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!

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2,216 1,251
DeMarcus Cousins is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
DeMarcus Cousins Golden State Warriors

2
1,865 751
Karl-Anthony Towns is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Karl Anthony Towns Minnesota Timberwolves

3
1,012 2,063
Marc Gasol is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Marc Gasol Memphis Grizzlies

4
1,133 1,283
Al Horford is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Al Horford Boston Celtics

5
1,278 1,063
Andre Drummond is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Andre Drummond Detroit Pistons

6
1,109 1,521
DeAndre Jordan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
DeAndre Jordan Dallas Mavericks

7
1,498 699
Rudy Gobert is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Rudy Gobert Utah Jazz

8
982 1,912
Dwight Howard is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Dwight Howard Washington Wizards

9
1,243 311
Nikola Jokic is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Nikola Jokic Denver Nuggets

10
1,230 561
Steven Adams is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Steven Adams Oklahoma City Thunder

11
1,378 92
Joel Embiid is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
LaSagnaBall added Joel Embiid Philadelphia 76ers

12
1,036 1,011
Hassan Whiteside is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
NicolasAvellaEscandon added Hassan Whiteside Miami Heat

13
1,741 249
Anthony Davis is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Anthony Davis New Orleans Pelicans

14
459 1,053
Brook Lopez is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Brook Lopez Milwaukee Bucks

The Top Current NBA Players

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509 884
Pau Gasol is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Pau Gasol San Antonio Spurs

16
566 534
Jonas Valančiūnas is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Jonas Valančiūnas Toronto Raptors

17
321 1,354
Joakim Noah is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Joakim Noah New York Knicks

18
475 600
Nikola Vučević is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
surag added Nikola Vučević Orlando Magic

19
551 403
Enes Kanter is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Enes Kanter New York Knicks

20
273 880
Tyson Chandler is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Tyson Chandler Phoenix Suns

22
289 895
Al Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Al Jefferson Xinjiang Flying Tigers

The Best Kurt Vonnegut Books

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672 67
Clint Capela is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Clint Capela Houston Rockets

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292 609
Greg Monroe is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Greg Monroe Toronto Raptors

25
305 635
Marcin Gortat is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Marcin Gortat Los Angeles Clippers

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595 213
Kevin Love is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Kevin Love Cleveland Cavaliers

27
485 134
Myles Turner is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Myles Turner Indiana Pacers

28
396 252
Jusuf Nurkić is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Jusuf Nurkić Portland Trail Blazers

29
353 479
JaVale McGee is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
JaVale McGee Los Angeles Lakers

Basketball Teams with the Most Annoying Fans

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258 513
Nenê is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Nenê Houston Rockets

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256 326
Nerlens Noel is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Nerlens Noel Oklahoma City Thunder

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167 487
Andrew Bogut is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Andrew Bogut Sydney Kings

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335 304
Tristan Thompson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Tristan Thompson Cleveland Cavaliers

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346 140
Serge Ibaka is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Michael Rogers added Serge Ibaka Toronto Raptors

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179 294
Jahlil Okafor is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Jahlil Okafor New Orleans Pelicans

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165 283
Robin Lopez is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Robin Lopez Chicago Bulls

The Creepiest Sports Mascots

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101 123
Aron Baynes is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
igor88 added Aron Baynes Boston Celtics

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126 211
Bismack Biyombo is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
JoeAzar added Bismack Biyombo Charlotte Hornets

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168 182
Willie Cauley-Stein is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
JoeAzar added Willie Cauley-Stein Sacramento Kings

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75 361
Ömer Aşık is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Ömer Aşık Chicago Bulls

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119 351
Zaza Pachulia is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Zaza Pachulia Detroit Pistons

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142 192
Kelly Olynyk is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
JoeAzar added Kelly Olynyk Miami Heat

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109 218
Alex Len is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Alex Len Atlanta Hawks

The Best Current NBA Dunkers

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97 198
Frank Kaminsky is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
JoeAzar added Frank Kaminsky Charlotte Hornets

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98 294
Timofey Mozgov is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Timofey Mozgov Orlando Magic

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84 196
Gorgui Dieng is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Gorgui Dieng Minnesota Timberwolves

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66 179
Cody Zeller is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Rusty Shackelford added Cody Zeller Charlotte Hornets

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147 75
Derrick Favors is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
Derrick Favors Utah Jazz

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142 88
Thon Maker is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
igor88 added Thon Maker Milwaukee Bucks

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115 79
Bam Adebayo is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Current NBA Centers
arnas added Bam Adebayo Miami Heat