Originally Posted by jeffb
JV won't be a franchise player, at least i hope not. How many teams win a championship with the star being a Center? This day in age you need athletic dynamic play from the 1-2-3 spots, especially the 2-3 spots.
The past decade or so there have been many more talented swingmen than centers, but I think that having a superstar/franchise player at any position can lead to a championship. Guys like Shaq, Patrick Ewing, Hakeem Olajuwon, and David Robinson carried their teams not so long ago. They had great overall teams, but it was really the play of the big men that got them to win. I think Shaq in Miami was instrumental to them winning the championship, as he was in LA; the Spurs won because of Robinson/Duncan; the Mavs last year were carried by Dirk - not a center, but he was the best big man in the playoffs. Even a guy like Dwight, who has almost no offensive game besides putbacks and dunks, was able to get his team to the finals.