NBA Free Agency 2012: Brook Lopez, Roy Hibbert Prove Big Men Still Rule NBA

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NBA Free Agency 2012: Brook Lopez, Roy Hibbert Prove Big Men Still Rule NBA
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Some things will never change about the NBA. While every team loves to have athletic guards and wing players that can do the spectacular and dominate the highlights, big men always have ruled, and always will rule, the NBA.

There's been more proof this offseason by the max contracts offered to the likes of Brook Lopez and Roy Hibbert, and the year-long saga involving Dwight Howard, which means that teams will forever be in search of the next great giant.

NBA teams have forever been enamored with size, and they will forever be as long as the opportunity to potentially land a big man in the mold of a David Robinson, Patrick Ewing or Hakeem Olajuwon exists.

Basketball is a big man's world, which explains why the likes of Lopez, a guy who has only averaged 17.4 points and 7.5 rebounds throughout his career, received a max deal from the Nets. Lopez is a solid NBA big, but certainly not a dominant one.

Hibbert is also a good young NBA center, but has averaged only 11.1 points and 6.4 rebounds through his career. He's also a guy that scored 12 points or less in four of six postseason games against a Miami Heat team that had no post presence.

Yet the Portland Trail Blazers rushed to sign him to a max deal, one the Indiana Pacers will sacrifice cap space to match.

Why? Because big men rule the NBA.

That explains why the likes of a Kwame Brown has made $58.2 million in his career to average a mere 6.8 point and 5.6 rebounds throughout his career.

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It also explains why more high-draft picks are used on big men with upside and potential, as everyone is searching for the next big thing that they can put in the paint for the next 10 years.

However, if we've learned one thing through time, it is that those great big men don't grow on trees and they are few and far between.

Until a team finds one, the search will go on and will never end.

The NBA game goes through different phases, but size will always be the most vital part of it.

Marginal big men will always make a profitable career and draft picks will always be wasted in search of the next great big man.

Guys like Lopez and Hibbert serve as just a friendly reminder of how big men rule the NBA game.

They always have and always will.

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