70sFan wrote:Robinson was taller, faster, quicker, more coordinated and more nimble.
Dwight was heavier, stronger and had higher vertical leap.
I'd give Admiral edge because of how fast and quick he was at his height. He simply had more functional athleticism in basketball sense than Dwight. Both are among the most athletic players ever.
Also, I've seen many exaggarations in this thread.
Robinson was strong (especially with upper body), but he was also quite lean and he weighed around 240 lbs in his prime. He wasn't a gigantic bruiser some people believe, his game was built around quickness and explosiveness. It's true that it's impossible to measure strength on basketball court, but I don't think it's unreasonable to call Dwight stronger.
Dwight was powerfully built, but calling him 300 lbs at his peak is way off. To my knowledge, he never went past 280 lbs. Keep in mind that he was only 6'9 without the shoes, so he's not even close to the tallest centers in the league. His prime weight was usually described as 270 lbs and I think it's fair - he started hos career at 240 lbs and 30 lbs of muscle is a lot. People don't realize that 270 lbs for a 6'9 basketball player is a huge frame, especially for someone like Dwight who has small lower body.
Great analysis. I think people here are very bad judges of size, height, weight, length, etc. I know it's a small gripe, but it's one of the things I'm always intrigued by. I assume you are as well, and are very well educated on the topic, comparing past players, and trying to get a good read on guys height/weight and such by using anecdotes mixed with actual measurements, etc.
Dwight is thicker IMO, but both had overrated basketball strength because they look so beefy from those big deltoids lol. Both were lacking in terms of lower body bulk and static strength there that would allow guys to post up more successfully.
I think there is just a lot of size/height here. Dwight looks like a big, muscular guy. Robinson looks like a true giant. I don't think he was 280+, but he's definitely more than the 240-250 that guys like Davis, Giannis, Durant etc are. He's both a thicker, more muscular guy, but he's just so tall and huge as well. I bet in his prime he was lighter than he appears, because he has a small(relative) lower body and he's like super low body fat for a guy with all that musculature, but I can't see him weighing less than KG and Duncan in their older days, who both were over 245.
This is a big big man, I know this isn't his prime, but his dimensions are just so big.