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What Kind Of Center Would You Want? Defender, Scorer, Or Rebounder?

Since nothing major came out of the trade deadline except for the loss of one center, the pickings will be slim. All the Celtics have at their disposal are free agents, D-Leaguers, and players from different basketball associations around the world (whose seasons have ended). The point is, the pickings are slim, and the chances of getting a center that can score, rebound, and defend are slim as well, so I thought I would propose the question.

I thought it was an interesting question to think about. All you've got to do is select one type of center. The only thing is, the type you pick, can't do any of the other 2 things. For example, if you choose "scorer", then your center can't rebound, or defend. If you choose "defender" then your center can't score or rebound.

Let's assume these centers are 7'1, and will be in the starting lineup alongside Garnett.

Defender: If you choose this center, then you choose a center that pretty much shuts down the opposition. Opposing centers would not be able to score on this guy. Opposing guards would be too frightened to even attempt a thought about venturing in the paint. Despite being a serious defensive anchor, this center cannot score. He can't have the ball thrown to him in the low post, because he can't do anything with it. This center also doesn't know what "boxing out" means so asking for rebounds out of this guy is asking too much.

Scorer: If you choose this center, then you choose a center that can light it up in a hurry. He can take over a game with his scoring, and draw double or even triple teams depending on how hot he is. The scorer however, is the opposite of the defender. He is only truly useful on one side of the court. Opposing centers and guards abuse this center in the paint, and of course this center gets no rebounds.

Rebounder: If you choose this center, then you choose a bloodhound. Once the ball goes up, you can expect to see his hands in the air first. He'll sky into the rafters for a rebound if he has to. This goes for both sides of the court. Offensive or defensive, this center can box out anything on a basketball court, however you can't ask him to score or defend. They call him the janitor because he cleans up any offensive, or defensive mess on the court.

(In this case, I'm not allowing rebounds and defense to be in the same category although it arguably is. Let's allow it for the sake of conversation).

Which center would you take? Since you're pairing him next to Garnett, which type of center do you feel would compliment his game? If you feel that all centers would be good next to Garnett, give the order in which you take him (i.e: Scorer-Rebounder-Defender).

Be respectful and keep it clean. Thanks.

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