Overview: Once considered the best defensive post player in the League, despite his stature. Regularly won matchups with taller opponents due to his ridiculous combination of strength and athleticism. Would outwork everyone, but hasnt translated much of his physical talent onto the offensive end. He seems to have aged quickly over the past few seasons, and his rebounding and shot-blocking numbers have dropped dramatically. An unheralded collegiate at Virginia Union after spending two years at Cuyahoga CC. Undrafted, and needed some time to become the player he is now. Became a force with the Pistons in 2000. Four time NBA All-Star and Defensive Player of the Year. Won an NBA Championship in 2004. Has had issues with his coaches, he brings a great mentality game in and game out.
Offense: Will never be known for his offense. Calls for plenty of touches on the low block, and while he doesnt have the moves or touch to be a consistent finisher, he still gets enough elevation to knock in a hook every now and again. The vast majority of his quality possessions come off of cuts and offensive rebounds, where he simply dunks everything he can. Unfortunately, his struggles at the free throw line (where he is one of the worst in the league) make him a target for fouls down low, which hurts his production on the whole. Jumper is extremely inconsistent, and simply isnt an asset. Ability to get his team second shot opportunities used to negate his lack of skills for the most part. Doesnt always seem to know his limitations.
Defense: Lack of offensive skills has always been overshadowed by unparalleled defensive ability. Has the upper body strength to deny almost anyone vying for position on the block. Contests every shot he can. Very good at positioning himself to guard drop steps and up and under moves in the paint. Great timing and anticipation when blocking shots from the weak side. Good enough foot speed to hedge pick and rolls effectively and guard small players when forced to switch. Always boxes out. Has the length and leaping ability to rebound almost every miss. Grabs rebounds outside of his area with regularity. Never takes possessions off, which makes him a nightmare to have to score on. His age seems to have caught up with him lately, though, making him less and less of a factor these days. Its unclear just how much left he has in the tank.