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Große Männer sind in der NBA wieder in Mode

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The 1995/96 season marked the end of the golden era for big men in the NBA. Patrick Ewing, Hakeem Olajuwon, David Robinson, and Shaquille O’Neal dominated their opponents with their unstoppable back-to-the-basket games. They were the superstars of the league, but Alonzo Mourning, Rik Smits, and many others also thrived in a league where offense started inside and then moved outside.

In the following season, Robinson suffered a foot injury, and the league gradually shifted towards a more perimeter-oriented game. Teams were in search of the next Michael Jordan, with few young bigs possessing the skills of O’Neal or Tim Duncan, who was drafted in 1997. In the 1995/96 season, seven of the top 10 scorers were bigs – Charles Barkley played like a giant despite being only 6’3″. Four years later, O’Neal was the only top-10 scorer listed as a center in the 1999-2000 season.

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