5) Deandre Jordan
12.7 ppg, 13.8 rpg, 2.3 bpg, .703 fg%,
.430 ft%, 1.2 apg
Jordan averaged a career high in points per game while leading the league in field goal percentage. Most of his shots come around the rim, so leading the league in field goal percentage isn’t a big surprise. He is still one of the worst free throw shooters of all time, and that will probably never change. Jordan definitely needs a go to move, but he’s a great defender in the post.
4) Andre Drummond
16.2 ppg, 14.8 rpg, 1.4 bpg, .521 fg%,
.355 ft%, 0.8 apg
Drummond has turned himself into a dominant force in the paint over the last 2 seasons. He really broke out this season leading the league in rebounding. Like most of the other centers in my top 10 he lacks a go to low post move. Surprisingly, he’s worse at shooting free throws than Deandre Jordan, but he’s still young so he may have a chance to improve.
3) Brook Lopez
20.6 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 1.7 bpg, .511 fg%,
.787 ft%, 2 apg
Lopez has always been a talented offensive player, but he’s never been a great rebounder. I think his offense makes up for his lack of rebounding. He’s got plenty of low post moves and he has a reliable mid range jump shot. He also makes his free throws which isn’t normal for most of the top big men in the league.
2) Karl Anthony Towns
18.3 ppg, 10.4 rpg, 1.7 bpg, .543 fg%
.811 ft%, 2 apg
The 2015-16 NBA Rookie of the Year is a legitimate force in the paint. Towns has a chance to be a perrenial All-Star in the Western Conference even with 3 of my top 5 centers in his conference. He made 30 three pointers this season which says a lot about his versatility. The great thing about him though is his low post game is better than most centers in only his first season. I can easily see him averaging 25 and 15 at some point during his career. Great young player.
1) Demarcus Cousins
26.9 ppg, 11.5 rpg, 1.4 bpg, .451 fg%,
.718 ft%, 3.3 apg
Boogie is the best center in the world and it’s not very close. He’s got everything you want in a center. He can shoot from the perimeter, he’s got low post moves, he defends, he rebounds, and he makes his free throws. He also made 70 three pointers this season. The next step for Cousins is leading his team to the playoffs.
Stats courtesy of http://www.basketball-reference.com