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 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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896 413
DeMarcus Cousins is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
DeMarcus Cousins New Orleans Pelicans

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2
621 557
Marc Gasol is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Marc Gasol Memphis Grizzlies

3
614 111
Karl-Anthony Towns is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Karl Anthony Towns Minnesota Timberwolves

4
524 426
DeAndre Jordan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
DeAndre Jordan Los Angeles Clippers

5
491 203
Hassan Whiteside is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
NicolasAvellaEscandon added Hassan Whiteside Miami Heat

6
474 160
Rudy Gobert is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Rudy Gobert Utah Jazz

7
411 269
Andre Drummond is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Andre Drummond Detroit Pistons

8
377 372
Al Horford is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Al Horford Boston Celtics

9
456 691
Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Dwight Howard Charlotte Hornets

10
437 70
Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Anthony Davis New Orleans Pelicans

11
295 331
Brook Lopez is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Brook Lopez Los Angeles Lakers

12
316 294
Pau Gasol is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Pau Gasol San Antonio Spurs

13
267 43
Joel Embiid is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Joel Embiid Philadelphia 76ers

14
253 510
Joakim Noah is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Joakim Noah New York Knicks

15
271 93
Steven Adams is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Steven Adams Oklahoma City Thunder

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16
208 196
Nikola Vučević is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
surag added Nikola Vučević Orlando Magic

17
204 350
Al Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Al Jefferson Indiana Pacers

18
206 33
Nikola Jokic is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Nikola Jokic Denver Nuggets

19
166 351
Tyson Chandler is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Tyson Chandler Phoenix Suns

20
186 165
Jonas Valančiūnas is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Jonas Valančiūnas Toronto Raptors

21
175 236
Marcin Gortat is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Marcin Gortat Washington Wizards

22
160 250
Greg Monroe is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Greg Monroe Milwaukee Bucks

23
173 333
Roy Hibbert is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Roy Hibbert Denver Nuggets

24
147 115
Enes Kanter is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Enes Kanter New York Knicks

25
138 206
Nenê is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Nenê Houston Rockets

26
125 98
Nerlens Noel is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Nerlens Noel Dallas Mavericks

27
107 156
Andrew Bogut is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Andrew Bogut Los Angeles Lakers

28
102 44
Kevin Love is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Kevin Love Cleveland Cavaliers

29
156 219
JaVale McGee is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
JaVale McGee Golden State Warriors

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30
113 66
Tristan Thompson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Tristan Thompson Cleveland Cavaliers

31
81 23
Myles Turner is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Myles Turner Indiana Pacers

32
89 82
Jusuf Nurkić is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Jusuf Nurkić Portland Trail Blazers

33
92 75
Jahlil Okafor is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Jahlil Okafor Philadelphia 76ers

34
93 35
Serge Ibaka is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Michael Rogers added Serge Ibaka Toronto Raptors

35
107 18
Kristaps Porzingis is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Kristaps Porzingis New York Knicks

36
79 103
Robin Lopez is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Robin Lopez Chicago Bulls

37
66 119
Zaza Pachulia is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Zaza Pachulia Golden State Warriors

38
51 149
Ömer Aşık is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Ömer Aşık New Orleans Pelicans

39
50 66
Bismack Biyombo is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
JoeAzar added Bismack Biyombo Orlando Magic

40
49 53
Willie Cauley-Stein is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
JoeAzar added Willie Cauley-Stein Sacramento Kings

41
65 113
Timofey Mozgov is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Timofey Mozgov Brooklyn Nets

42
53 80
Alex Len is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Alex Len Phoenix Suns

43
33 54
Frank Kaminsky is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
JoeAzar added Frank Kaminsky Charlotte Hornets

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44
38 63
Kelly Olynyk is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
JoeAzar added Kelly Olynyk Miami Heat

45
29 53
Gorgui Dieng is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Gorgui Dieng Minnesota Timberwolves

46
37 95
Kosta Koufos is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Kosta Koufos Sacramento Kings

47
30 85
Tyler Zeller is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Tyler Zeller Brooklyn Nets

48
27 43
Mason Plumlee is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Mason Plumlee Denver Nuggets

49
19 5
Clint Capela is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Clint Capela Houston Rockets

50
24 38
Cody Zeller is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Cody Zeller Charlotte Hornets