Who is the best Center in the NBA?
I will answer this question and more in this article. Check out our Video above and subscribe to Calling Our Shot on YouTube. People want to say that the big-man is fading away from modern day basketball, I disagree. Big men are adapting to the run and gun nature of the league some of these players are among the best players in the league. I will break down the best center in the league: from 10 all the way down to 1.
Let’s hop into my list!
10. Deandre Ayton and Andre Drummond
I felt wrong leaving either of these players off the ‘Best Center in the NBA’ list. Both bring something different to their teams. Ayton is an emerging star on the Suns, while Drummond is still trying to find a place that appreciates his skillset. Drummond will go down as one of the best rebounders ever, while Ayton has yet to even scratch the surface of how good he could be.
9. Clint Capela
The margin between 9 and 10 is small. Capela has been doing his thing this year. He is helping transform this Atlanta Hawks team into a playoff contender. He just had his first career triple double with 10 blocks a couple nights ago. I love how he has expanded his offensive game and is scoring much. I give him the slight edge over Ayton and Drummond due to his impact on both ends of the court.
8. Myles Turner
Turner leads the league in blocks. He is very underrated. People think that just because he doesn’t average 20+ points like other centers, doesn’t mean that he has less of an impact. He does exactly what the Pacers ask him to do and I respect him for that. Turner is better than the above players due to his ability to stretch the floor and knock down the open jumper.
7. Christian Wood
One of my favorite players in the NBA! Christian Wood was my pick to win Most Improved Player in our pre-season NBA Award Predictions. This year has been his coming out party. He is playing at an All Star level and deserves to make the team. Few big men are able to knock down the 3 and take their opponents off the dribble like Christian Wood can.
6. Rudy Gobert
This might be taken as disrespectful, but I prefer the remaining 5 players over him due to what they bring on the offensive side of the ball. Gobert is an All NBA Defensive team player, that’s what he is known for. But I feel as the league progresses, his skill set will start to fade. As big men continue to improve their jumpshooting, Gobert will be stuck in the paint letting them go bombs away from 3. See: Nikola Jokic today dropping 47 on the Jazz. Gobert struggles to defend bigs that can shoot, and he also doesn’t bring much offensively which is why he is #6.
5. Nikola Vucevic
As an Orlando native, I had to show Vucevic some love. He’s having a career year scoring the ball and he has quietly improved his defense. Vucevic is asked to carry this Magic team offensively and he does that night in and night out. Put Vucevic on any contender and he would get the love and praise that he deserves. He is a top 5 center in the league and you can’t tell me otherwise.
4. Bam Adebayo
Bam is easily the 4th Best Center in the NBA. He can do what Rudy Gobert does but better. He’s a better all around defender and he has quietly improved his offensive game year over year. He will never be the scoring threat that numbers 1, 2 and 3 are, be he has shown the ability to be a constant 20 point scorer night in and night out. Adebayo is a thrill to watch. The Heat found a star in Bam Adebayo. It will be fun to watch him progress over the next 2-3 years.
3. Karl Anthony-Towns
Feels like forever since we last watched KAT play, but he is still a top 3 center in the league. You can’t forget that. KAT is going to average 24+ points and 10+ rebounds every night. He is one of the most skilled big men offensively. He still has to improve his defense but he is only 25 years old. Get well soon, Karl!
2. Nikola Jokic
It’s hard not to put Jokic at #1 after his career performance against the Utah Jazz. Ultimately, this came down to a coin flip. Both Jokic and Embiid are gifted. You can’t quantify their impact on their respective teams. Without Embiid, the Sixers would be terrible. Without Jokic, the Nuggets would be equally bad. Jokic is a gifted playmaker, hence all the triple doubles. I gave the slight edge to Embiid just because of his defensive prowess, but the difference here is very slim.
1. Joel Embiid
I have Embiid as the ‘Best Center in the NBA” solely because if the season were to end today, he would be the MVP. The difference between him and Jokic is razor thin. Both bring different elements to their team. Embiid is a dominant force on the inside, rare in today’s day and age. Jokic is a crafty big man that can get wherever he wants on the court. I love both of their games. They both have their own unique style of play that I enjoy watching. Let’s see how this list evolves as the season progresses!
That will do it! That is my list of the Top 10 NBA Centers in the league right now. Let me know if you disagree in the comment section below!
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