NBA Power Rankings: Dwight Howard and the 10 Best Low-Post Players

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NBA Power Rankings: Dwight Howard and the 10 Best Low-Post Players
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When it comes to being victorious at the end of the season, there always happens to be one necessity needed on every winning team. Check any championship team in the past decade and you're sure to see at least one player in the starting lineup that was dangerous in the low post. The Lakers Pau Gasol, the Celtics Kevin Garnett, and Tim Duncan with the Spurs all were prominent components in each of their teams championship victories. Even before then with Shaquille O'Neal in Miami and Los Angeles and Rasheed Wallace with Detroit, they all played huge parts in their victories.

On just about any NBA team today, there is usually one low post presence in the starting lineup to give a team some strength and versatility on the team. They give you the highest percentage points and they can usually be relied on for creating second chance points as well. Even if with the emergence of the 7' jump shooter, there are still plenty that can relied on the paint for a change. The size and dominance that a low-post player can command will sometimes far exceed any other player in the league.

Each player in this top ten represents themselves as a key member of their team with most of them being recognized as a number one scorer on their roster. One of the most important aspects a center or power forward holds is that when a team's jump shot isn't consistently falling, they can always rely on their teammates in the middle for assured points. In fact, most of the players on this list are from a team that is set to enter the postseason.

If you don't think having a low post threat in the middle isn't that necessary, just remember that Minnesota is giving Darko Milicic $30 million.

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