For about six seasons, Chris Webber and Vlade Divac made opposing NBA big men look foolish during their extremely successful stint with the Sacramento Kings. Might we be seeing a second coming of such, this time in the Windy City with the Chicago Bulls?
Not only were Chris Webber and Vlade Divac two of the best passing big men in the NBA at the time, they’re two of the better passing big men in the history of the game. Granted, they weren’t the lone reasons for the Sacramento Kings success, but they certainly played a vital role in it – especially their passing.
That’s the hope of the Chicago Bulls regarding Joakim Noah and Pau Gasol who themselves are currently two of the best passing big men in the NBA. In fact, some might argue they are the two best passing big men. Regardless, their ability to find players will make life much easier on the offensive end, something David Aldridge of NBA.com expects moving forward.
The bet here is Gasol has at least two good seasons left in him after being put in drydock in Los Angeles (where he feuded with then-coach Mike D’Antoni). A Gasol-Joakim Noah big man duo will offer up memories of the old Chris Webber-Vlade Divac pairing in Sacramento — two bigs with outstanding passing skills, who can replace one another in the post depending on matchups.
Unlike the Kings of yesteryear, the Chicago Bulls don’t have two solid defending big men as Pau Gasol is sub-par on the defensive end, though Joakim Noah’s ability will like make up for any of Gasol’s deficiencies.
Needless to say, if implemented correctly and everybody remains healthy, the Chicago Bulls are going to have a beautiful offense.