18 PM
Small forward is just a tall SG or a thinner version of a PF..

gwrighter
08-31-2010, 10:19 PM
Centers got a hard time defending because of 3 sec violation..

but the same can be said for the offensive player committing a 3 in the key.

NBA-GMaster
08-31-2010, 10:21 PM
but the same can be said for the offensive player committing a 3 in the key.
yup!! mostly the centers..

kArSoN RyDaH
08-31-2010, 10:22 PM
id say in todays day and age the hardest position to play is guard because of the competition. so many players want to play this position and the nba is full of guards (mainly good PGs). so to me that would be the toughest to play in the nba.

gwrighter
08-31-2010, 10:24 PM
Small forward is just a tall SG or a thinner version of a PF..

almost no PF's can hit 3's. something that a SF must possess to be effective. the combination of shooting, dribbling, wing defense, rebounding and play making push SF over the edge.If a C can and for the most part only, Defend, Rebound and alter shots then he can be said to be a top 10 C. AKA perkins.

gwrighter
08-31-2010, 10:25 PM
yup!! mostly the centers..

lol dude everyone has to play by that rule.

NBA-GMaster
08-31-2010, 10:32 PM
almost no PF's can hit 3's. something that a SF must possess to be effective. the combination of shooting, dribbling, wing defense, rebounding and play making push SF over the edge.If a C can and for the most part only, Defend, Rebound and alter shots then he can be said to be a top 10 C. AKA perkins.

but he's not the tallest player on their team.. We're not talking about the NBA, we're just talking about the toughest position in Basketball..

gwrighter
08-31-2010, 10:37 PM
but he's not the tallest player on their team.. We're not talking about the NBA, we're just talking about the toughest position in Basketball..

in that case i would say C is the easiest position to play. hence why so many C's are below avg. skill wise in the nba/college....because they can coast on their height before they reach an elite lvl. only a small %age of C's receive the proper training before they play any major BBALL.

NBA-GMaster
08-31-2010, 10:38 PM
lol dude everyone has to play by that rule.

and centers always got that violation.. centers' duty is to guard the post area and score at the post area that's why they're having a hard time playing at the post because of the 3 sec.. Id played all the positions in basketball and I hate playing center and also PG ..

mynameismo
08-31-2010, 10:41 PM
Point Guard.. You have to be good fundamentally in all aspects. Plus there are a lot of good PGs already everywhere.. Pro, amateur and even street games.

If you're a Big, you may not be good fundamentally but if you work hard and hustle.. You'll get minutes somewhere because of you're a big body.

gwrighter
08-31-2010, 10:45 PM
and centers always got that violation.. centers' duty is to guard the post area and score at the post area that's why they're having a hard time playing at the post because of the 3 sec.. Id played all the positions in basketball and I hate playing center and also PG ..

its part of the rules.... its like saying its hard to beat a press because you can't step out of bounds....there is always a counter to the 3 second violation. you develop a lil jumper and stay outside the key. everyone has to play help defense and be in the key sometime. that alone does not make the C position hard to play.

NBA-GMaster
08-31-2010, 10:46 PM
Point Guard.. You have to be good fundamentally in all aspects. Plus there are a lot of good PGs already everywhere.. Pro, amateur and even street games.

If you're a Big, you may not be good fundamentally but if you work hard and hustle.. You'll get minutes somewhere because of you're a big body.

I agree with PG's too.. carrying the ball all the time and making plays for your team..

gwrighter
08-31-2010, 10:49 PM
and centers always got that violation.. centers' duty is to guard the post area and score at the post area that's why they're having a hard time playing at the post because of the 3 sec.. Id played all the positions in basketball and I hate playing center and also PG ..

its part of the rules.... its like saying its hard to beat a press because you can't step out of bounds....there is always a counter to the 3 second violation. you develop a lil jumper and stay outside the key. everyone has to play help defense and be in the key sometime. that alone does not make the C position hard to play.

Bishnoff
08-31-2010, 10:49 PM
The Center position is the hardest and most demanding position in basketball. Centers are expected to be defensive anchors while being the most efficient offensive player on a team. Playing Center means you'll have little chance to be the greatest ever when you’re competing against the accolades of Russell, Chamberlain, Jabbar, and O'Neal. Centers take a pounding and are officiated unfairly at times. Young Centers take time to develop as well.

