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The Best NBA Centers Right Now 

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Updated November 22, 2019 92.1k votes 10.8k voters 143.1k views 51 items

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 Center from Yaoundé, Cameroon

Teams: Philadelphia 76ers

Number: 21

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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Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Power forward and Center from Chicago, Illinois

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers

Age: 26

Number: 3

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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Nikola Jokic is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Center from Sombor, Serbia

Teams: Denver Nuggets

Age: 24

Number: 15

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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#306 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #4 of 136 The Best European NBA Players of All Time #36 of 168 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time

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Karl-Anthony Towns is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Karl Anthony Towns

Teams: Minnesota Timberwolves

Number: 32

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) 5 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Center from Saint-Quentin, France

Teams: Utah Jazz

Age: 27

Number: 27

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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#365 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #14 of 136 The Best European NBA Players of All Time #49 of 168 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time

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Steven Adams is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Center from Rotorua, New Zealand

Teams: Oklahoma City Thunder

Age: 26

Number: 12

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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#275 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #62 of 168 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time #41 of 243 The Best White Players in NBA History

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Clint Capela is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Clint Capela

Teams: Houston Rockets

Number: 15

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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#373 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #82 of 136 The Best European NBA Players of All Time #72 of 168 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time

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DeMarcus Cousins is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Center from Mobile, Alabama, United States of America

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers

Age: 29

Number: 15

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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Myles Turner is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Myles Turner

Teams: Indiana Pacers

Number: 33

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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#374 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #103 of 168 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time #67 of 95 The Most Overrated Players In The NBA Today

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Andre Drummond is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Power forward and Center from Mount Vernon, New York

Teams: Detroit Pistons

Age: 26

Number: 0

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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Jusuf Nurkić is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Center from Živinice, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Teams: Portland Trail Blazers

Age: 25

Number: 27

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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Nikola Vučević is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
surag added Power forward and Center from Morges, Switzerland

Teams: Orlando Magic

Age: 29

Number: 9

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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#281 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #16 of 136 The Best European NBA Players of All Time #89 of 168 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time

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Enes Kanter is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Power forward and Center from Zürich, Switzerland

Teams: Boston Celtics

Age: 27

Number: 11

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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Hassan Whiteside is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
NicolasAvellaEscandon added Center from Gastonia, North Carolina

Teams: Portland Trail Blazers

Age: 30

Number: 21

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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#223 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #61 of 168 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time #29 of 95 The Most Overrated Players In The NBA Today

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Kevin Love is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Power forward and Center from Santa Monica, California, United States of America

Teams: Cleveland Cavaliers

Age: 31

Number: 42

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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Bam Adebayo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
arnas added

Teams: Miami Heat

Number: 13

Edrice Femi "Bam" Adebayo (born July 18, 1997) is an American professional basketball player for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college ...more

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Serge Ibaka is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Michael Rogers added Power forward and Center from Brazzaville, Congo

Teams: Toronto Raptors

Age: 30

Number: 9

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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Jarrett Allen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now

Teams: Brooklyn Nets

Number: 31

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
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Jonas Valančiūnas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Center from Utena, Lithuania

Teams: Memphis Grizzlies

Age: 27

Number: 17

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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#347 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #23 of 136 The Best European NBA Players of All Time #98 of 168 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time

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Al Horford is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Center from Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

Teams: Philadelphia 76ers

Age: 33

Number: 42

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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Montrezl Harrell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Forward from Tarboro, North Carolina

Teams: Los Angeles Clippers

Age: 25

Number: 5

Montrezl Dashay Harrell (born January 26, 1994) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college ...more
22
Tristan Thompson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Power forward from Brampton, Canada

Teams: Cleveland Cavaliers

Age: 28

Number: 13

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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LaMarcus Aldridge is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Power forward and Center from Dallas, Texas

Teams: San Antonio Spurs

Age: 34

Number: 12

LaMarcus Nurae Aldridge (born July 19, 1985) is an American professional basketball player for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The power forward played ...more

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Boban Marjanović is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
igor88 added Center from Zaječar, Serbia

Teams: Dallas Mavericks

Age: 31

Number: 51

Boban Marjanović (Serbian Cyrillic: Бобан Марјановић; born August 15, 1988) is a Serbian professional basketball player for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He ...more

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#418 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #28 of 136 The Best European NBA Players of All Time #84 of 168 The Greatest NBA Centers of All Time

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Derrick Favors is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Centers Right Now
Power forward and Center from Atlanta, Georgia

Teams: New Orleans Pelicans

Age: 28

Number: 22

Derrick Bernard Favors (born July 15, 1991) is an American professional basketball player for the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Favors played college ...more

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