Jan 25, 2017; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Trail Blazers center Mason Plumlee (24) looks for a pass around Los Angeles Lakers center Ivica Zubac (40) during the third quarter at the Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports

The Lunch Pail Gang

Not all centers become stars. Sometimes success is just going to work and getting dirty. Regardless of your basketball pedigree, to make it in the NBA you have to be willing to do what the other guy won’t.

Cody Zeller, Mason Plumlee, Steven Adams and Marcin Gortat have all carved out this role as “lunch pail players.”

The “lunch pail player” is the ideal complement to the NBA superstar — a player willing to protect the superstar from the hard fouls that are often applied to them. They’re also a player there to grab an offensive rebound from an ill-advised shot, be on the other end of a give and go, distribute to the star accurately and precisely and to be the silent assassin.

Not everyone can be the “star.”But if you can contribute and stay on the court, being a seven-footer can be a financial windfall.

The center position in the game has never been filled with as much depth as it is right now, leaving fans of the two-way player in awe with what these massive individuals can do with a ball.

The return of the center is officially here.

 

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