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The Best NBA Centers Right Now  

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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 Joel Embiid 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, 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, DeMarcus Cousins, 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 Embiid and Cousins or the great centers who 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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Joel Embiid is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
LaSagnaBall added Philadelphia 76ers
Joel Hans Embiid (born 16 March 1994) is a Cameroonian professional basketball player for the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). After one year of college ...more
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Karl-Anthony Towns is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Karl Anthony Towns Minnesota Timberwolves
Karl-Anthony Towns Jr. (born November 15, 1995) is a Dominican-American professional basketball player for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played ...more
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Rudy Gobert is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Utah Jazz
Rudy Gobert-Bourgarel (born June 26, 1992) is a French professional basketball player for the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He also represents the French national ...more
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Nikola Jokic is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Denver Nuggets
Nikola Jokić (born February 19, 1995) is a Serbian professional basketball player for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He also represents the Serbian national ...more
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Andre Drummond is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Detroit Pistons
Andre Jamal Drummond (born August 10, 1993) is an American professional basketball player for the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was one of the top rated ...more
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Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Los Angeles Lakers
Anthony Marshon Davis Jr. (born March 11, 1993) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He plays the power forward ...more
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Steven Adams is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Oklahoma City Thunder
Steven Funaki Adams (born 20 July 1993) is a New Zealand professional basketball player for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association (NBA). After playing one season with ...more
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DeMarcus Cousins is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Los Angeles Lakers
DeMarcus Amir Cousins (born August 13, 1990) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Nicknamed "Boogie", ...more
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DeAndre Jordan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Brooklyn Nets
Hyland DeAndre Jordan Jr. (born July 21, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played one season of college ...more
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Marc Gasol is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Toronto Raptors
Marc Gasol Sáez (Catalan pronunciation: [ˈmaɾɡ ɡəˈzɔl]; born 29 January 1985) is a Spanish professional basketball player for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association ...more
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Al Horford is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Philadelphia 76ers
Alfred Joel Horford Reynoso (born June 3, 1986) is a Dominican professional basketball player for the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball for ...more
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Hassan Whiteside is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
NicolasAvellaEscandon added Portland Trail Blazers
Hassan Niam Whiteside (born June 13, 1989) is an American professional basketball player for the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball ...more
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Clint Capela is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Clint Capela Houston Rockets
Clint N'Dumba-Capela (born May 18, 1994) is a Swiss professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). On June 26, 2014, Capela was selected ...more
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Nikola Vučević is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
surag added Orlando Magic
Nikola Vučević (born 24 October 1990) is a Montenegrin professional basketball player who currently plays for Orlando Magic of the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball ...more
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Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Los Angeles Lakers
Dwight David Howard (born December 8, 1985) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is an eight-time All-Star, ...more
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Myles Turner is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Myles Turner Indiana Pacers
Myles Christian Turner (born March 24, 1996) is an American professional basketball player for the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played one season for the Texas ...more
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Jonas Valančiūnas is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Memphis Grizzlies
Jonas Valančiūnas (Lithuanian pronunciation: ​[ˈjoːnɐs vɐɫɐnʲˈtɕûːnɐs]; born 6 May 1992) is a Lithuanian professional basketball player for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball ...more
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Jusuf Nurkić is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Portland Trail Blazers
Jusuf Nurkić (born August 23, 1994) is a Bosnian professional basketball player who currently plays for the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association. Standing at 6 ft 11 in ...more
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Enes Kanter is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Boston Celtics
Enes Kanter (Turkish: [eˈnes kanˈtæɾ]; born May 20, 1992) is a Swiss-born Turkish professional basketball player for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was ...more
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Kevin Love is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Cleveland Cavaliers
Kevin Wesley Love (born September 7, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is a five-time All-Star and ...more
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Brook Lopez is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Milwaukee Bucks
Brook Robert Lopez (born April 1, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was selected 10th overall by the ...more
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Serge Ibaka is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Michael Rogers added Toronto Raptors
Serge Jonas Ibaka Ngobila (; born 18 September 1989) is a Congolese-Spanish professional basketball player for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Ibaka was drafted ...more
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Tristan Thompson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Cleveland Cavaliers
Tristan Trevor James Thompson (born March 13, 1991) is a Canadian professional basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played one season of ...more
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Tyson Chandler is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Houston Rockets
Tyson Cleotis Chandler (born October 2, 1982) is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Chandler was the ...more
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Jarrett Allen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Brooklyn Nets
Jarrett Allen (born April 21, 1998) is an American professional basketball player for the Brooklyn Nets for the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Texas ...more