Centers, like we used to see in the NBA, are long gone and JaVale McGee thinks the NBA is systematically phasing out the center position.
“They’re trying to get us out of here,” says the McGee.
"It's extremely hard because it seems like they don't want us here," McGee said, per Dave McMenamin of ESPN.com "They're trying to get us out of here. The prime example is them taking us off the All-Star ballot. They literally took the whole position off the All-Star ballot. So just think about that."
The NBA modified its All-Star ballot during the 2012-13 season to include three frontcourt spots rather then two forwards and a center.
"We don't even have a choice," McGee added. "We have to go against guards, and we're not going to score 40 [to get the same All-Star consideration]. It's just, we work hard, though, so we have to adjust our game the way everybody else does; so now we don't stay back [by the rim] as much, we're up [on the perimeter] more, we know how to switch.
"So, it's just the evolution, I guess."
McGee said. “One year I got to like 280 [pounds]; ‘I’m big, I’m about to have a crazy season.’ I couldn’t jump. I couldn’t run. I felt tired. I was like, maybe being big isn’t my thing. Then I was like, I want to stay around 240, 250. And people still tell me, ‘You’re not strong enough, blah, blah.’ I’m like, ‘That’s not my game.’ I don’t need to be a banger. I dunk on people. I block shots and stay out the way.”
"But the evolution of the big man now, if a center's coming in and not shooting 3s, they're like, 'What are you doing?'" McGee said.
It's obvious the game has drastically changed the role of the centers. The teams started to play small, and the three-point shots became the most common weapon in the league. A big man with limited offensive characteristics is useless for today’s game because the NBA has turned into a more offensive-friendly league.