The vital centers

5-on-5 roundtable: Which big man is the mightiest in the middle? Our experts weigh in

Originally Published: July 29, 2011
ESPN.com and the TrueHoop Network

Pity the big man. Many assume that sprouting to a 7-foot height alone should guarantee a career as an NBA journeyman at the very least.

Well, being tall isn't the half of it. Coordination, strength, dexterity, judgment, experience, work ethic and quality coaching are pretty important prerequisites to becoming even an average NBA center. And don't forget having the good fortune of having teammates talented enough to prevent opponents from sending three players to cover the standout ...

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