With the NBA only having a few good centers it comes as no surprise that an announcement made today stated that the position will no longer be included on the All-Star ballot. The move makes perfect sense because most teams do not emphasize getting the ball into the low-post to start the offense.
There’s only a handful of centers that even deserve being on the ballot and those are: Dwight Howard, Andrew Bynum, Andrew Bogut, Marcin Gortat, Roy Hibbert and Marc Gasol. Yet, only Howard and Bynum deserve any votes.
It allows for players who would got snubbed in previous years to make the All-Star roster and now it doesn’t matter what theposition is. Why should a center averaging 15 points and 10 rebounds make the team while a power forward averaging 20 plus points and 12 rebounds doesn’t?
Another reason the move was necessary is that power forwards are now playing center as teams without size will often use a smaller more athletic lineup. It’s also why a number of players, such as LaMarcus Aldridge, David Lee, DeMarcus Cousins and Tim Duncan, get shown as a power forward/center.
The biggest reason for the fall off in production has been the one-and-done rule and since 2006 when it took effect these are first round picks that left school after either their freshman or sophomore seasons that have failed to make an immediate impact; Patrick O’Bryant, Greg Oden, Spencer Hawes, Robin Lopez, Kosta Koufos and Byron Mullens.
In order for the trend to reverse itself big men should get the chance to develop their game in college and wait until after their junior year to declare for the NBA draft.
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