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Definitely not Al Thornton.



i saw it during tonight's telecast and those were the choices


You absolutely have to be thinking of Al Horford.


Of that 5, I'd look at them like this:


5. Joakim Noah: Great defensively, extremely limited offensively. Also the oldest of the 5, though only a few months older than Aldridge. Still, he's shown the least offensively, and I just don't think there's a lot of room to grow there. He is what he is, and that is a really good player, but he's always going to have to be a role player.

4. Love: Best shooter by far. He can shoot from anywhere on the floor. It's really kind of ridiculous. He's a restless rebounder, but his numbers this year are inflated by the fact that literally nobody else on that team is even interested in grabbing rebounds, so he grabs them all. He's also the worst of the 5 defensively. Good god, is Kevin Love bad defensively. He tries hard, but, just no.


Those two can't be the best player on a playoff team.


3. Blake. Right now, he's not as good as Horford or Aldridge because he really just doesn't do anything defensively. He's not really lost, he just doesn't seem to care much. He's not, necessarily bad defensively, but you don't notice him either way. However he's borderline unstoppable offensively. He could improve his jumper a bit, but he's so quick and strong and coordinated and smart and everything else you want out of a big man. He'll probably be the best long term out of all of them, given how well he's picked up the NBA game, what a tireless rebounder he is, and what a great passer he is along with his ridiculous offensive skills.

2. Aldridge. What he's doing to carry that team is insanely impressive. He should have been an all star, and he's been one of the best players in the NBA this year. He's a monster offensively and he does enough defensively.

1. Al Horford. I think he's seriously underrated. He's insanely efficient offensively, he's evolved into a very good passer (he picks up an assist on 18% of his team's possessions, a great number for a big man), and he's a very good defensive center.



What makes this a silly question is that the best young big man in the NBA isn't even listed because he's been in the league for 7 seasons: Dwight Howard is actually younger than both Joakim Noah and LaMarcus Aldridge, which is just insane to think about.


And then there's guys like Andrew Bogut, Demarcus Cousins, and Roy Hibbert who deserve to be in the discussion to an extent.



(speaking of guys who are way younger than we think, Darko Milicic is stil 25, and is actually having a decent little season for himself.)

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What's the age limit for this topic?


Considering the fact that Joakim Noah (who's 26) is involved, several guys can be mentioned. Al Jefferson, for example, is a good one. Marcin Gortat, 27, is underrated.


As far as guys who are very young who haven't been mentioned yet...Serge Ibaka and DeAndre Jordan. Andrew Bynum's only 23.


By the way, all the guys who have been mentioned in this thread are better than Al Thornton.

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