JoseRizal wrote:Nah! Hakeem has always been an Center. Even when the Rockets had 7-4 All-Star, Ralph Sampson, they still drafted Olajuwon in '84 to form their twin towers. Ralph was PF, the Dream as Center.
You haven't addressed my actual point. If Tim Duncan is a Power Forward, then why are we calling Hakeem a Center when he did more things that a Power Forward is supposed to do better? Here, I'll list them as bullet points instead, if it'll help you consider them.
- Hakeem took more shots from 10-16 feet, whil Duncan played more in the 0-3 feet and 3-10 feet ranges.
- Hakeem was a better shooter.
- Hakeem was a better defender on the perimeter.
- Hakeem had a better face-up game.
- Hakeem was better in the high-post too.
JoseRizal wrote:On the other hand, when David Robinson got injured, the Spurs were able to get the first pick in the '97 draft and took Tim Duncan. D-Rob played Center, while Timmy suited up as PF, to form their own version of the Twin Towers.
As Duncan aged, he slowly shifted to C. But majority of his playing years were played at the 4. Hence, widely regarded as the best in that position.
Agreed, he suited up as a PF to start... but the rest of this is just not true, i.e., saying, "As Duncan aged, he slowly shifted to C. But majority of his playing years were played at the 4"
. David Robinson retired at the end of 2002-03. Duncan was 27 years old to start the 2003-04 season.
Another poster (thanks, Baddy Chuck) uploaded two images that shows the percentage of minutes of Duncan's career at different positions. As you can see, he only played 36% at PF vs 63% at Center over his whole career during the regular season.
The difference is even bigger during the playoffs, 29% at PF vs 71% at Center. Only the first 3 years of his career were primarily at PF. In 2001-02, he played mostly at Center. Then 2002-03, 2003-04, 2004-05 was about 50-50. Then 2005-06 and onward, he almost exclusively played at Center.