NBA Top 10 Centers Heading Into 2017

Here is another NBA Top 10 lists. This list involves who will be the best in the league. This is a position whose role is ever changing. Can this group stand up and be productive in the upcoming season?



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1) Demarcus Cousins (New Orleans Pelicans) – He can score from anywhere on the court and he can rebound with the best of them. His improving defense and passing has him in the top spot. He still has room for improvement once he conquers his emotions.



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2) Karl Anthony-Towns (Minnesota Timberwolves) – Already a top defender with natural shot blocking instincts. His offense is solid but still evolving which is a scary thought. His rebounding is above average. He will only get better.



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3) Marc Gasol (Memphis Grizzlies) – The league’s best post defender and passing big man offers old school toughness and mentality. He has become a reliable scoring threat from mid-range with an efficient post game.



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4) Hassan Whiteside (Miami Heat) – Whiteside is just beginning to realize his potential. He’s the quintessential rim protector and a solid post defender. Very adept finisher around the basket, he’s one of the top rebounders in the league. The scary part is he’s still developing a post game.



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5) Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons) – He’s an anchor on defense with a supreme shot blocking prowess. Since being in the league, he’s been a great rebounder and strong finisher at the basket. His post game needs work and he has limited range.



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6) Al Horford (Boston Celtics) – Horford’s offense has expanded out to the 3-point line but he must reestablish his post presence. He’s still a very good passer and defender.



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7) Nikola Jokic (Denver Nuggets) – Just coming into his own, Jokic is a natural scorer who is getting better. He rebounds well and is a great passer. Always a triple-double threat, he needs to work on his defense and his range must improve.



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8) DeAndre Jordan (Los Angeles Clippers) – Jordan is one of the leagues top shot blockers and rebounders. He is a very potent dunker but his offensive game is limited to lobs and put backs. Although he’s very athletic, he has zero post game.



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9) Rudy Gobert (Utah Jazz) – Gobert is known as an elite shot blocker as well as a defensive menace. Also a very good rebounder, his extra long length helps on both counts. No offense to think of at the moment, it’s a must that he develops that side of his game.



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10) Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers) – Embiid is skilled with solid footwork. He has a good post game and he’s expanding his range out to the 3-point line. Not to mention, he’s a good rebounder and shot blocker. Now that he’s finally healthy, we are seeing his potential.


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