NBA Player Power Rankings: Ranking The League’s Top 10 Centers

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Feb 10, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard (12) shoots over Miami Heat center Joel Anthony (50) during the second half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA’s landscape is changing. The game is faster and more entertaining than it has ever been,  and it does not look to be slowing down. As players receive endorsements and commercials for high flying dunks and jaw dropping handles, the highlight reels and cameras pass over the anchors of the team – the centers.

Centers are the most scrutinized players on a team. If a team’s defense is poor, it’s the center’s responsibility to roam the paint and defend all five players. If a team does not score in the paint, the center is picked apart for being too defensive minded and liable on offense.

Here are the NBA’s 10 best centers in the league:

Honorable Mentions:

Anderson Varejao – his career season was cut short due to a blood clot. If he finished the season, he would have been Top 5.

Andrew Bogut - Bogut only played in 32 games during the regular season, and though fantastic during the playoffs, was gimpy throughout the regular season.

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  • Shawn McDonald

    Yeah, Hibbert as the 6th best center…give me a break. Top three and no less. He’s better all-round than both Lopez and Noah while easily being a better defender than Gasol. Dwight is nothing but an overpaid Griffin type, if he can’t dunk it then he’s throwing up bricks.