The NBA season is just around the corner and the Eastern Conference is once again in shambles as many of the top ranked teams from the previous season have dwindled into the mediocrity that makes up the east. On a positive note, the 2014-2015 NBA season will be the year of the center position. Yes, the “Big-man” is back and there are a slew of multi-talented players holding down the position with an array of offensive and defensive weapons that could help place their teams in a position to make the playoffs. You may be surprised to see our list of the 2013-2014 Top NBA centers has changed in dramatic fashion. Players you might have expected to make the top-5 have found themselves bumped out of the race like a NASCAR driver.
NBA writers: Jr. Williams, Arnold Glass, Francesca Toledo, Jared Cortes, and Greg Patuto were asked to provide their list of the 2014-2015 top centers in the NBA as of right now – here are the results of their selections ranked 10 to 1 ( according to calculated votes ).
Honorable Mentions #10 – #5
10. Chris Bosh – Miami Heat
Francesca Toledo: Bosh has stepped up as a center and I have high hopes for him in the upcoming season. His size as well as his skill shine on the court. While it is true that Bosh is a power forward playing out of position, he performs extremely well as a center due to his size and skill set. Overall, he is a great offensive player and an effective defensive player.
9. Roy Hibbert – Indiana Pacers
Jr. Williams: I still believe Roy Hibbert is a top-10 center in the NBA when he performs at his most optimum level. Hibbert had quite a few questionable moments last year during the early rounds of the 2014 NBA playoffs, but he still finished among the top-5 in the NBA in blocked shots and defensively held his ground versus the most elite centers in the leage.
Francesca Toledo: The man’s size is intimidating enough… Standing at 7’2, he guards the rim like a beast. But take that combined with his defensive skills and the man is quite the threat on the court. He generated plenty of attention in the playoffs last year, especially against the Wizards and the Heat.
8. Andre Drummond – Detroit Pistons
Arnold Glass: Everyone might pick Dwight Howard over Drummond, but I want durable players that I can count on and Drummond missed one game last season and almost accumulated identical stats as the Rockets center.
7. Brook Lopez – Brooklyn Nets
Greg Patuto: Despite having a history of injury, Lopez might be the best scoring center in the NBA. He comes in at number 4 on my list because of his lack of defense, however, expect big numbers from the big man.
6. DeAndre Jordan – L.A. Clippers
Arnold Glass: This rebounding machine (13.6 RPG) showed that he is a durable playing by playing in all 82 games last season. He has a high ceiling and coach Rivers will continue to make him grow.
Jr. Williams: DeAndre Jordan is probably one of the most athletic and highest leaping big men in the league right now. He is one of top shot blockers and rebounders in the game, yet he remains one of the most underrated overall players in the NBA. Jordan is a player who will give his top effort offensively and defensively. He runs the floor better than any center in the league, and If he can improve his scoring, we may see him as a 2015 NBA All-star reserve.