Modern basketball plunges the fan into a doubt that widens as time goes on. Will there be a time when there are no defined positions in basketball and everyone can play everything? The physical improvement of recent times has resulted in more and more complete players, capable of combining the speed and agility of an exterior with the muscles and power necessary to defend in the area. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Lebron James or Ben Simmons they are paradigmatic examples of a trend that forces pure centers to diversify their abilities and change their appearance.
It is increasingly difficult to find interior players who do not shoot very well at the basket, who do not have jumping capacity and can open the field and execute triples. Andre Drummond It can be the exception that confirms an indisputable rule: it is very important to find mobile, agile, fibrous and jumping centers. They are looking much more for a man capable of blocking, defending up to three positions from the opposite team and playing pick & roll and pick & pop with the same efficiency, than a lifelong center who knows how to play on his back on the low post, rebound with recurrence and generate spaces for your rivals from within.
The profound physical changes of Marc Gasol or Nikola Jokic they are the clear example of how the current NBA demands less weight and more agility, less power on the low post and more speed. Both have worked hard in recent months to be able to perpetuate themselves in the elite and offer those things that coaches are increasingly looking for. The emergence of Bol Bol gives a clear example of where the shots will go next in world basketball and is further proof of the need to do more and more to be able to be a major player in the NBA.
At 20 years old, Bol Bol debuted with the Denver Nuggets and showed off an impressive game that can make him a future league star.