These teams all have one thing in common, the need for a big fella' to protect their paint. These squads need someone who can score in the post, defend the rim and make life difficult on the opposing offense. Each team has a different story on how they got this glaring hole in their starting five, but they all just need that void filled as soon as humanly possible.
Boston Celtics- Perkins is gone, Shaq is hurt, Jermaine is useless and Kristic is not going to cut it. I sure hope Beantown has something up their sleeve this offseason, because to me it looks like the flushed away one of the best centers in the game.(especially for them) It's too late for the Celtics to fix this problem this season, but they would do well in kicking Shaq and the other O'Neal to the curb and finding some younger blood to clog up the paint.
New York Knicks- One thing's for sure in the Big Apple, they need more size. No one in their front court is taller than 6'11", and that's a big problem. (no pun intended) While Turiaf has proven himself to be quite the shot blocking specialist, he's just not a starting caliber player. He's an energy off of the bench player. What the Knicks really need is a gigantic body to anchor the defense that their just now discovering they can play. Someone like Marcus Camby would actually go a long way in giving NY the size and post presence they have been missing for a few years now.
Charlotte Bobcats- Say it with me folks, Kwame Brown. Do I really need to explain why he is the worst possible player to have as a starting center? I didn't think so. They could start Tyrus Thomas at the five spot and be immediately improved, but let's hope they do things the old fashioned way and draft some new talent.
Minnesota Timberwolves- Using the same argument as above, Darko Milicic people. No, he's not as bad as Brown, but let's not get ahead of ourselves here. While Darko may have proven he's not a complete waste of space this year, he's still no one that I would be content with starting on my team. They don't exactly need a rebounding power house with Kevin Love already on board, but I would look for the Timberwolves to add a center to the depth chart with a little veteran leadership or knowledge of the game. Darko is fine coming off of the bench for the Wolves for as long as hey choose to keep him around, but in no way should he be starting.
Houston Rockets- Yao Ming is not going to play again folks and if he does, it will only be until he goes out with another season ending injury. Chuck Hayes has been filling in as of late, but he just does not have the size or shot blocking ability to be a starter in this league. Behind him on the depth chart is Brad Miller, who is useful at times, but is not a starter at this point of his career. Houston is going to need to address this void in their starting five if they want to make that jump from underrated to feared.
Phoenix Suns- The Suns have some young talent in Robin Lopez and some nice grit from Marcin Gortat, but both of them suffer from being entirely too one dimensional. They both seem to have a knack for defense, but can't put the ball in the hole to save their life. While the Suns haven't had a shortage of scorers recently, it has still hurt them to not have a scoring option at the five spot. I feel as if the Suns would do well in creating a package for a scoring center that can take a bit of the burden off of the points in the paint category.
Golden State Warriors- The Warriors have always been able to run and gun with the best of them, but their weakness has always been their utter refusal to put a true center in their line up. The truth is that they need someone to block shots, clean the glass, and post up on the block. They have such a lack of size in their front court, that it's easy for them to lose the battle of the boards each night. (which usually determines the outcome of a game) Golden State simply needs to bite the proverbial bullet here and realize that they need a Big Man in the post if they want to stand tall with the rest of the league.