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The Highest Peaks Reached by NBA Power Forwards in the Modern Era

Power forwards didn’t always have to space the floor. Believe it or not, back-to-the-basket moves once reigned supreme. Just over a decade ago, while Dirk Nowitzki was coming into his own, beasts such as Elton Brand and a young Kevin Garnett ruled the hardwood. Before that, Karl Malone and Shawn Kemp claimed positional supremacy. Earlier …

NBA Meta: The Evolution of The 4

The 1990s and 2000s were riddled with dominant power forwards. Karl Malone, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett represented the archetypal 4: a dominant big who could score in myriad ways and stall an offense with his impeccable defense. However, another future Hall of Famer broke from this strain. Dirk Nowitzki, though not the first jump-shooting …

The NBA’s Best Passing Big Men from 2017 Free Agency

Try talking to a friend who hasn’t watched the NBA in the past five years about how the game has changed. Seemingly any discussion points must start and stop with the ever-changing role of centers and big men in the league. Dwight Howard was a former superstar on both sides of the ball; now he’s …