Talented people come out from generation to generation, each leading the way for hundreds of years. In the NBA, in different eras, there have also been prosperous emergences of talents in different positions. This is why there are such sayings as "big four centers" and "big four shooting guards." Today we will take stock of the "four major series" from position 1 to position 5.
Among the five positions, the names of the four major centers were the first to spread. In the 1990s, the NBA was still in an era when insiders had the world. Center is the most concentrated position of superstars in the league. The four major centers recognized at the time were Olajuwon, David Robinson, Patrick Ewing and Shaquille O'Neal.
Among the four major centers, Olajuwon, Admiral and O'Neal have all been elected MVPs and won the championship. Although Ewing was the uncrowned king, he was also a dominant player in the East. He was selected to the second team of the All-NBA team five times throughout the 1990s and secured his position as the second and third center in the regular season.
At that time, the center position was so full of talents that historical-level large centers such as Mourning and Mutombo were not included in the "four major centers". Among them, Mourning also squeezed the peak O'Neal for a while in 1999. One can imagine how fierce the competition for the center position is.
The good fortune is that although there were four major centers in the 1990s, these four major centers were all under the aura of Jordan's shooting guard. Olajuwon won the two championships only during Jordan’s retirement; the admiral was in the west and never met Jordan; O’Neal had a chance to win Jordan, who hadn’t played for two years, but was then revenge by Jordan. A 4-0 sweep directly teaches life; as for Ewing, the Knicks led by that year have become the Queen's background board for the Bulls. In the face of the Bulls Dynasty, the four major centers can only be ruled obediently.
After the four major centers, the NBA has four major forwards in the early 21st century. Duncan, Garnett, Nowitzki, and Webber have gradually grown into league super giants. During the six years from 2002 to 2007, three power forwards Duncan Garnett and Nowitzki won four MVP awards. In addition to Duncan's five crowns in hand, Nowitzki and Garnett also won a championship each.
In contrast, Webber's first fame is almost the same, but the gorgeous king he led was also the most difficult opponent of the Lakers during their three consecutive championships.
At the same time as the four big forwards, the four shooting guards. These are also the four shooting guards that Chinese fans are most familiar with—Siko Dongai and North Kanam. Although this is what the Chinese fans say, it is still a more authoritative arrangement. From the 1998-1999 season to the 2006-2007 season, in nine seasons, the four major shooting guards swept eight scoring champions, and only O'Neal got involved once in 2000.
同时作为四名大前锋，四名得分后卫。这也是中国球迷最熟悉的四个得分后卫-东爱（Siko Dongai）和北卡纳姆（North Kanam）。尽管这是中国歌迷所说的，但这仍然是一个更具权威性的安排。从1998-1999赛季到2006-2007赛季，在九个赛季中，四名主要得分后卫席卷了八名得分王，只有奥尼尔在2000年参与其中。
However, it is a pity that, compared with the three big four forwards who won the championship, only Kobe won the championship among the big four shooting guards. He has reached the top five times in his career and has long been a top ten or even top five superstar in history. Iverson, Tracy McGrady and Carter are regarded as the uncrowned kings in NBA history. Carter did not retire until 2020, and the legend of the Big Four shooting guards finally ended.
There are more versions of the four major point guards. For example, today's Lillard, Curry, Westbrook, Owen. If you have to choose a version, you have to start from the nature of point guards, eliminate these new point guards who are the first in personal attack and second in the organization of offense, and choose those traditional point guards who pass the ball first. In this way, the four major point guards around 2010 are more representative.
Around 2010, Paul, Rondo, Deron and Rose were all at their peak. Paul was the veritable number one point guard in the league at the time. He was elected as the assist king four times. He was second only to Kobe in the 2008 MVP vote. Although Rondo's personal offensive ability is almost the same, his organizational ability is definitely at the historical level, and he has also been elected as the assist king three times. Until this season, these two point guards are still playing the role of commanders in their respective teams.
Deron was as famous as Paul back then, but gradually fell away after leaving the Jazz. In terms of personal ability and historical status, it should be the worst among the four major point guards.
Rose is the most special of the four point guards. In terms of characteristics, he prefers the offensive point guards that are prevalent today. But he can be among the top four point guards because he was too strong. In 2011, he became the youngest MVP in NBA history, which made him as popular as the three predecessors at the time.
In recent years, the scepter of the NBA has gradually fallen into the hands of the strikers. The names of the four big and small forwards also spread like wildfire. From 2012 to 2020, all nine MVPs were swept by small forwards. In addition to Iguodala, who is regarded as a grassroots FMVP, the other three FMVPs have secured the top three ranks of the four forwards.
The boss of the four big and small forwards is naturally none other than James, while Durant and Leonard are ranked second and third. The only controversial one is probably the fourth candidate. If as of last season, Paul George will do his part. But this season, his performance was mediocre, and Antetokounmpo became the third person after Jordan and Olajuwon to win the MVP and the best defensive player in the same season. At present, he should have a higher status than pickles.
But the point is that Antetokounmpo has never been a small forward in the traditional sense. Although he often serves as the third position, he does not have the shots that a small forward should have. The most reliant trick is to rely on talent to overpower opponents at the basket. From this perspective, the list of four forwards should still be James, Durant, Leonard and Paul George.
In summary, the complete list of the four major series is——
Four point guards: Paul, Rondo, Deron, Rose
Four shooting guards: Kobe, Iverson, Tracy, Carter
Four big and small forwards: James, Durant, Leonard, Paul George
Four big forwards: Duncan, Nowitzki, Garnett, Webber
Four major centers: Olajuwon, David Robinson, O'Neal, Ewing