The center position is one of the most important for a team on the basketball court, with some dominant players ruling the League at their different times when they played.
For example Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell and Shaquille O’Neal, all former MVP’s and all former star-centers.
Today, the NBA is no different, with many talented centers battling it out for their respective teams. Here’s a look at the Top 5 best centers in the NBA today.
5. Hassan Whiteside
This guy just recently signed a massive deal that will see him staying in Miami for the near future.
Whiteside is 27 years old but every year he plays, he comes back better than ever and he will hope to make Miami better and help push them to become playoff contenders once again.
That is no easy task though after the loss of star shooting guard Dwayne Wade but I’m sure Whiteside is up for the challenge.
So far the Heat have an 8W-17L record which leaves them 13th in the Eastern Conference.
Whiteside has been good averaging 17.3 ppg and 14.4 rpg while adding 2.4 blocks per game.
We could see Whiteside earning his first All-Star selection this year with his popularity growing around the League. He is for sure a top 5 center in the NBA.
4. DeAndre Jordan
I’m not the biggest DeAndre fan going but I will agree that he is in the conversation of the top centers in the League.
He is a monster rebounder for the Clippers and also is a major defensive presence.
His shooting and free throw shooting really take away from him overall as a player but he is still great and has been key to the Clippers success, so far this season. He has averaged 11.2 ppg, 12.6 rpg and 1.7 blocks per game this far into the NBA season and has helped the Los Angeles Clippers to the third spot in the West with an 18W-7L record. Jordan has been impressive and definitely competes for the top-center spot in the NBA.
3. Andre Drummond
The Detroit Pistons superstar center is developing into one of the best centers in the League for sure.
The big man is a double-double machine and is one of the best rebounders in the NBA at the current time.
So far this season, the big man has averaged 14.9 ppg and 13.6 rpg and he’s played very well, which will hopefully see him get another All-Star selection this year.
These are just some of the reasons why I think Drummond should be regarded as one of the top centers in the NBA at the moment.
2. Al Horford
Al hasn’t played too much so far this season due to injury and also the birth of his child but when he has played, he has been good.
Horford will definitely need more time to fit into the squad in Boston after he left the Atlanta Hawks in the Summer.
He has been impressive though, averaging 15.6 ppg, 5.4 apg and 6.3 rpg through 14 games this season. The Celtics are 5th in the East and have a 13W-11L record so far. Horford can be great in Boston though and is definitely regarded as one of the best centers in the NBA even though he hasn’t been playing a lot recently.
1. DeMarcus Cousins
This guy has been playing well but what would make him even better is a move from Sacramento.
The Kings has proven to be a dead end for Cousins and even though he plays well we need to see him go somewhere else and flourish into the full potential player he can be, maybe a link up with former Kentucky teammate, John Wall in Washington could help us see this happen?
Only time will tell though and we’ll just have to wait and see.
So far Cousins has averaged 28.3 ppg and 10.9 rpg. Good stats but the Kings only have 9 wins so far this season, along with 15 losses. Time to move on DeMarcus.