OT: Offensive vs. Defensive Centers

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#1 May 16, 2018 10:13am
ClipperSisyphus
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OT: Offensive vs. Defensive Centers

The analysts are saying DeAndre Ayton is a good offensive center but his defense needs work. When I look for comps I see Brook Lopez and Jahlil Okafor. Neither of those guys are team changers and Okafor may be out of the league soon.

Should a team use a high draft pick for an offensive center or focus on versatile wings and guards who can shoot and wait for a defensive center in the second round? Guys like DJ, Gobert and Capela were drafted later. When it is time for their veteran contract, I don't think any of these guys are worth a max, or 35% of the salary cap.

May 16, 2018 10:24am
mannycoon
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Centers need to defend. If they can do both like Davis and Embiid great. If they are like Towns and they are really good offenisve players who can score inside and out at least have the tools to become good defender, that is worth it as well, buys like Lopez, Okafor, Kanter, Valanciunas not so much anymore.
May 16, 2018 12:18pm
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Guards who can't defend can make up for it with dynamic offense, but any Center that can't defend is a liability. They can play on 2nd units, but that's about it. That's why I'm not big on a guy like Bagley. He's a PF, but not a good shooter or defender. He'll be able to score, but how high can you take a guy that a winning team can't play more than 25 min? I'd much rather have a Jaren Jackson type player who does not have the full offensive game, but can defend really well and shoot 3's.

May 17, 2018 12:10am
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Ayton has a little Olowokandi in his game.  Dude is going to get dunked on a lot.