They're the last line of defense on any NBA team. They're usually the biggest players on the court who are utilized for their strength and height to deter opposing players from getting the high-percentage shots around the basket. They are the wardens of the league as they keep the opposition from scoring near the basket and sending out a message that anywhere near the rim is off limits.
Post players are some of the most important on the court, as they can not only provide their teams with offense by scoring easily around the rim, but on the defensive end can also affect/block shots or grab the ensuing rebound. Players who thrive in the post are some of the rarest commodities you can find in the league today, as there seem to be only a handful of players who could score, grab boards and play defense.
While having a well-rounded post player is a high commodity now, there have been many big, and little, men over the past 60 years that have made their presence felt in the paint as well-rounded individuals. Having a quality player in the post is one of the biggest advantages any team can have and it shows even today with players like Dwight Howard or Andrew Bynum being held in the highest regard.
It's why Greg Oden might make $10 million a year despite being injured the past two years.
We took everything into consideration to rank these 50 players. The players' offensive skill sets and their rebounding, shot-blocking and defensive abilities were all put into consideration and it was how we were able to determine some of the best post players to ever play the game of basketball.