Originally Posted by REDREAD
I guess I don't understand this analogy. Is Dwight Howard expected to bring the ball up the court? No, a point guard does that (most of the time).
But he is expected to take his free throw shots when he gets fouled. No one is letting Dwight Howard out of taking free throws just because he's rotten at it. It's his cross to bear and his teams have to weigh his assets in relation to his massive free throw shooting deficiency.
This has nothing to do with players having different defensive assignments. Yet, in National League baseball, every player who has a defensive assignment also has an offensive assignment, and vice versa. It's fundamental to the sport itself, the prime requirement for being a player.