Originally posted by j9479it is of my opinion that in the west moreso that a giant at center is way more integral than a skilled guard.
With the exception of the Jordan-Bulls (and maybe the Bad Bays-Pistons, though James Donaldson was pretty good and Laimbeer was a good defensive center), that's the way it has ALWAYS been. The championship teams of the 80s had Robert Parish, Kareem, and Moses in the middle. It's no surprise that the Hawks with just Dominique never got to the finals with Tree Rollins at center.
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Assuming all 14 guys are playing at their best (as opposed to Brand being injured and Kobe's head clearly not in basketball right now), Cali wins that one going away. In head-to-head matchups, I give: O'Neal over Yao (C) Duncan over Brand (T)