Wings are the hardest players to predict in the Draft.

This.

xILLN355
08-31-2010, 10:50 PM
Center IMO

NBA-GMaster
08-31-2010, 10:56 PM
its part of the rules.... its like saying its hard to beat a press because you can't step out of bounds....there is always a counter to the 3 second violation. you develop a lil jumper and stay outside the key. everyone has to play help defense and be in the key sometime. that alone does not make the C position hard to play.

and that rule makes the center uneasy to play.. Its seems easy what it looks but its hard to play with strength vs strength.. In terms of training, ill choose point guards.. but on the court, center pos..

Tony_Starks
08-31-2010, 10:58 PM
The Center position is the hardest and most demanding position in basketball. Centers are expected to be defensive anchors while being the most efficient offensive player on a team. Playing Center means you'll have little chance to be the greatest ever when you’re competing against the accolades of Russell, Chamberlain, Jabbar, and O'Neal. Centers take a pounding and are officiated unfairly at times. Young Centers take time to develop as well.

Wings are the hardest players to predict in the Draft.


Nah I say Center is the easiest position to play by FAR. You can literally carve out an entire career just by being big and not-so-clumsy. Like they say "you can't teach height." Defense and rebounding are almost looked at like a bonus from Centers these days. And legit post moves aren't even pre-requisites anymore. Look at how long bums like the Collins brothers have been able to stay in the league with career avgs of like 6pts
5boards.

PG is the hardest, has the most pressure offesively and defensively, not to mention the most responsibility.

cmellofan15
08-31-2010, 10:59 PM
missionary.

Shahrose
08-31-2010, 11:01 PM
Small forward is just a tall SG or a thinner version of a PF..

lol im sure theres waaaaay more to it than that

gwrighter
08-31-2010, 11:03 PM
and that rule makes the center uneasy to play.. Its seems easy what it looks but its hard to play with strength vs strength.. In terms of training, ill choose point guards.. but on the court, center pos..

have you ever played on a basketball team where some guy made the team and you were like how the hell did this guy make the team? but he was 6'8" for example. because he was tall. playing the C is easy. being a good C is hard. less is expected of a C therefore you can have an unskilled C and win just fine.

Duke: Brian Zoubek.

DeShaun Brown
08-31-2010, 11:08 PM
The pg position is the equivalent to playing qb in football. They're overall responsible for running the offense and getting everyone involved.

mynameismo
08-31-2010, 11:12 PM
In terms of Toughness - literally.. of coarse the Center spot since they're main responsibility is defend the paint and grab rebounds which requires toughness to force opponents away from the paint.

But Toughness as in - Hard, or Difficult to play.. Point Guard.

On Defense, you chase face players around and you're expected to be the first guy down on Defense to stop a fast break.

On Offense, running it is your full responsibility. Like I said earlier.. you have to be fundamentally good in all aspects. Dribbling, Passing, Court Vision.. you're expected to nail the open Js, 3s, and free throws. Also, when other positions commit turnovers.. it's no big deal. But when PGs does it.. You get benched.

samevans7
08-31-2010, 11:16 PM
PG

and i dont care what others say, but the top 3 players in the NBA do not include LeBron, or Kobe, or Durant. They are mike james, brian scalabrine, and smush parker.

NBA-GMaster
08-31-2010, 11:22 PM
have you ever played on a basketball team where some guy made the team and you were like how the hell did this guy make the team? but he was 6'8" for example. because he was tall. playing the C is easy. being a good C is hard. less is expected of a C therefore you can have an unskilled C and win just fine.

Duke: Brian Zoubek.

Maybe because im not gifted enough to be taller than 6'2.. I always carry the ball and love to rebound the ball.. and dont like to guard behemoth players especially at the post.. dont like to be blame when the oppopnents scored a dunk or a layup..

"Its very hard to find a decent centers especially in NBA"

td0tsfinest
08-31-2010, 11:27 PM
Tough? Well, I got to go with PF or C. You're down in the paint with two others guys, who are possibly bigger than you are, fighting for position and the ball. It gets crazy down there, reason why it often called the trenches. Its a grueling and exhausting job to constantly battle someone on both sides of the court.

JARVIS123
08-31-2010, 11:29 PM
Small forward.because at the 3 you have to be able hit the open 3,rebound 4/5 per game defend,cause 9 times out of ten you are going to have to play the other team super star.