NBA 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 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, 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!

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2,607 1,992
DeMarcus Cousins is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Golden State Warriors
DeMarcus Amir Cousins is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball at the ...more
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2,741 289
Joel Embiid is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
LaSagnaBall added Philadelphia 76ers
Joel-Hans Embiid is a Cameroonian professional basketball player who plays for the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association. The 76ers drafted Embiid third overall in the 2014 ...more
3
2,340 1,166
Karl-Anthony Towns is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Minnesota Timberwolves
Karl-Anthony Towns Jr. is a Dominican-American professional basketball player for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the ...more
4
1,958 435
Nikola Jokic is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Denver Nuggets
Nikola Jokić is a Serbian professional basketball player for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He also represents the Serbian national basketball team ...more
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1,387 1,688
Al Horford is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Boston Celtics
Alfred Joel Horford Reynoso is a Dominican professional basketball player for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the University of ...more
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1,914 957
Rudy Gobert is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Utah Jazz
Rudy Gobert is a French professional basketball player who currently plays for the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association. He also represents the French national basketball team in the ...more
7
1,583 1,431
Andre Drummond is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Detroit Pistons
Andre Jamal Drummond is an American professional basketball player who plays with the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association. He was one of the top rated basketball players in ...more
8
1,180 2,578
Marc Gasol is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Toronto Raptors
Marc Gasol Sáez (born 29 January 1985) is a Spanish professional basketball player for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was drafted 48th overall by the ...more
9
1,303 1,946
DeAndre Jordan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
New York Knicks
Hyland DeAndre Jordan Jr. is an American professional basketball player for the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played one season of college basketball for Texas ...more
10
2,454 311
Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
New Orleans Pelicans
Anthony Marshon Davis, Jr. is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association. He plays the power forward and ...more
11
1,104 2,454
Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Washington Wizards
Dwight David Howard is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association. Howard, who plays center, had an outstanding high ...more
12
1,756 698
Steven Adams is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Oklahoma City Thunder
Steven Funaki Adams is a New Zealand professional basketball player who currently plays for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association. After playing college basketball for ...more
13
1,248 1,245
Hassan Whiteside is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
NicolasAvellaEscandon added Miami Heat
Hassan Niam Whiteside is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball for the Marshall ...more
14
708 736
Nikola Vučević is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
surag added Philadelphia 76ers
Nikola Vučević is a Montenegrin professional basketball player who currently plays for Orlando Magic of the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball for the University of ...more
15
563 1,311
Brook Lopez is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
New Jersey Nets
Brook Lopez is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association. He is the twin brother of basketball player Robin ...more
16
736 706
Jonas Valančiūnas is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Toronto Raptors
Jonas Valančiūnas (born 6 May 1992) is a Lithuanian professional basketball player for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was selected by the Toronto Raptors ...more
17
1,034 126
Clint Capela is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Houston Rockets
Clint N'Dumba-Capela is a Swiss professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). On June 26, 2014, Capela was selected with the 25th overall ...more
18
581 1,126
Pau Gasol is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
San Antonio Spurs
Pau Gasol Sáez is a Spanish professional basketball player who currently plays for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association. He is a five-time NBA All-Star, and a ...more
19
356 1,712
Joakim Noah is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Memphis Grizzlies
Joakim Simon Noah is a professional basketball player for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association.
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340 1,106
Tyson Chandler is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Los Angeles Lakers
Tyson Cleotis Chandler (born October 2, 1982) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Chandler was the second ...more
21
700 182
Myles Turner is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
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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590 317
Jusuf Nurkić is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Portland Trail Blazers
Jusuf Nurkić 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 tall and weighing 280 ...more
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710 536
Enes Kanter is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Utah Jazz
Enes Kanter is a Turkish professional basketball player for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association. Standing at 6 ft 11 in, he plays at the center position.
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334 791
Greg Monroe is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Toronto Raptors
Gregory Keith Monroe Jr. (born June 4, 1990) is an American professional basketball player who is currently a free agent. In his freshman season at Georgetown University, Monroe was named Big ...more
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798 291
Kevin Love is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Cleveland Cavaliers
Kevin Wesley Love is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association. He is a three-time All-Star and holds the ...more