The NBA a few years ago underwent a major change to the format getting rid of the center position altogether from voting ballot. This has also changed the perception of the position in the league. In light of that, Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid had much to say about the situation.
“You’ve got KAT (Karl-Anthony Towns), you’ve got Myles Turner, you’ve got Kristaps (Porzingis), so a lot of young guys, a lot of dominant big men, Andre Drummond. I’m hoping they bring back the center position for All-Star,” Embiid said after the Sixers grabbed their fourth win of the season against the Miami Heat on Monday, according to CSN Philly’s Jessica Camerato. “Around the league, there’s a lot of young big men and I think we’re starting a comeback.”
There are a lot of promising big men in the league such as Towns, Turner, and Drummond. At the same time, there are also many productive established big men such as DeMarcus Cousins, Marc Gasol, and Dwight Howard. Although there may be a few back-to-basket centers in the league, the position is far from being irrelevant.
Embiid is certainly showing that in his first full season averaging 18.4 points on 49.2 percent shooting from the field along with 7.3 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game in just 22.2 minutes per game. He has been a revelation for the 76ers has given a bright future to the franchise. Although the league has shifted more toward using small-ball lineups and an emphasis on 3-point shooting, players such as Embiid and Towns could help bring the position back to prominence.