NBA The Best Current NBA Centers  

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List Rules Only current NBA centers. No retired or collegiate players

The best current NBA centers aren't just the best men in the National Basketball Association to play the five position the best but also among the overall best current NBA Players. These pivot players are often times the stars of their respective NBA teams as they sink the shots from in the paint, grab the rebounds, and set screens. While we could argue all day about whether the center position is the most important on a basketball team, few will disagree that these men are the best centers currently in the NBA in 2016-2017.

While DeMarcus Cousins might be the overwhelming favorite, that doesn't mean there are not many other great NBA centers in the league today. Marc Gasol, DeAndre Jordan, Joakim Noah, Al Jefferson, and Hassan Whiteside all come to mind as the best centers in the NBA today. So do the likes of Karl Anthony Towns, Brook Lopez, Joel Embiid, and Al Horford.

Not just the top five centers in the NBA, this list has all the current players at this position. So whether you're a fan of the superstars like Howard and Cousins or the great centers that don't get as much love, like Rudy Gobert, Robin Lopez, and Enes Kanter, each is quite valuable to their respective teams. Who do you think is the best current NBA center? Vote below, add more players or re-rank this list in your order, all below! When you're done ranking here, head over and rank the best wing players in the NBA too!

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787 379
DeMarcus Cousins is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
DeMarcus Cousins New Orleans Pelicans

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566 497
Marc Gasol is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Marc Gasol Memphis Grizzlies

3
487 90
Karl Anthony Towns is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Karl Anthony Towns Minnesota Timberwolves

4
480 371
DeAndre Jordan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
DeAndre Jordan Los Angeles Clippers

5
411 177
Hassan Whiteside is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
NicolasAvellaEscandon added Hassan Whiteside Miami Heat

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419 626
Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Dwight Howard Atlanta Hawks

7
392 126
Rudy Gobert is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Rudy Gobert Utah Jazz

8
358 229
Andre Drummond is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Andre Drummond Detroit Pistons

9
333 334
Al Horford is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Al Horford Boston Celtics

10
271 305
Brook Lopez is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Brook Lopez Brooklyn Nets

11
343 57
Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Anthony Davis New Orleans Pelicans

12
290 255
Pau Gasol is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Pau Gasol San Antonio Spurs

13
248 455
Joakim Noah is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Joakim Noah Chicago Bulls

14
198 312
Al Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Al Jefferson Indiana Pacers

15
160 318
Tyson Chandler is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Tyson Chandler Phoenix Suns

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182 173
Nikola Vučević is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
surag added Nikola Vučević Orlando Magic

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166 137
Jonas Valančiūnas is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Jonas Valančiūnas Toronto Raptors

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162 220
Marcin Gortat is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Marcin Gortat Washington Wizards

19
148 233
Greg Monroe is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Greg Monroe Milwaukee Bucks

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174 26
Joel Embiid is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Joel Embiid Philadelphia 76ers

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201 86
Steven Adams is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Steven Adams Oklahoma City Thunder

22
169 311
Roy Hibbert is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Roy Hibbert Denver Nuggets

23
148 25
Nikola Jokic is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Nikola Jokic Denver Nuggets

24
119 105
Enes Kanter is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Enes Kanter Oklahoma City Thunder

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105 134
Andrew Bogut is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Andrew Bogut Cleveland Cavaliers

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126 193
Nenê is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Nenê Houston Rockets

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108 88
Nerlens Noel is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Nerlens Noel Dallas Mavericks

28
139 208
JaVale McGee is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
JaVale McGee Golden State Warriors

29
81 59
Jahlil Okafor is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Jahlil Okafor Philadelphia 76ers

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77 178
Nikola Peković is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Nikola Peković Minnesota Timberwolves

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94 54
Tristan Thompson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Tristan Thompson Cleveland Cavaliers

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86 242
Anderson Varejão is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Anderson Varejão Golden State Warriors

33
71 24
Serge Ibaka is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Michael Rogers added Serge Ibaka Toronto Raptors

34
63 76
Jusuf Nurkić is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Jusuf Nurkić Portland Trail Blazers

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78 188
Tiago Splitter is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Tiago Splitter Philadelphia 76ers

36
51 20
Myles Turner is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Myles Turner Indiana Pacers

37
73 88
Robin Lopez is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Robin Lopez Chicago Bulls

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61 103
Zaza Pachulia is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Zaza Pachulia Golden State Warriors

39
45 52
Bismack Biyombo is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
JoeAzar added Bismack Biyombo Orlando Magic

40
46 135
Ömer Aşık is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Ömer Aşık New Orleans Pelicans

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71 16
Kristaps Porzingis is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Kristaps Porzingis New York Knicks

42
41 43
Willie Cauley-Stein is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
JoeAzar added Willie Cauley-Stein

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61 98
Timofey Mozgov is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers

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48 71
Alex Len is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers

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54 13
LaMarcus Aldridge is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
LaMarcus Aldridge San Antonio Spurs

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23 42
Gorgui Dieng is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers

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24 68
Jared Sullinger is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Bnalisach added Jared Sullinger Phoenix Suns

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25 44
Frank Kaminsky is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
JoeAzar added Frank Kaminsky

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22 34
Mason Plumlee is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers

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19 32
Cody Zeller is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers