NBA Today: 5 Heaviest players in the league
Time and again, size and strength have played a pivotal role in the NBA. The brutal physicality that the league brings is something not many are able to withstand over a prolonged period of time. However, as the trend of the bigs becoming active on the perimeter builds up steam across the NBA, the ability to overpower your opponent beneath the rim and in the paint has seen a decreased level of emphasis.
Nevertheless, bulky players have always played a prominent role in securing the center spot for any team and would continue to do so. Let's take a look at the most five heaviest bodies active in the league at this moment.
Honorable Mention: Jahlil Okafor - 275 pounds
The 23-year-old capitalized on Davis' absence in New Orleans and put together a resurgent season with meaningful minutes. A former national champion at Duke, Jahlil credited much of his scoring to his bodily transformation - which incorporated him losing 20 pounds following a mostly vegan diet. Marred by injuries on the court and off-the-court mental health hurdles, Okafor's career hasn't really taken off in a major way as everybody expected from a third overall pick.
He averaged 17.5 points and 7 boards per game in Philly during his rookie season but since then his overall numbers have seen a steep decline.
#5 Robin Lopez - 275 pounds
After averaging over 10 points per game for three straight seasons, Lopez's scoring average dropped to 9.5 points this past season with Chicago.
“Robin is an inside presence who will provide important depth for us at center,” said Bucks General Manager Jon Horst. “While bringing great experience to the Bucks, Robin is also a high-character person on and off the court and we are excited to welcome him to the team.”
Along with his seven-foot frame, 275 pound frame, the 30-year-old carries strong fundamentals on defense having mastered the rule of verticality. Keeping in mind that the Bucks topped the league in defense last year, signing another true center - apart from Brook Lopez - that can defend the hoop is a major plus for the league-leading side.
Robin uses his size and strength to pull out the majority of his damage around the rim - where he shot 69 percent last season - along with displaying nifty post footwork from time-to-time.