Overview: A once dominant center who has shown truly inspiring perseverance time and time again. One of the hardest competitors in the history of the game. Overcame debilitating kidney problems to become one of the best backup centers in the game. Left his last game like a warrior, walking off the floor with the assistance of teammates after tearing his patellar tendon and refusing to be carried out on a stretcher. Was once one of the most mobile and athletic centers in the game. Put on quite a bit of weight as his career went on, and lost some of his athleticism, but never lost the mean streak that made him a great defender. Very fine back to the basket game. Could shoot it from the midrange as well. Dominated on both ends. Blocked shots with authority. Patrolled the paint for rebounds. Still capable defensively. Doesnt have the same offensive game he once did, but is still very efficient. Was one of the most decorated prep players of his generation. Won the Naismith Player of the Year Award in 1988. Translated his success in high school into a dominant collegiate career at Georgetown under John Thompson. Holds the NCAA record for most blocked shots in a career. Won every major award in the Big East Conference as a senior. Came into the League and dominated immediately. Won an NBA Championship with the Heat in 2006. Six time All-Star and two time defensive player of the year. The fact that Mourning came back after the 2006 season is a true testament to the type of competitor, player, and person that he is.
Offense: Gets more than half of his offense with his back to the basket in the post. Used to show some midrange game, but not anymore. Proves to be a tough guard one-on-one in the post. Likes to turn over his left shoulder. Shows a very impressive right handed hook shot. Can score some points in the paint. Will get position easily due to his size and strength and always appears to be in attack mode when he gets the ball. Truly a bully inside. Will force his way to the rim if he has to. Doesnt have the soft touch he used to, but still has good touch at the basket. Possesses a truly imposing will. Will dunk the ball with authority when he gets the chance. Sets great screens and always look for the ball when rolling to the basket. Great offensive rebounder. Will turn the ball over when he gets stuck under the rim, but is far from a liability. Once great, but still very good.
Defense: Used to be one of the best defenders in the game. Remains a very solid option, especially for a backup. Will block his fair share of shots and isnt afraid to challenge a known finisher. Brings that mentality on every possession. Rebounds at a very high rate. Fights for position on the block, and shows the strength required to force his man off the block consistently. Doesnt have the foot speed to consistently defend any other position than center. Used to be able to effectively cover both post positioned. Provides a tremendous defensive presence, even at this point.