The current era of basketball, at least from 2009 until now, can be considered a golden age for players at the point guard position. Almost half of the league currently has a former All Star point guard playing significant minutes on its roster. The decade before however should be recognized as the era of the power forward. The league was loaded at the 4 position, and many of those forwards were influential in how the players at that size play on both ends. In the upcoming month we will highlight a different former All Star 4 man on the fourth day of the week in a series titled “Flashing Back Forward.”
2-Time All Star, Olympic Gold Medalist
BOOOOOOOOOOZ. A chant of endearment in Utah, possibly not as much in the next decade in Chicago where Carlos seemingly underperformed after signing a max contract with the Bulls in 2010. But this is about the 2000’s, where Boozer averaged a double-double from the time he came in the league in 2002. After two years in Cleveland, Boozer got to Utah formed a screen and roll duo with Deron Williams that was not quite Stockton to Malone but was still Sloan led and EFFECTIVE. Boozer with his high arching, ball on his bald head rocket launching shot was deadly off the pick and pop, he could dive to the rim and finish over defenders, could pass well from the high post, and could face a larger opponent up and go to work. Vertically challenged and lack of defensive ability aside, Boozer was smart and knew how to score. The following things must be noted about Booz: he eventually was exposed for bigen application for a national television game, he once claimed to have broken his hand by tripping over a gym bag in his home, and his “AND 1!!!!” exclamations after a bucket are legendary. Arguably his best season was in 2006-2007, where he averaged 20.9 peg and 11 rpg and culminated with his Game 7 in the first round against the Rockets where he notched 35 points, 13 rebounds, and 5 assists.
Stay tuned for next week’s Flashing Back Forward.