Negrodamus wrote: VDT wrote:
That has been the case forever. This flopping era has changed the way basketball can be played. That's why massive non-shooting centers don't thrive any more.
Additionally, Shaq would have to defend out to the perimeter in this era which would hurt him massively on defense.
Yes. My point is that they will always bent the rules to make the game more marketable. If you have a guy like Shaq you are not going to foul him out. Giannis commits a lot of offensive fouls too but most are not called.
Defensively he would probably have more issues but i am not sure how critical this would be. In his prime he was still more mobile than a lot of today's starting centers. Embiid doesnt bother to defend out to the 3 point line either most of the times now.
I suppose it's the chicken or the egg situation then. Embiid contests that he prefers to be in the post but we see him more often than not getting the ball in face up situations. However, when he does plop himself in the post and plays bullyball, he frequently gets burned by offensive fouls. I don't have any revealing stats to enforce this point, just observations from watching all last season.
I think it's different when a player like Giannis gets called for an offensive foul due to charging down the lane with a head full of steam. DeMarcus spent around 4-5 years near the top, or at the top, of the leaderboard in offensive fouls. It doesn't seem like they adjusted the game to fit his bullyball style.
Well DeMarcus is not someone they would try to promote, he is also not a very cerebral player and doesnt play very smart a lot of the times.
Regarding the offensive fouls i think the only ones that they call consistently are when someone drives on a standstill player and when someone pushes to get the offensive rebound. Anything else is only called very rarely and only when it is something egregious like an elbow to the face.
I havent checked but i would guess most of Embiid's fouls belong in one of these two categories. Otherwise he is allowed plenty of contact offensively and defensively he just needs to learn to get deeper position before he gets the ball.
I think Embiid prefers to face up because he is not confident with his hook shot yet. It is probably his biggest weakness offensively and will open up his game a lot if he does get get a reliable hook shot and will be easier for him to score against centers like Gasol that give him trouble. Olajuwon's footwork was working because he had a reliable hook shot and a reliable fadeaway, without these two threats it would be pointless.