Originally Posted by Ne 1
btw people romanticizing the state of 90s big men need to take of their rose colored nostalgia glasses. There was about a 3-4 year period where you can say big men were ruling the league, 1992-93 till 1994-1995 and maybe you can even add 1995-1996 but before/after was kind of bleak. Still better than today's league, but not quite the same because it was never deep. Top heavy, but not deep and the center talent declined greatly post-'95 actually.
Are you serious?
That's what made that era challenging for big men. Sure not all of the big men from that era were great, but they didn't have to be. Playing against another big body was a challenge on to itself. Another thing was at least they played as true big men. Most of today's big men try to play like guards and the rules make the game today softer. Also by big men, most of us aren't just referring to centers (6'10-7 feet) but also true power forwards that will rotate on the big men and be physical.
Players like Greg Ostertag are far from being great and will probably never be remembered. But they still provided a challenge for players on both ends due to their big bodies, you don't even have that today. So even if star players didn't have to face other elite big men every night, the other big men didn't make things easy for them. Who does Dwight even face now? how many 7 footers does the league even have? do they even play deep in the post like true big men? and do the rules even allow them to be physical?
if Dwight played in past era, he wouldn't be considered the hall of fame player with multiple all star appearances and incredible stats. He's just not that good and too soft for that era.