I took inspiration from the instructional diagrams in “Winning Basketball: Individual Play and Team Strategy” written and illustrated by William T. “Buck” Lai in 1955 to create these images of the next great generation of NBA big men. There’s
Boogie Cousins in the triple threat,
Karl-Anthony Towns utilizing the hook, and
Jahlil Okafor passing out of the pivot.
These images were featured in Austin Peters’ story “The Modern Big Man: What’s Old is New” on The Step Back.