Top 10 NBA Centers in the Game Today

By: 12.05.11
Joakim Noah

Joakim Noah (photo. Monte Isom)

4. Marc Gasol – If the aforementioned Hibbert is hungry, Marc Gasol is starving. How much fun was it watching him battle in the playoffs last year? Gasol has officially arrived. He knows that he can not only play at this level, but he can also kick people’s asses. This is going to be a big year for him.

3. Joakim Noah – I’m assuming you’re going to disagree with how high I have Noah on the list. That’s fine. While Noah certainly doesn’t possess the basketball skill level of an Al Jefferson, an Andrea Bargnani or a Brook Lopez, the dude gets after it every single night. He plays with passion and desire, runs the floor, and plays defense like his career depends on it. He was hurt for a good portion of last year, but unlike Andrew Bynum’s case, I know that Noah is always dying to compete.

2. Al Horford – It seems like lots of guys either have the toughness or the skills to be an effective center in the NBA. It’s rare when you have a guy who has both, and Al Horford is one of the few who does. We’d love to see him at some point on a good team with a stable roster in a winning environment to see what he can really do.

1. Dwight Howard – Pretty sure you saw this one coming. Despite the fact that he still looks lost lots of time with his back to the basket, and despite the fact that his foul shooting is still an adventure, there is no big man in the game today as physically dominant as Dwight Howard. He’s a true prize to be had on the free agent market and getting him to sign on the dotted line would have far-reaching effect on whatever franchise he picks.

The are my rankings. Who do you think are the best centers in the NBA today?

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