Overview: An agile and extremely aggressive 7-footer with excellent athleticism Incredibly fluid and coordinated for a player his size, able to run the floor and play like a guard at times, but still defend and rebound like a 7-footer. An 11-time allstar. For years now considered one of the best players in the NBA. A sure-fire first ballot Hall of Famer. Revolutionized the NBA Draft by starting the trend of entering straight out of high school in 1996, and then revolutionized the way people think about the power forward position with the way he played the high post. One of the most unique players of this generation, always applauded for his versatility, intensity, durability, attitude and commitment to team play. Has been criticized at times for being too unselfish. Finally got the NBA Championship ring he coveted in 2008.
Offense: A prototypical modern day power forward. Able to create his own shot with ease from the high post with great jab-steps and nifty ball-handling skills, and even handle the ball and ignite the offense in the open floor. Has an outstanding pull-up jumper, but tends to settle for it at times, particularly when driving left. Terrific touch on his mid-range jumper, complete with a high release point that makes it impossible to block. Has streaky range all the way out the NBA 3-point line. Also a terrific presence in the post. Has an outstanding right-handed jump-hook shot. Slithers his shot off thanks to quickness and terrific feel. Too quick, tall and fluid for most power forwards to handle. Very explosive off feet. One of the best finishers in the NBA. A fantastic passer as wellmakes lightning quick decisions with ball in hands and has terrific court vision while seeing the entire floor. Particularly notable for his post-entry passing. Basketball IQ is generally extremely high.
Defense: Arguably the best defensive big man in the NBA. Possesses amazing physical tools to get the job done, and combines that with unrivaled intensity. Size and length gives him an incredible advantage contesting shots inside the post and on the perimeter, and agility and quickness allow him to maneuver around the floor with ease. Hedges screens and recovers effectively thanks to his excellent footwork. Takes an incredible amount of pride in shutting his matchup down, and is a huge presence as a team defender as well. Infectious energy makes it impossible for teammates not to compete just as hard alongside him. Sometimes lets his emotions get the best of him.