Overview: An aging center who will probably always be good for a few blocked shots each game. Still a useful player, even at age 42. Very efficient, and an excellent rebounder. Born in the Republic of Congo. Extremely tall and relatively skinny. Owner of a huge wingspan. Doesnt run the floor or get off the ground as well as he once did. Cant score as well as he used to because of lost athleticism. Functions as a defensive specialist at this point. Has been a great shot blocker since his first season playing at Georgetown. Sits second all-time on the career blocks list. Used to change shots with regularity. Four time Defensive Player of the Year Award winner. Six time NBA All-Defensive team selection. Eight time All-Star. Can still block shots when given playing time. Has done a lot of good things off the court, especially in his home country. An inspiration to all African players.
Offense: Had his best scoring season as a rookie. Was never quite coordinated enough to be dominant on that end. Gets almost all of his offense off of offensive rebounds and cuts. Doesnt have plays called for him in Houston. Displays essentially no jumper anymore. Can finish at the rim at a decent rate. Will dunk when he can. Cant put the ball on the floor. Isnt a very good passer. Has become less turnover prone as time has gone on. Used to be effective when playing next to good point guards. Mookie Blaylock helped him immensely. Was never known for his offense despite the fact that he put up pretty solid numbers early in his career. Highly efficient these days regardless.
Defense: One of the best defensive players of all time. Doesnt have the same athleticism these days that made him a force. Will still block shots solely based on his wingspan. Grabs rebounds at a high rate for the same reason. Still foul prone, but it comes with the territory. Doesnt play enough minutes to be an impact guy. Provides a nice option off the bench as a back up in terms of defense. Can be pushed around by more compact post players. Always brings energy, but doesnt have the athleticism to turn that into production like he used to.