I loved this Sports Illustrated Q&A with Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau on how he spent his year off, small-ball, the importance of communication defensively, what it’s like working with the best of the best, the development of Jimmy Butler, and his advice to players regarding leadership. For more on Thibs, look beneath the link.
I don’t think it’s changed dramatically. Size is still very important. What has changed is having guys who can play multiple positions. I think every team has to have the ability to do both. You have to be able to play big, and you know, everyone talks about Golden State playing small, but most of the time they’re playing big. And then they adjust and they’ll go with their small lineup, where they have a lot of 6’7 or 6’8 guys who are interchangeable. Really, that’s the way we’re built. We have two traditional centers with great size, and then we have the versatility of Draymond. That’s what makes Draymond so unique. His ability to play three or four positions, and then when you do play small, you’re not sacrificing your defensive rebounding. It’s a different look for teams. I think teams are moving in that direction.