In recent times, Small Ball has taken over the NBA and three point shooting has changed the game in major ways.
Guys like Stephen Curry and Trae Young are definitely on the smallish side but they have insane range. That and some rules changes have allowed the little man to emerge as a dominant force in the league.
That works and makes sense in a. time like today when there aren’t really any great big men in the game. There just aren’t. There are some good ones but great ones? There is no Russell, no Chamberlain, no Kareem, no Shaquille, no Robinson, no Duncan.
There was a time though when having big men was much more common and having a pair of big men was potentially revolutionary. Consider the Houston Rockets in the 1980s when the Rockets picked up Ralph Sampson and Hakeem Olajuwon in consecutive drafts.
Both guys were insane talents. Olajuwon likely remains the quickest big man of all time and at 7-4, Sampson was a phenomenal talent. He mused about playing point guard and he was probably quick enough to do it.
As we said, today the league is all about Small Ball. When the next great big man shows up, we’ll learn the great truth of basketball all over: it’s a big man’s game.