The modern NBA is faster than ever and for the first time in the history of the NBA, big men no longer dominate the game and instead the NBA is a point guard and shooting guard driven league.
We are quite far removed from the days of Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Karl Malone, David Robsinon, and Shaquille O'Neil. The time when teams would facilitate their offense by feeding their big man in the paint 20 times a night is over. Instead, the NBA offense is now predicated around an outside- inside approach. Having great shooters around the perimeter, and running a three point shot heavy offense, NBA offenses now rely on deep shot making to spread out opposing team's defenses which in turn creates open cutting and driving lanes for players to finish around the basket.
So what has happened to all of the talented big men? Are they all gone? Of course not. Big men like Dallas Mavericks' forward Dirk Nowitzki and the San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan are still around and are still capable of scoring in large numbers, but even Dirk is more perimeter focused and relies on his deadly three point shooting as well as his patented one leg fade away for the majority of his scoring.
The days of the inside scoring big man do indeed seem behind us, and outside of the Sacramento Kings' DeMarcus Cousins, there doesn't seem to be any hope for the power forward/center position moving forward.
In order to fully appreciate how awful the interior play in the NBA has gotten, we must take a look at some of the NBA's biggest offenders.
Here are the NBA’s Top 15 Big Men with No Post Moves. (In order of players with the least amount of post skills.)
15 15. Channing Frye
Frye is a NBA journeyman that has played for 5 different teams including the New York Knicks, Portland Trail Blazers, Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic, and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Fyre had a few great years in Phoenix where he teamed up with point guard legend Steve Nash to score countless 3 pointers in pick and pop situations. As a career 38.8%, 3-point shooter playing the power forward position-Frye has managed a long career with absolutely no inside game.
14 14. Ersan İlyasova
13 13. Omer Asik
Omer Asik is a seven foot giant. Unlike others on this list who rely on their perimeter shooting, Asik can't shoot from the outside AND he can't shoot near the basket. He has no post game whatever.
12 12. Josh Smith
Josh Smith would like to pretend that he is a small forward, but he is instead a power forward that prefers to jack up three pointers that miss more than they make.
11 11. Kenneth Faried
They don't call Faried the "Manimal" for nothing. Faried is a animal on the boards. He has spent his entire NBA career being a fierce presence for the Denver Nuggets-unfortunately Faried's energy outweighs his talent.
If Faried isn't tip dunking or catching an alley-oop from his teammates, he is most likely not involved on offense. Faried has been in the NBA five seasons and still has yet to add a single offense post move to his repertoire. Faried is still young, but it doesn't look like he plans to add that sky hook anytime soon.
10 10. Matt Bonner
9 9. Ian Mahinmi
Ian Mahinmi is a 6-foot-11 center from France. He has played for the San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks, and Indiana Pacers.
8 8. DeAndre Jordan
Jordan is arguably the best center on this list. He is a human highlight real and is also a phenomenal rebounder. Jordan currently averages 13 points, 14 rebounds, and 2.2 blocks- those are All NBA first team numbers, but those 13 points don't come the way you might expect.
7 7. Joakim Noah
6 6. Rudy Gobert
5 5. Andre Drummond
Drummond is helping the Detroit Pistons become one of the Eastern Conference's most scary young teams. Drummond does not have any interior skills and he can't shoot free throws well either, but what he can do, he does very well. Drummond averages almost 17 points and 16 rebounds a game. Rebounding numbers like that haven't been seen since Ben Wallace and Dennis Rodman.
4 4. Tyson Chandler
3 3. Ryan Anderson
Ryan Anderson is what the modern NBA requires from a power forward. The ability to rebound as well as stretch defenses with perimeter shooting. Anderson has attempted more than 350 three pointers this season and is shooting threes at 36%, which isn't bad for a volume shooter. Anderson's ability to shoot 3's has made him one of the hottest commodities in the NBA the past few seasons. Anderson does not dare enter the painted area on offense, but then again- why would you when you have Anthony Davis as a teammate to control the paint.
2 2. Dwight Howard
1 1. Roy Hibbert
It wasn't long ago that NBA experts considered Hibbert the next superstar center in the NBA. Oh how the tables have turned for Mr. Hibbert. After leaving the Indiana Pacers and signing with the Los Angeles Lakers, Hibbert's career has taken a turn for the worse. The Laker big man is now averaging all career lows with 6 points and 5 rebounds a game in 23 minutes a game. It was disguised nicely when playing alongside David West and Paul George in Indiana, but now that Hibbert is on his own in L.A., it is clear that he has no business being a starting center with ZERO post game.
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