The NBA always go through phases throughout it existant. During the 40's, 50's and even 60's when the NBA was in its infancy, centers like a George Mikan and a Bill Russel are usually pretty short. George was really only 5'9 when you think about it and so was Bill. That was Lebron James height. But those centers play like centers. They don't shoot outside and trying to be power forwards or shooters. Then in the late 60's and 70's Center became taller and bigger. The Chamberlins and Kareem and Waltons of the world coming into the league. And don't forget Willis Reed. During that time centers were important even into the 90's. Jordan did changed the game making wing players more important but still the 90's were filled with great true centers like a Shaq, Ewing, The Dream, Alonzo and David Robinson.
But what i see now is that there are no true centers except for Dwight Howard. Just because you are a 6'11 or 7 footer doesn't make you a true center. Mark Gasol plays more like a power forward. Even Brook Lopez plays like a PF. The lack of true big man in the game shows one thing. Do we really need a true superstar center as our "center piece"? When was the last time a team won the championship with a true superstar center? It was when Shaq was dominant. Pau is not a true center, Dirk wasn't a true center. Obviously the heat doesn't have centers. And the Spurs put Dunken as center? And please don't put Bynum in that championship run the Lakers had because he wasn't the reason why lakers won those two championship though he did help a little. So do we really need a superstar center to win a championship? Is putting all the chips into D12 and surround him with "good players" the right move?