Category Archives: Passing Centers

More Love for “McBob”

OK, so I’ve written a lot about Josh McRoberts this year.  But now that Joakim Noah is getting all this (well deserved) attention it’s my duty to promote the second best passing big man in the NBA.

Noah’s 25% assist rate this year is off the charts for a pivot man but the Bobcats main dish server is close behind at 22%.  This is about two points ahead of Kevin Love and nearly four ahead of Blake Griffin.

Also, McBob’s 4-to-1 assist/turnover rate is extremely helpful to Charlotte’s offense.  The Bobcats are +5 points/100 possessions with McRoberts on the court versus him riding the pine.  This is nearly the difference between the scoring attacks of the Indiana Pacers and the Philadelphia 76’ers.

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NBA History: Skilled Big’s

The Chicago Bull, Joakim Noah is doing some incredible things this year.

In the past four decades only five NBA big guys have really excelled at:

  • Rebounding
  • Passing
  • Defense
Totals Advanced
Player Season Tm G TRB% AST% DWS
Joakim Noah 2013-14 CHI 57 19.0 23.9 4.4
Kevin Garnett 2005-06 MIN 76 19.6 20.2 5.9
Kevin Garnett 2004-05 MIN 82 20.3 27.1 6.0
Kevin Garnett 2003-04 MIN 82 20.1 24.4 8.0
Kevin Garnett 2002-03 MIN 82 18.8 25.8 5.8
Charles Barkley* 1992-93 PHO 76 18.1 21.2 4.8
Bill Walton* 1977-78 POR 58 20.7 22.8 4.8
Tom Boerwinkle 1970-71 CHI 82 22.6 23.1 5.6
Provided by Basketball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 3/4/2014.

The Eighth Great Passing Big Man of Recent Memory

I’ve written before how Josh McRoberts has added his name to the short list of great passing big men.  Since that post in December the Bobcats power forward is still running a 4-to-1 assist/turnover rate.  He seems legit.

After the Chicago Bulls victory in San Antonio on Wednesday I can no longer ignore their center Joakim Noah.  Dishing out a game high 8 assists to teammates Jimmy Butler, Carlos Boozer and D.J. Augustin the former Florida Gator has been the staple in the Bulls offense.  In the absence of Derrick Rose and with Luol Deng traded to Cleveland Joakim Noah has been wonderful.

  1. Noah leads all Bulls in total assists this season.
  2. Noah leads all NBA centers in assists/minute.
  3. Noah increased his assists this year while decreasing turnovers.

The Latest Great Passing Big Man

The Charlotte Bobcats leading assist man is big guy Josh McRoberts.  Not only is the former Duke Blue Devil passing out five dimes/36 minutes but he is also limiting his turnovers (4-to-1 ast/tov).

Below is a list of great passing big men who were also good at holding on to the ball:

Totals

Advanced

Player

Ht

Season

Age

Tm

G

MP

AST

TOV

AST%

TOV%

Toni Kukoc

6-10

1996-97

28

CHI

57

1610

256

91

24.3

11.8

Kevin Garnett

6-11

2002-03

26

MIN

82

3321

495

229

25.8

11.9

Josh McRoberts

6-10

2013-14

26

CHA

26

761

112

29

24.4

12.4

Kevin Garnett

6-11

2001-02

25

MIN

81

3175

422

229

22.4

12.5

Toni Kukoc

6-10

1994-95

26

CHI

81

2584

372

165

23.4

13.0

Alexander Volkov

6-10

1991-92

27

ATL

77

1516

250

102

23.2

13.5

Pau Gasol

7-0

2005-06

25

MEM

80

3135

371

235

23.7

13.8

Brad Miller

6-11

2010-11

34

HOU

60

1015

145

54

21.4

13.8

Toni Kukoc

6-10

1997-98

29

CHI

74

2235

314

154

23.4

14.1

Bill Walton*

6-11

1977-78

25

POR

58

1929

291

206

22.8

17.2

Provided by Basketball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/22/2013.