We are back again ranking the top 10 players at each position and once again we are starting with the Centers. Now that the season is over we feel it is a good way to gauge who is the best of the best because there isn’t any current games to cloud our judgment.
This year we have six contributors helping us rank the top ten players. Our six are (Me, Martel, Nate, Ron, Tyler and Rohit). Tyler is a contributor over at FWO365 and Rohit is the EIC over at MettaChronicals. Check out their sites and show them some love we appreciate them helping us rank the players this year.
Note: We are putting the player name, team, points and what their rank was last year. (Maximum about of points that can be earned is 60)
10. Anderson Varejao, Cleveland Cavaliers, 7 pts (NR)- Andy V before injuries last season was playing at an All-Star level. Paired with the addition of Andrew Bynum, Andy will be able to do more of what he’s good at and be able to handle a little lighter load with a little bench depth in Zeller and Thompson. Nate
9. Andrew Bynum, Cleveland Cavaliers, 15 pts (2nd)- Bynum didn’t play last year because two knee surgeries. Yolo Bynum gave us a lot to talk about off the court but he is a good player on both sides of the court when his mind is right. He signed with the Cavs and could be the steal of the off season if he can stay healthy that’s a BIG “IF” but its worth the gamble. If he can stay healthy he will jump up this list next year. JT
8. Al Jefferson, Charlotte Bobcats, 18 pts (3rd)- Al Jefferson is probably the most underrated big man in the NBA. Jefferson is a scoring machine and is a beast on the boards. Al Jefferson does take a vacation on the defensive side of the ball, but all in all he is a load in the paint. It will be interesting to see how Jefferson plays in Charlotte after a big pay day. Ron
7. Al Horford, Atlanta Hawks, 24 pts (10th)- The fact that Horford is actually a power forward playing center doesn’t stop him from being a top center in the league and making our list. Horford had his best year as a pro by averaging 17 points and 10 reb. Horford should have another season like last. Now that joe Johnson and Josh Smith has left Horford is looked upon as the leader of this Hawks team. Horford is great in pick and pop and has greatly improved his post game. Martel
6. DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings, 25 pts (5th)- DeMarcus Cousins is still an up and coming player at only 23 years of age. Posts very nice numbers. He is a very good inside scorer.
Character issues seem to hold him back some and makes him somewhat of an underrated type of player. Borderline all star talent, still waiting for him to take that next step in his career. Tyler
5. Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls, 26 pts (NR)- Bulls C Joakim Noah enters the 2013-2014 season not only as an integral part of a core that hopes to win a ring within the next few years, but also as the anchor of a team that has dealt with their fair share of injuries. Noah was the heart and soul of Thibodeau’s defense-first Bulls even before last season; over the 2012-2013 season he emerged as a leader.
No matter how well Rose plays this season, it’ll be up to Noah to provide the defense, rebounding, and hustle to keep the Bulls competitive in a conference that includes the Miami Heat, Indiana Pacers, and Brooklyn Nets. And as he has done throughout his career, Noah will do his job wonderfully. This time with more confidence and determination than ever before. Rohit
4. Roy Hibbert, Indiana Pacers, 28 pts (6th)- Showed a lot of development on the block last year, on both offense and defense. Hopefully with a little help from Louis Scola and the return of David West we’ll see more improvement in his game next year. Nate
3. Brook Lopez, Brooklyn Nets, 38 pts (8th)- Lopez made his 1st All Star team this year. Lopez is a very skilled offensively and is getting better on the defensive end. He will have to improve his rebounding totals to make a jump over on this list. Maybe the addition of KG will help Lopez go to the next level. JT
2. Marc Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies, 53 pts (4th)- Marc Gasol is the best all-arounder Center in the NBA IMO. Gasol commands the paint on both ends, and is an excellent passer. Marc Gasol has officially taken the crown from Pau as the best Gasol in the NBA.Ron
1. Dwight Howard, Houston Rockets, 56 pts (1st)- Howard averaged 17 points, 12 rebounds, and 2 1/2 blocks last season. That was coming off of back surgery and playing with a bum shoulder. Hate him or love him he’s been the most dominant center in the league for the past 6 seasons and next season shouldn’t be any different. Playing with one of the best pick and role players in James Harden and playing on a team that was at the top of the league in three point attempts should get Howard back up to the twenty point average. One of the things that put Howard over the top is the fact that in 9 years has never missed more than 10 games in a season and has played in all 82 games five times. Howard could have more offensive moves but his dominance on d and career averages of 18ppg, 13rpg, and 2bpg keeps him at the top. Martel
Let us know how you feel about our list, I know a few Centers who missed out that had a lot of votes just not enough points. Drop a line!!!