July 11, 2012

Ranking NBA Players By Position: Centers

#12 Dwight Howard, C, Magic

PG | SG | SF | PF | C

With the 2011-12 season over, I'll be ranking the best players in the NBA by position. A combination of factors including: season/career averages, efficiency, durability, etc., play a factor.



1. Dwight Howard, Los Angeles Lakers
Height: 6-11 | Weight: 265 lbs.
Age: 26 | Experience: 8 Years


2011-12 Season Averages:
20.6 PPG, 14.5 RPG, 1.9 APG, 2.1 BPG, 3.2 TOPG, (57% FG), (49% FT)

Career Averages:
18.4 PPG, 12.9 RPG, 1.5 APG, 2.2 BPG, 3.1 TOPG, (58% FG), (59% FT)

Analysis: Dwight Howard is the most dominant big man in the game. He gets after it on the defensive end, but still can improve on the offensive end. His reputation is being diminished the more his soap opera continues, but that doesn't take away from him being a great player.





2. Andrew Bynum, Philadelphia 76ers
Height: 7-0 | Weight: 285 lbs.
Age: 24 | Experience: 7 Years


2011-12 Season Averages:
18.7 PPG, 11.8 RPG, 1.4 APG, 1.9 BPG, 2.5 TOPG, (56% FG), (69% FT)

Career Averages:
11.7 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 1.2 APG, 1.6 BPG, 1.6 TOPG, (57% FG), (69% FT)

Analysis: Andrew Bynum still has some maturing to do, but once he does that, he could be considered the best center in the league. He has a better offensive game than Howard, and the fact that he was healthy this past season is a good sign.





3. Marc Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies
Height: 7-1 | Weight: 265 lbs.
Age: 27 | Experience: 4 Years


2011-12 Season Averages:
14.6 PPG, 8.9 RPG, 3.1 APG, 1.9 BPG, 1.9 TOPG, (48% FG), (75% FT)

Career Averages:
13.1 PPG, 8.1 RPG, 2.4 APG, 1.5 BPG, 1.9 TOPG, (53% FG), (72% FT)

Analysis: Marc Gasol like his older brother, is skilled on the offensive end, but he is much better on the defensive end. He is proving to be one of the league's best centers.





4. Andrew Bogut, Golden State Warriors
Height: 7-0 | Weight: 260 lbs.
Age: 27 | Experience: 7 Years


2011-12 Season Averages:
11.3 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 2.6 APG, 2.0 BPG, 2.0 TOPG, (45% FG), (61% FT)

Career Averages:
12.7 PPG, 9.3 RPG, 2.3 APG, 1.6 BPG, 2.0 TOPG, (52% FG), (57% FT)

Analysis: A healthy Andrew Bogut is also one of the league's best centers. He is a consistent double-double guy, and he defends, rebounds, and blocks shots as well as anyone in the league.





5. Al Jefferson, Utah Jazz
Height: 6-10 | Weight: 289 lbs.
Age: 27 | Experience: 8 Years


2011-12 Season Averages:
19.2 PPG, 9.6 RPG, 2.2 APG, 1.7 BPG, 1.0 TOPG, (49% FG), (77% FT)

Career Averages:
16.2 PPG, 8.9 RPG, 1.4 APG, 1.4 BPG, 1.5 TOPG, (50% FG), (71% FT)

Analysis: Al Jefferson is a pretty dominant center. Even in Boston he played very well as a starter, and is putting up excellent numbers in Utah, averaging 19 and 10 this past season.





6. Al Horford, Atlanta Hawks
Height: 6-10 | Weight: 250 lbs.
Age: 26 | Experience: 5 Years


2011-12 Season Averages:
12.4 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 2.2 APG, 1.3 BPG, 1.5 TOPG, (55% FG), (73% FT)

Career Averages:
12.8 PPG, 9.4 RPG, 2.4 APG, 1.1 BPG, 1.6 TOPG, (54% FG), (76% FT)

Analysis: I'd like to have Al Horford higher on this list. He is pretty underrated, a center with a great mid-range and low post game, an above average defender and solid rebounder. He'll most likely prove to be a top 3-5 center this upcoming season if he stays healthy.





7. Roy Hibbert, Indiana Pacers
Height: 7-2 | Weight: 260 lbs.
Age: 25 | Experience: 4 Years


2011-12 Season Averages:
12.8 PPG, 8.8 RPG, 1.7 APG, 2.0 BPG, 2.0 TOPG, (50% FG), (71% FT)

Career Averages:
11.1 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 1.6 APG, 1.6 BPG, 1.7 TOPG, (48% FG), (73% FT)

Analysis: Roy Hibbert had a career year for Indiana. He is a legit 7-2, and was voted into the All-Star game this past season. He rebounds, defends, and averaged almost 13 points per game. Another good year for Hibbert could make him a top 5 center.





