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.

While DeMarcus Cousins might be the overwhelming favorite as the best center in the NBA, 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 top 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!

1
2,326 1,362
DeMarcus Cousins is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
DeMarcus Cousins Golden State Warriors

2
1,992 830
Karl-Anthony Towns is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Karl Anthony Towns Minnesota Timberwolves

3
1,202 1,394
Al Horford is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Al Horford Boston Celtics

4
1,046 2,219
Marc Gasol is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Marc Gasol Memphis Grizzlies

5
1,352 1,151
Andre Drummond is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Andre Drummond Detroit Pistons

6
1,160 1,644
DeAndre Jordan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
DeAndre Jordan Dallas Mavericks

7
1,609 741
Rudy Gobert is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Rudy Gobert Utah Jazz

8
1,018 2,051
Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Dwight Howard Washington Wizards

9
1,365 334
Nikola Jokic is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Nikola Jokic Denver Nuggets

10
1,348 597
Steven Adams is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Steven Adams Oklahoma City Thunder

11
1,607 103
Joel Embiid is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
LaSagnaBall added Joel Embiid Philadelphia 76ers

12
1,086 1,070
Hassan Whiteside is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
NicolasAvellaEscandon added Hassan Whiteside Miami Heat

13
1,897 258
Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Anthony Davis New Orleans Pelicans

14
477 1,121
Brook Lopez is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Brook Lopez Milwaukee Bucks

15
523 945
Pau Gasol is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Pau Gasol San Antonio Spurs

16
616 562
Jonas Valančiūnas is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Jonas Valančiūnas Toronto Raptors

17
329 1,440
Joakim Noah is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Joakim Noah New York Knicks

18
508 630
Nikola Vučević is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
surag added Nikola Vučević Orlando Magic

19
581 429
Enes Kanter is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Enes Kanter New York Knicks

20
289 927
Tyson Chandler is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Tyson Chandler Phoenix Suns

21
297 939
Al Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Al Jefferson Xinjiang Flying Tigers

23
765 72
Clint Capela is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Clint Capela Houston Rockets

24
307 641
Greg Monroe is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Greg Monroe Toronto Raptors

25
313 668
Marcin Gortat is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Marcin Gortat Los Angeles Clippers

26
642 220
Kevin Love is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Kevin Love Cleveland Cavaliers

27
526 139
Myles Turner is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Myles Turner Indiana Pacers

28
427 263
Jusuf Nurkić is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Jusuf Nurkić Portland Trail Blazers

29
371 505
JaVale McGee is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
JaVale McGee Los Angeles Lakers

30
266 542
Nenê is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Nenê Houston Rockets

31
267 347
Nerlens Noel is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Nerlens Noel Oklahoma City Thunder

32
169 517
Andrew Bogut is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Andrew Bogut Sydney Kings

33
356 321
Tristan Thompson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Tristan Thompson Cleveland Cavaliers

34
374 148
Serge Ibaka is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Michael Rogers added Serge Ibaka Toronto Raptors

35
187 315
Jahlil Okafor is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Jahlil Okafor New Orleans Pelicans

36
171 301
Robin Lopez is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Robin Lopez Chicago Bulls

37
135 222
Bismack Biyombo is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
JoeAzar added Bismack Biyombo Charlotte Hornets

38
178 193
Willie Cauley-Stein is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
JoeAzar added Willie Cauley-Stein Sacramento Kings

39
106 140
Aron Baynes is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
igor88 added Aron Baynes Boston Celtics

40
77 379
Ömer Aşık is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Ömer Aşık Chicago Bulls

41
123 377
Zaza Pachulia is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Zaza Pachulia Detroit Pistons

42
150 206
Kelly Olynyk is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
JoeAzar added Kelly Olynyk Miami Heat

43
103 209
Frank Kaminsky is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
JoeAzar added Frank Kaminsky Charlotte Hornets

44
110 230
Alex Len is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Alex Len Atlanta Hawks

45
89 207
Gorgui Dieng is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Gorgui Dieng Minnesota Timberwolves

46
99 307
Timofey Mozgov is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Timofey Mozgov Orlando Magic

47
163 81
Derrick Favors is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Derrick Favors Utah Jazz

48
72 188
Cody Zeller is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Rusty Shackelford added Cody Zeller Charlotte Hornets

49
154 94
Thon Maker is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
igor88 added Thon Maker Milwaukee Bucks

50
128 86
Bam Adebayo is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
arnas added Bam Adebayo Miami Heat