5. DeMarcus Cousins – Sacramento Kings
Jared Cortes: It’s tough not to put Cousins at No.5 with the statistics he puts up. His only knock would be the perennial losing seasons his Sacramento Kings are always putting up.
Arnold Glass: Cousins is top-10 in the scoring category among all players in the NBA with an average of 22.7 ppg (leads all centers). If he ever mature and take the game more serious, he could be the top center in the league.
Jr. Williams: Last season Cousins was my pick as one of the top-3 centers in the NBA and he shows no signs of losing his edge. My only issue with Cousins is his defense, he hasn’t sold me on his ability to commit on the defensive end of the court. Overall, he’s probably the most offensively gifted center in the NBA – he can score from virtually any spot on the floor.
4. Marc Gasol – Memphis Grizzlies
Greg Patuto: In my opinion, Marc Gasol is the best center in the NBA because of his excellent defensive skill, ability to rebound, and ability to score from the perimeter and in the post area. Gasol continues to be the most consistent and best option on the Memphis Grizzlies.
Jared Cortes: Another Defensive Player Of the Year in the top 5, Marc has the efficient scoring ability and passing to consistently remain at the top of the league.
Jr. Williams: Gasol is one part of the offensively gruesome double-headed beast which includes Zach Randolph. He’s an award winning defender but also very gifted at shooting the ball, but I believe Gasol is another underrated passer for a player his size. One things for certain, the Grizzlies would not be a playoff caliber team without him in the lineup. Gasol makes my list as the top-5 centers in the NBA right now.
3. Al Jefferson – Charlotte Hornets
Francesca Toledo: Forget about scoring against this player, he’s unstoppable on the court. Plays for a mediocre team, but his stats speak for themselves.
Arnold Glass: He is a all-round center that you would want on your fantasy team. Even though he missed nine games, he made this team so much better since he came to Charlotte as a free agent last season.
Jr. Williams: Big Al didn’t make my top-5 last year but he has quickly proved to me that he has skill to battle with the “big boys”. Although he was overshadowed by LeBron James scoring 61 points in a 107-124 loss on March 3, 2014 to the Miami Heat, Jefferson finished the game with 38 points and has filled the role as the “go-to-guy” for his team all season. Jefferson is No.3 on my list.
2. Joakim Noah – Chicago Bulls
Arnold Glass: He’s a very talented player, but his warrior’s heart moves him up above other centers in the league. He always strives to involve and motivate his teammates and it shows in the stats as he leads all centers with 5.4 assists per game.
Greg Patuto: With a healthy Derrick Rose back, the free agent signing of Pau Gasol, and the emergence of rookie Doug McDermott, Noah has a lot of players around him to take some of the pressure away. Noah is the best defensive center and will bump up his offensive numbers as well.
Francesca Toledo: Although he isn’t known to be the classiest of players, he is without a doubt a fantastic center. Great defensive game, and he always makes the most of his skills.
Jared Cortes: Nobody hustles more than Noah in the entire league, and he finally got his recognition when he took home Defensive Player Of the Year this past season. Noah is also one of the most prolific, if not the best passing center in the league.
1. Dwight Howard – Houston Rockets
Jared Cortes: Even when his offense isn’t at the top of it’s game, Dwight is still the best all around center in the game. The three time DPOY is still one tier above the rest of the league’s centers.
Francesca Toledo: He’s a threat on the court. His defensive game is on point, and he’s an outstanding rebounder.
Jr. Williams: Dwight Howard remains by far, the best center in the NBA in my opinion. He ranks among the best scoring, rebounding, and shot blocking centers in the league. You can search high and low but you wont find a player of his caliber who excels at a similar level. Howard is the most dominant among all the centers in the league. The only area left for him to improve on is his free throw percentage.
Greg Patuto: This may come as a shock, but Howard falls to No 3. He has proven that he is a dominant defensive force but has very limited offensive moves. Dunks and putbacks are the majority of his ability.