8. Marcin Gortat, Phoenix Suns
Height: 6-11 | Weight: 240 lbs.
Age: 28 | Experience: 5 Years


2011-12 Season Averages:
15.4 PPG, 10.0 RPG, 0.9 APG, 1.5 BPG, 1.4 TOPG, (56% FG), (65% FT)

Career Averages:
8.1 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 0.5 APG, 1.1 BPG, 0.8 TOPG, (56% FG), (67% FT)

Analysis: I admit, this is a little high for a guy who doesn't have the starting experience as some of the other guys on the list, not to mention he had Steve Nash feeding him the ball. He is pretty skilled for a big man, and averaging 15 and 10 in his first season as a full-time starter is impressive.





9. Tyson Chandler, New York Knicks
Height: 7-1 | Weight: 240 lbs.
Age: 29 | Experience: 11 Years


2011-12 Season Averages:
11.3 PPG, 9.9 RPG, 0.9 APG, 1.4 BPG, 1.6 TOPG, (68% FG), (69% FT)

Career Averages:
8.6 PPG, 9.0 RPG, 0.8 APG, 1.4 BPG, 1.6 TOPG, (58% FG), (63% FT)

Analysis: One of the best defensive centers in the league, Chandler's absence in Dallas showed how weak they were in the middle, while he nearly averaged a double-double in New York. He isn't the best center, but he is very good and top 10 for sure.





10. Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls
Height: 6-11 | Weight: 232 lbs.
Age: 27 | Experience: 5 Years


2011-12 Season Averages:
10.2 PPG, 9.8 RPG, 2.5 APG, 1.4 BPG, 1.4 TOPG, (51% FG), (75% FT)

Career Averages:
8.9 PPG, 8.6 RPG, 1.8 APG, 1.3 BPG, 1.4 TOPG, (51% FG), (72% FT)

Analysis: Noah has proved many NBA guys wrong in his young career, proving to be very important to the Bulls. Putting up pretty good numbers so far in his career, Noah should still look to improve offensively, but is currently one of the game's best young centers.





11. DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings
Height: 6-11 | Weight: 270 lbs.
Age: 21 | Experience: 2 Years


2011-12 Season Averages:
18.1 PPG, 10.9 RPG, 1.6 APG, 1.2 BPG, 2.7 TOPG, (45% FG), (70% FT)

Career Averages:
15.9 PPG, 9.6 RPG, 2.1 APG, 1.0 BPG, 3.0 TOPG, (44% FG), (69% FT)

Analysis: Cousins is almost ready to be mentioned among the game's best centers. His field goal % needs to improve, but another big season for Cousins will almost certainly make him a top 10 center at the least.





12. Greg Monroe, Detroit Pistons
Height: 6-11 | Weight: 250 lbs.
Age: 22 | Experience: 2 Years


2011-12 Season Averages:
15.4 PPG, 9.6 RPG, 2.3 APG, 0.7 BPG, 2.4 TOPG, (52% FG), (74% FT)

Career Averages:
12.1 PPG, 8.4 RPG, 1.8 APG, 0.6 BPG, 1.7 TOPG, (53% FG), (69% FT)

Analysis: Similar to Cousins, Monroe is almost ready to be mentioned as a top 10 center. Another strong year for him will make sure he is mentioned among the game's best.





13. NenĂª, Washington Wizards
Height: 6-11 | Weight: 250 lbs.
Age: 29 | Experience: 10 Years


2011-12 Season Averages:
13.7 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 1.9 APG, 1.0 BPG, 2.1 TOPG, (54% FG), (67% FT)

Career Averages:
12.4 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 1.8 APG, 0.9 BPG, 2.0 TOPG, (56% FG), (68% FT)

Analysis: NenĂª is a bit overrated to me, especially based on his production. But he is a good all-around center, who can help the Wizards become a playoff team in the future.





14. Brook Lopez, Brooklyn Nets
Height: 7-0 | Weight: 265 lbs.
Age: 24 | Experience: 4 Years


2011-12 Season Averages:
19.2 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 1.2 APG, 0.8 BPG, 1.2 TOPG, (49% FG), (63% FT)

Career Averages:
17.4 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 1.6 APG, 1.6 BPG, 2.1 TOPG, (50% FG), (80% FT)

Analysis: Brook Lopez is one of the most talented Centers in the league. What holds him back is that he is not a great rebounder, but offensively, he can easily average 20 points a night. Despite concerns, he is a good player to build a franchise around.





15. Chris Kaman, Dallas Mavericks
Height: 7-0 | Weight: 265 lbs.
Age: 30 | Experience: 9 Years


2011-12 Season Averages:
13.1 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 2.1 APG, 1.6 BPG, 2.7 TOPG, (45% FG), (79% FT)

Career Averages:
11.9 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 1.4 APG, 1.5 BPG, 2.3 TOPG, (48% FG), (74% FT)

Analysis: Chris Kama has struggled to stay healthy in his career. When he is, he is a pretty good center who can put up good numbers. He just needs to be in the right situation in order for a team to get the best out of him.