dwight's the better finisher and probably better overall in PNR. he's also the better rebounder.
i think mourning was more savvy around the hoop and at least near equal defensively. i also think he brings more intangibles to his team. he was more inspiring and vocal.
seriously tough call but i guess i'm going with dwight due to his ability to draw doubles, his efficiency and his overall defensive prowess. i just think he's a much more potent #2 option than mourning is in the same role.
i do think zo's '06 playoff run tends to get underrated, especially in the finals. dude was so active defensively, especially help side. he wasn't even worried on offense since miami decided he wasn't really much of an option outside of putbacks. his defense and leadership were huge and we're talking about a well past prime zo. he was arguably the 4th most impactful miami player.
Last edited by blacknapalm : 08-28-2012 at 09:33 AM.
Hilarious. Zo used to be my fave and now Dwight is. Being that I watched a ton of Zo's games and I've been watching Dwight, I'll have to go with Dwight. Zo in his prime is not better than Dwight and he still haven't hit his prime yet. I can see how the Dwightmare would scare a couple of you guys, but I've never heard a teammate criticize Dwight.
Zo used to be one of my favorite players, while I am mostly indifferent to Howard, but I would say Howard is in the tier just above him.
He's closer to a Pat Ewing than to Alonzo Mourning, and when it's all said and done might be regarded as the Moses of his era (not talking about style of play here, just tiers).
In addition to having led an average team to the NBA Finals at a young age, Dwight is a more dominant presence on the court: not only does he anchor your defense (and it's not just about accumulating blocked shots) but he commands double teams on offense. He's also a better rebounder.
Some will argue that Zo played against better competition (and it's true that so far Dwight has had no one in his conference and only Yao, Gasol and Bynum in the opposing conference), but let's not forget that his career coincided with Shaq who is often criticized for dominating inferior centers.
Even though he played in the same decade, he's not from the same generation as Hakeem, DRob and Ewing - several of his prime years occurred when those were old and washed up.