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The Top Centers of the NBA

August 13th, 2013 at 11:38 PM
By Gordon Robinson

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  1. Dwight Howard Houston Rockets- Howard led the league in rebounds and probably had the worst seasons of his career. He should be fully recovered from his back injury and with Hakeem Olajuwon showing him some moves, D12 could make everyone forget about last season in Los Angeles.
  2. Marc Gasol Memphis Grizzlies- Gasol was last year's Defensive Player of the Year and he has the potential to continue to be an All Star for years to come. This Gasol has the ability to hit the outside shot as well as get down and dirty in the paint.
  3. Brook Lopez Brooklyn Nets- Lopez is Shaq's favorite big man in the game (at least that's what he says on television) and he seems to be growing in to a nice game. With new additions to the team Lopez's numbers may drop but his importance will be higher. He will get the lesson of a lifetime learning from Kevin Garnett.
  4. Roy Hibbert Indiana Pacers- Hibbert made a name for himself in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Miami Heat. The naysayers believe that Hibbert benefited from playing against a team that was soft on the inside and if he had been playing a team with a tough center, then he would have looked average. We believe that Hibbert will prove them wrong in the upcoming season.
  5. Al Horford Atlanta Hawks- Horford is one of the best big men in the NBA despite playing out of position. His team is going to need him to step up if the Hawks are going to continue their playoff run. 
  6. Chris Bosh Miami Heat- Bosh is mostly known as an outside player, clearing the lane for LeBron and D-Wade, but his inside game is going to have to improve because the Heat are going to need him to score more with Wade's game on the downside.
  7. Al Jefferson Charlotte Bobcats- It is still a mystery why Jefferson would choose to take his game to Charlotte but who are we to judge? Jefferson is a solid big man in the paint that may need to improve his defense but he should get as many shots as he can handle playing for the Bobcats…Hornets…Charlotte!
  8. Greg Monroe Detroit Pistons- Monroe may turn out to be a power forward this season with Andre Drummond possibly coming into the middle. Regardless, he needs to improve his jumpshot because he is solid in every other aspect of the game.
  9. Joakim Noah Chicago Bulls- Noah's biggest attribute is his heart. He is willing to stick his nose in anywhere if it means getting a win for the team. His passing skills are also an asset that a returning Derrick Rose should be able to take advantage of.
  10. Tyson Chandler New York Knicks- Chandler controls the boards for the Knicks but his better days are behind him. He needs to continue to own the paint to help the Knicks get over the hump.

The best of the rest:

Andrew Bynum (Cleveland Cavaliers)

Anderson Varejao (Cleveland Cavaliers)

Pau Gasol (Los Angeles Lakers)

DeAndre Jordan (Los Angeles Clippers)

DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings)

Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons)

JaVale McGee (Denver Nuggets)

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Tags: Al Horford, Atlanta, Atlanta Hawks, Basketball, Chris Bosh, Dwight Howard, Marc Gasol, NBA, Roy Hibbert

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