Here we go with my first list of the best players in the NBA. Finishing this list was easier than all of the other positions because there aren’t that many good centers in the league. So this is how it’ll work- I’ll give you one young riser and one honorable mention, which will then be followed by my top ten.
Young Riser – Javale McGee 10.1 ppg,8 rpg, 2.4 bpg
Drafted in 2008 out of the University of Nevada, McGee posted career highs in every major statistical category. Plays way above the rim and should have won this years slam dunk contest at the All-Star break. Has a chance to be a top 5 center next year with a solid off season.
Honorable Mention – Emeka Okafor 10.3 ppg,9.5 rpg, 1.8bpg
A really good defender and rebounder for this smallish center. He’s been able to develop a reliable mid-range jumper since entering the league. He lacks a go to move in the post, but he’s a winner and a great team player. I chose him over Roy Hibbert by a small margin because he’s a better athlete than Hibbert.
#10 – Nene 14.5 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 1 bpg
Reliable, athletic big man with a solid offensive game. He doesn’t rebound as well as a guy with his athleticism should, but he’s decent on the boards. He is what he is at this point in his career, which happens to be a very solid NBA center.
#9 – Brook Lopez 20.4 ppg, 6 rpg, 1.5 bpg
Really good scorer in the low post on a bad team. His lack of athleticism should keep him from becoming a top 3 center, but if he continues to improve his overall skills he has a shot.
#8 – Tyson Chandler 10.1 ppg, 9.4 rpg, 1.1 bpg
World champ, great defender and rebounder. Winning the championship pushed him into this spot, but his lack of offense keeps him from going any higher.
#7 – Al Jefferson 18.6 ppg, 9.7 rpg, 1.9 bpg
Great post player on offense, terrific rebounder and an average defender. He’s had injury problems in the past but when healthy he’s a beast.
#6 – Andrew Bogut 12.8 ppg, 11.1 rpg, 2.6 bpg
Tremendous rebounder and shot blocker. Former number 1 pick overall hasn’t lived up to being picked that high. Not quite dominant enough to be a top 5 guy this season, but he’s capable of cracking the top 3 next year.
#5 – Andrew Bynum 11.3 ppg, 9.4 rpg, 2 bpg
He’s had problems staying healthy his entire career. He managed to put up good numbers on a winning team this season in the games he was able to play.
#4 – Marc Gasol 11.7 ppg, 7 rpg, 1.7 bpg
Very skilled big body who enjoys being in the paint. He increased his points and rebounds to 15 and 11 in the playoffs, which was huge for the Grizzlies.
#3 – Al Horford 15.3 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 1 bpg
Undersized at the center position but consistently rebounds the ball well. Really good shooter, very good ball handler, good passer.
#2 – Joakim Noah 11.7 ppg, 10.4 rpg, 1.5 bpg
Energy,energy, energy. Great defender with very little offense. If he stays healthy he can be great.
#1 – Dwight Howard 22.9 ppg, 14.1 rpg, 2.4 rpg
3-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year. Just a beast on the glass. He improved his low post game this season which explains his career high scoring average. The only sure-fire Hall of Famer on this list.