With the way the game is today – up and down, free-flowing – a guy like Chris Webber would undoubtedly thrive. So when Matt Barnes asked him about how he would fit with today’s NBA, a single smirk was enough.
I’d love to play today. When I played, the big man couldn’t even lead the 3 on 2 drill down the court.Chris Webber, All The Smoke
A 6-9 all-around stretch four is a must-have in the NBA today. If he’s as versatile as C-Webb was, you’re looking at the franchise-type player. And Webber undoubtedly had the talent for it. Over his 15-year NBA career, he averaged 20.7 points, 9.8 rebounds, and 4.2 assists on 47.9% from the floor, and he did it as an old-school power forward – underutilized compared to guys of his size and skill-set in the league today.
I would’ve loved to play today, especially on the high post, or to pass, to hand-off, or cut things like that. Especially when I could jump a little bit; yeah, I’d love to play today.Chris Webber, All The Smoke
There’s no doubt C-Webb’s role would be expanded in today’s NBA. Assuming he didn’t improve as a shooter, Chris would be involved in the offense a lot more, primarily as a playmaker. Expanding his range, adjusting to today’s shooting standards would only make his life easier and open things up to even better utilize his ability to make plays for others, as well as put the ball in the basket.
The upstroke would undoubtedly be one of the best, most versatile players in The Association, who would put even better numbers than throughout the ’90s and early ’00s. And while so many former players will tell you the same thing, how they would be dominant in the league today, Webber’s case is clear.
Even in the context of the era he played through, he was a great basketball player – a Hall of Famer. But looking at the NBA today, C-Webb stands out as one of those “born in the wrong time” type of players. He was still great, but what if…