This is my list for the top 5 NBA Centers. I didn’t count Duncan as a Center. I left Brook Lopez off the list because he is injured.
Andre Drummond – 13. 5 ppg, 13.2 rpg 1.6 blks 41% ft
DeAndre Jordan – 10.4 ppg, 13.6 rpg, 2.5 blks 42% ft
They both are young, athletic, great rebounders and shot blockers. They need some type of offensive move and counter move. They are horrible at the free throw line.
5. Dwight Howard – 18.3 ppg, 12 rpg, 1.8 blks
He looked healthier in his first season with the Rockets. He still isn’t the dominate player we want him to be. At this point he is what he is, 18, 12 and almost 2 blocks a game. Those are not bad numbers but at times he looks more dominate. His numbers increased in the playoffs but he still gets dumb touch fouls, technical fouls, and looks disengaged at times. He should be more of a leader for this team.
4. Al Jefferson – 21.8 ppg, 10.8 rpg, 1.1 blks
Big Al was great for the Bobcats (Hornets now I know) last season. He was the inside presence that they needed. His game is not flashy but he gets buckets. Not the best defender but his above average offense makes up for it. If the Hornets add more shooters around him he will get more space to work and dominate.
3. Joakim Noah – 12.6 ppg, 11.3 rpg, 1.5 blks
The defensive player on the year. He brings it every night for the Bulls. Had to be more of a play maker with Rose out. Led all Centers with 5.4 apg. Had 4 triple doubles last season which was tied for 2nd in the league. Not the best offensive player but he does a little bit of everything on the court. He is the emotional leader that the Bulls need and they feed off that energy.
2. Marc Gasol – 14.6 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.3 blks
If he didn’t get hurt the Grizzlies would have had a better seed in the playoffs. The Grizz went 10-13 without him. His numbers don’t jump out at you but if you ever watched the Grizz play you see the impact he has. He is a very good passer especially from the high post to Z-Bo. He can score in the paint and knock down a mid range jumper.
1. DeMarcus Cousins – 22.7 ppg, 11.7 rpg, 1.3 blks
Yes I think Big Cuz aka Boogie Cousins is the best center in the league. Yes he has an attitude problem and he can be immature. He’s only 23 years old. He will still get better. The kid is good at basketball. He gets the job done; I like the intensity he plays with. Hopefully the Kings will put a better team around them and they can make some noise in the Western Conference.