Not sure playoff results agree with your idea that the game is going to go back big. Not sure current regular season results bear it out either. Most of the best big men in the league just do not play on contending teams. And those that do, haven't had any playoff success.
In the modern NBA, don't trade wing potential for defensive big potential.
the "modern" nba is starting to revert because unless you have generational talent, the best way to beat a small ball lineup is to punish it offensively. Big bodies and pound the paint.
So I firmly believe that bigman value is on the rise again.
Also, Bamba has more potential than just defensive big man, he has offensive/defensive potential at the 5
The best lineups in the league have their best players at guard and wing. Most of those best lineups are small ball lineups.
Sorry, I disagree with you and agree with Pho. It's better to have good wings than good big guys. Especially big guys with very limited range or inability to defensively switch onto smaller players.
LASt playoffs Embiid, Davis, Aldridge, Jokic, Nurkic and Horford all did the most damage closer to the basket than further away from it.
Thunder, Rockets, Blazers, Clippers, Spurs, Pistons, Hornets and heat are all Playoff teams right now with centers that are more traditional.
Then you have Embiid , Horford and Jokic.
Horf is the best shooter of the group, but that shooting bump is not preventing the other players from having a tremendous impact on the center position and the game for their own teams.