The NBA has become very dependent on guards in recent years with the 3-pointer playing such a key role in offenses. Big men have almost become forgotten, but they have learned to adapt to the new way of playing and seem to be rising up again.
The league is already full of talented big men that could one day even put an MVP campaign together. There were five big men named to an All-Star team this year that are 25 or younger (Anthony Davis, Joel Embiid, Karl-Anthony Towns, Kristaps Porzingis, and Andre Drummond). Not only that, but Davis and Embiid both received votes for MVP this past season. They have some elite company joining them this season, so they’ll have more challengers for the title of best big man.
The New Wave
The 2018 draft was loaded with talent, and could be one for the ages. That makes it even more impressive that five of the first seven players taken were big men (Deandre Ayton, Marvin Baglel III, Jaren Jackson Jr., Mo Bamba, and Wendell Carter). These young guys have high expectations from their teams, and also their fans. If they develop how most expect them to, the big men of the league will be fun to watch for the coming years.