Even though younger fans don’t appreciate him that much because of his skills as an analyst, no one can deny that prime Chris Webber was a huge problem.
He could do a little bit of everything on the court, play both ends of the floor, dominate the glass, score at will, and lock down the paint as well.
That, combined with his playmaking skills – that weren’t so usual for a big man back in the day – would make him a perfect player for today’s game. In fact, he even recently admitted that he would’ve rathered play nowadays given his skillset:
“I’d love to play today. When I played, the big man couldn’t even lead the 3 on 2 drill down the court,” Webber told Stephen Jackson and Matt Barnes for All The Smoke.
“I would’ve loved to play today, especially on the high post, or to pass, to hand-off, or cut things like that. Especially when I could jump a little bit; yeah, I’d love to play today,” Webber concluded.
While Webber wasn’t exactly a lights-out shooter, his ability to create for others would’ve helped him stretch the floor. If not, he could’ve played as a small-ball big thanks to his versatility.
Throughout his career, Webber averaged 20.7 points, 9.8 rebounds, and 4.2 assists on nearly 48% shooting, and with today’s pace, there’s no reason to think that those impressive numbers could’ve been even better.
We could easily picture Chris Webber locking down the paint for the Golden State Warriors with Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson opening up the way with his shooting and Draymond Green pulling the strings of the offense with his playmaking.
He could also play next to Anthony Davis in the Los Angeles Lakers as one of the deadliest and most versatile twin towers you could ever think of, or why not? Even playing below the rim for the Brooklyn Nets.