Wednesday, November 7, 2012

INSIDE KNOWLEDGE: Rasheed Wallace's Take on the Role of Today's NBA Big Men

Rasheed Wallace | 6' 11" 255 lbs | PF | North Carolina

Although he is widely-known for his penchant for technical fouls, Rasheed Wallace is One of the Most Dynamic Big Men in NBA History — known for his signature headband & grey hair-patch on the back of his head, "Sheed" is also "infamous" for his championship pedigree & leadership qualities.

But before we get the veteran's assessment on the ever-changing role of today's NBA big men, let's take a quick trip down memory lane on his career accomplishments:
  • 1993 McDonald's All-American
  • 1994-95 NCAA All-American Honors w/ North Carolina Tarheels (declared for early-entry into the NBA after his sophomore season)
  • 1995 NBA Draft's 4th Overall Pick by the Washington Bullets
  • 2000 NBA All-Star (Portland Trailblazers)
  • 2001 NBA All-Star (Portland Trailblazers)
  • 2002 Career-best 19.4 points per game (Portland Trailblazers)
  • 2004 NBA Championship (Detroit Pistons)
  • 2006 NBA All-Star (Detroit Pistons)
  • 2008 NBA All-Star (Detroit Pistons)
*NBA's All-time leader w/ 304 technical fouls (w/ record 41 techs in the 2000-2001 season)

Rasheed Wallace is a 4x NBA All-Star & 14 straight NBA Playoff appearances

During his post-game interview in a lop-sided Knicks victory over the 76ers on 11/5/12, the former-Bad Boy provided an insightful look in the evolving role of the modern NBA big men:

“There’s no more posting up in this league,” Wallace said. “Sitting at home watching these last two years you have guys who originally are small forwards you have them playing power forward and centers now....there's no more posting-up in the league."

"That’s one thing Woody and I were talking about before, when I was thinking about coming up, ‘Hey, beat them up on the post.’ Not a lot of teams post unless it’s a true seven-footer — the (Andrew) Bynums, the Roy Hibberts, the Gasols. It’s a true 7-footer, then yeah, they’ll post up but there's no post-up game....there were real power forwards back then.

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