basketball 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 2017-2018.

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 Steven Adams, 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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1
1,454 707
DeMarcus Cousins is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
DeMarcus Cousins New Orleans Pelicans

2
1,128 331
Karl-Anthony Towns is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Karl Anthony Towns Minnesota Timberwolves

3
789 1,149
Marc Gasol is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Marc Gasol Memphis Grizzlies

4
782 535
Andre Drummond is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Andre Drummond Detroit Pistons

5
766 857
DeAndre Jordan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
DeAndre Jordan Los Angeles Clippers

6
691 1,103
Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Dwight Howard Charlotte Hornets

7
633 740
Al Horford is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Al Horford Boston Celtics

8
783 419
Rudy Gobert is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Rudy Gobert Utah Jazz

9
762 517
Hassan Whiteside is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
NicolasAvellaEscandon added Hassan Whiteside Miami Heat

10
612 129
Nikola Jokic is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Nikola Jokic Denver Nuggets

11
741 260
Steven Adams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Steven Adams Oklahoma City Thunder

12
884 186
Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Anthony Davis New Orleans Pelicans

13
383 32
Joel Embiid is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
LaSagnaBall added Joel Embiid Philadelphia 76ers

14
361 676
Brook Lopez is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Brook Lopez Los Angeles Lakers

The Top Current NBA Players

16
391 551
Pau Gasol is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Pau Gasol San Antonio Spurs

17
315 373
Nikola Vučević is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
surag added Nikola Vučević Orlando Magic

18
350 306
Jonas Valančiūnas is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Jonas Valančiūnas Toronto Raptors

19
277 890
Joakim Noah is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Joakim Noah New York Knicks

20
206 567
Tyson Chandler is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Tyson Chandler Phoenix Suns

21
241 585
Al Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Al Jefferson Indiana Pacers

22
311 228
Enes Kanter is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Enes Kanter New York Knicks

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23
211 396
Greg Monroe is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Greg Monroe Milwaukee Bucks

24
229 410
Marcin Gortat is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Marcin Gortat Washington Wizards

25
182 525
Roy Hibbert is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Roy Hibbert Denver Nuggets

26
225 147
Jusuf Nurkić is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Jusuf Nurkić Portland Trail Blazers

27
220 77
Myles Turner is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Myles Turner Indiana Pacers

28
260 123
Kevin Love is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Kevin Love Cleveland Cavaliers

29
186 334
Nenê is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Nenê Houston Rockets

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30
199 36
Clint Capela is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Clint Capela Houston Rockets

31
210 328
JaVale McGee is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
JaVale McGee Golden State Warriors

32
130 290
Andrew Bogut is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Andrew Bogut Los Angeles Lakers

33
170 197
Nerlens Noel is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Nerlens Noel Dallas Mavericks

34
288 54
Kristaps Porzingis is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Kristaps Porzingis New York Knicks

35
177 171
Tristan Thompson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Tristan Thompson Cleveland Cavaliers

36
132 168
Jahlil Okafor is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Jahlil Okafor Philadelphia 76ers

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37
163 84
Serge Ibaka is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Michael Rogers added Serge Ibaka Toronto Raptors

38
108 181
Robin Lopez is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Robin Lopez Chicago Bulls

39
61 239
Ömer Aşık is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Ömer Aşık New Orleans Pelicans

40
90 205
Zaza Pachulia is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Zaza Pachulia Golden State Warriors

41
92 103
Willie Cauley-Stein is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
JoeAzar added Willie Cauley-Stein Sacramento Kings

42
71 131
Bismack Biyombo is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
JoeAzar added Bismack Biyombo Orlando Magic

43
84 116
Kelly Olynyk is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
JoeAzar added Kelly Olynyk Miami Heat

The Best Current NBA Dunkers

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30 52
Aron Baynes is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
igor88 added Aron Baynes

45
79 136
Alex Len is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Alex Len Phoenix Suns

46
78 188
Timofey Mozgov is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Timofey Mozgov Brooklyn Nets

47
60 112
Frank Kaminsky is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
JoeAzar added Frank Kaminsky Charlotte Hornets

48
52 107
Gorgui Dieng is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Gorgui Dieng Minnesota Timberwolves

49
39 92
Cody Zeller is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Rusty Shackelford added Cody Zeller Charlotte Hornets

50
50 158
Kosta Koufos is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Kosta Koufos Sacramento Kings