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 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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1,633 816
DeMarcus Cousins is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
DeMarcus Cousins New Orleans Pelicans

2
1,290 428
Karl-Anthony Towns is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Karl Anthony Towns Minnesota Timberwolves

3
840 1,364
Marc Gasol is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Marc Gasol Memphis Grizzlies

4
889 668
Andre Drummond is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Andre Drummond Detroit Pistons

5
836 1,024
DeAndre Jordan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
DeAndre Jordan Los Angeles Clippers

6
776 847
Al Horford is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Al Horford Boston Celtics

7
752 1,284
Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Dwight Howard Charlotte Hornets

8
940 497
Rudy Gobert is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Rudy Gobert Utah Jazz

9
818 641
Hassan Whiteside is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
NicolasAvellaEscandon added Hassan Whiteside Miami Heat

10
739 183
Nikola Jokic is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Nikola Jokic Denver Nuggets

11
863 312
Steven Adams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Steven Adams Oklahoma City Thunder

12
1,082 205
Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Anthony Davis New Orleans Pelicans

13
572 48
Joel Embiid is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
LaSagnaBall added Joel Embiid Philadelphia 76ers

14
383 754
Brook Lopez is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Brook Lopez Los Angeles Lakers

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415 631
Pau Gasol is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Pau Gasol San Antonio Spurs

17
412 347
Jonas Valančiūnas is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Jonas Valančiūnas Toronto Raptors

18
352 429
Nikola Vučević is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
surag added Nikola Vučević Orlando Magic

19
284 995
Joakim Noah is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Joakim Noah New York Knicks

20
221 641
Tyson Chandler is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Tyson Chandler Phoenix Suns

21
251 660
Al Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Al Jefferson Indiana Pacers

22
364 273
Enes Kanter is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Enes Kanter New York Knicks

The Best Current Wing Players in the NBA

23
233 446
Greg Monroe is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Greg Monroe Milwaukee Bucks

24
250 461
Marcin Gortat is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Marcin Gortat Washington Wizards

25
273 173
Jusuf Nurkić is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Jusuf Nurkić Portland Trail Blazers

26
346 135
Kevin Love is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Kevin Love Cleveland Cavaliers

27
287 93
Myles Turner is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Myles Turner Indiana Pacers

28
191 588
Roy Hibbert is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Roy Hibbert Denver Nuggets

29
299 41
Clint Capela is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Clint Capela Houston Rockets

The Best Current NBA Passers

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203 380
Nenê is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Nenê Houston Rockets

31
236 363
JaVale McGee is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
JaVale McGee Golden State Warriors

32
139 331
Andrew Bogut is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Andrew Bogut Los Angeles Lakers

33
185 226
Nerlens Noel is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Nerlens Noel Dallas Mavericks

34
356 60
Kristaps Porzingis is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Kristaps Porzingis New York Knicks

35
215 201
Tristan Thompson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Tristan Thompson Cleveland Cavaliers

36
202 95
Serge Ibaka is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Michael Rogers added Serge Ibaka Toronto Raptors

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145 200
Jahlil Okafor is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Jahlil Okafor Philadelphia 76ers

38
125 204
Robin Lopez is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Robin Lopez Chicago Bulls

39
66 268
Ömer Aşık is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Ömer Aşık New Orleans Pelicans

40
97 238
Zaza Pachulia is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Zaza Pachulia Golden State Warriors

41
87 146
Bismack Biyombo is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
JoeAzar added Bismack Biyombo Orlando Magic

42
111 117
Willie Cauley-Stein is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
JoeAzar added Willie Cauley-Stein Sacramento Kings

43
99 131
Kelly Olynyk is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
JoeAzar added Kelly Olynyk Miami Heat

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46 69
Aron Baynes is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
igor88 added Aron Baynes

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88 152
Alex Len is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Alex Len Phoenix Suns

46
81 216
Timofey Mozgov is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Timofey Mozgov Brooklyn Nets

47
61 127
Gorgui Dieng is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Gorgui Dieng Minnesota Timberwolves

48
50 108
Cody Zeller is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Rusty Shackelford added Cody Zeller Charlotte Hornets

49
65 136
Frank Kaminsky is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
JoeAzar added Frank Kaminsky Charlotte Hornets

50
53 182
Kosta Koufos is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Kosta Koufos Sacramento Kings