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    The game slows down in the playoffs. You are at tremendous advantage as a team if you have a legit C, who you could throw a ball to at half court play and this is particularly true when it matters the most.

    "O'DONNELL: Underrated factor in this pick: With Masai Ujiri on-board (and maybe even the recent influx of talent out of Canada), Valanciunas should have some awesome teammates around him. "
    music to my ears!
    You need a player who can score in the low post, but that doesn't have to be a center. A power forward like David West or a SF with a good post up game could work just as well. Look at what Dallas did with Dirk set up at the elbow. He "posted up" in the high post and they ran their entire offence through him to a Championship.

    Plus in the playoffs, shooting %s decrease, so having an athletic big who can grab some offensive boards and give you those extra possessions is a huge bonus.
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    Quote Axel wrote: View Post
    You need a player who can score in the low post, but that doesn't have to be a center. A power forward like David West or a SF with a good post up game could work just as well. Look at what Dallas did with Dirk set up at the elbow. He "posted up" in the high post and they ran their entire offence through him to a Championship.

    Plus in the playoffs, shooting %s decrease, so having an athletic big who can grab some offensive boards and give you those extra possessions is a huge bonus.
    Having an athletic big doesn't preclude the value of having a quality true C. It was not David West that gave Miami problems in the playoffs. It was Hibbert protecting the rim. Whenever Indiana pulled Hibbert to get someone more capable of covering Bosh on the outside, LeBron and Wade carved them up.

    Also interesting that you used David West as an example of grabbing offensive rebounds. Per36, West grabbed 2.1 ORBs last year. In his rookie year, Jonas grabbed 2.9

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    Quote p00ka wrote: View Post
    Having an athletic big doesn't preclude the value of having a quality true C. It was not David West that gave Miami problems in the playoffs. It was Hibbert protecting the rim. Whenever Indiana pulled Hibbert to get someone more capable of covering Bosh on the outside, LeBron and Wade carved them up.

    Also interesting that you used David West as an example of grabbing offensive rebounds. Per36, West grabbed 2.1 ORBs last year. In his rookie year, Jonas grabbed 2.9
    You completely misunderstood my posting.

    Vino said you need a legit C to throw the ball into during the playoffs, as opposed to a Kenneth Farried type big, which I had previously posted as the new proto-type in the evolving NBA center position. My point was that, for the playoffs, you don't need a traditional center to throw the ball into, but rather a post scorer (ie David West on the low block or a high post guy like Dirk) that commands the double team.

    The offensive rebounding would come from the Kenneth Farried type athletic center playing next to the scorer (David West for this example).
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    Quote Axel wrote: View Post
    You completely misunderstood my posting.

    Vino said you need a legit C to throw the ball into during the playoffs, as opposed to a Kenneth Farried type big, which I had previously posted as the new proto-type in the evolving NBA center position. My point was that, for the playoffs, you don't need a traditional center to throw the ball into, but rather a post scorer (ie David West on the low block or a high post guy like Dirk) that commands the double team.

    The offensive rebounding would come from the Kenneth Farried type athletic center playing next to the scorer (David West for this example).
    Okay.

    PS. I'll take a Jonas and a West vs a Farried and a West any day.

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    Quote p00ka wrote: View Post
    It was not David West that gave Miami problems in the playoffs. It was Hibbert protecting the rim. Whenever Indiana pulled Hibbert to get someone more capable of covering Bosh on the outside, LeBron and Wade carved them up.
    I'm not saying that West was more valuable then Hibbert in that series, but I was REALLY impressed by him. He did a great job on both ends of the floor. If you believe it's not just how