I decided to write an article that talks about my rankings for the Top 10 players of every position. This article is going to focus on the Top 10 Centers of 2015 in the NBA as of right now. Stats are everything in this debate. Team success/expectations do play some role, but not a huge one. Some big names are struggling right now, as well as their teams, and therefore, did not make the list. This will probably not be the last time I do this sort of article this season so there is a chance that they make it later down in the season. With that said, let us see who I have ranked from #10-#6!
- Tim Duncan – San Antonio Spurs 9.2ppg, 8.2rpg, 1.4bpg, 17.99 PER
- Al Jefferson – Charlotte Hornets 13.7ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.1bpg, 19.86 PER
- Marcin Gortat – Washington Wizards 12.6ppg, 9.1rpg, 1.2bpg, 16.87 PER
- Dwight Howard – Houston Rockets 12.7ppg, 11.8rpg, 1.8bpg, 18.66 PER
- DeAndre Jordan – Los Angeles Clippers 10.8ppg, 13.2rpg, 2.4bpg, 19.47 PER
- Marc Gasol – Memphis Grizzlies 16.1ppg, 7.8rpg, 4.0apg, 1.2bpg, 17.43 PER
- Jahlil Okafor – Philadelphia 76ers 17.9ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.4bpg, 15.92 PER
#10 Al Horford (Atlanta Hawks)
The 6’10” 245lbs Center from Florida is sitting at #10. In 28 games played, Horford is averaging 15.4 points per game, 7.2 rebounds per game, 1.5 blocks per game, with an Player Efficiency Rating of 20.23. The league average of PER is 15.00 so he is above league average. Horford is currently shooting .488% from the field and .337% from the three point line. The .488% from the field is currently the lowest shooting percentage of his 8 year career in the NBA. His three point shooting is right around his career average of .331%. The Atlanta Hawks are currently sitting outside the playoffs with a 16-12 record after finishing 1st in the Eastern Conference last season. Al Horford hopes to lead the Hawks back to what they were doing last season that made them such a dominant team. They need to look for help else where as Horford is averaging about the same across the board (minus shooting percentage) as last season. We will have to see if Horford is going to move up the list, down the list, or stay the same when I do this list over again.
#9 Greg Monroe (Milwaukee Bucks)
This is Monroe’s first year being on the Milwaukee Bucks. He was with the Detroit Pistons last year as a Power Forward and joined the Milwaukee Bucks over the offseason and is playing his more natural position, center. The Bucks are struggling. A lot of people had high hopes for the Bucks as they were a surprisingly good team that finished with a record of 41-41 and put up a good fight in the playoffs. With the addition of Monroe, they were suppose to get even better. Right now they are sitting at 13th out of the 15 teams in the Eastern Conference with a record of 10-18. Injuries have not helped this team but Greg Monroe has had a pretty good season in his first season with the Bucks. He is near his career high of 16.0 points per game, putting up 15.9 points per game this season. He should only increase that when he gets even more acclimated to his new teammates. His rebounds per game is almost a career high at 10.0. His assists per game, blocks per game, and steals per game are all near his career averages as well. His shooting percentage is the highest since his rookie year in 2010-2011. He’s shooting .521% this season. Also, he is putting up a PER of 22.69. Again, the league average is 15.00 so he is well above the league average. With those stats, that is why he is ranked #9. Let’s see who else is ranked above him.
#8 Karl Anthony-Towns (Minnesota Timberwolves)
I have a rookie in the Top 10? What?!? He is has been playing right well at the Timberwolves really are not that bad this year. Want proof? They finished with 16 wins last season. Only 26 games in this season, they have 10. They will pass that 16 win mark from last season easily. Andrew Wiggins is the face of the franchise but Towns is the second one. The #1 overall pick is putting up averages of 15.4ppg, 9.0rpg, 2.0bpg, and a PER of 22.29. The 20 year old was mainly thought of as a defensive player when he was drafted but he’s been showing some offensive skills in the post as well as some range from behind the three point line. Towns is shooting .535% from the field and .455% from the three point line. Now, he is not shooting a whole bunch of threes. He is averaging 0.8 a game but still. He has taken 22 threes this year and has made 10. If he can continue to make threes, that will bring a whole different element to his game that will make him a dangerous player to play on a nightly basis.
#7 Hassan Whiteside (Miami Heat)
Hassan Whiteside is averaging career high’s across the board, minus field goal percentage. Whiteside is putting up averages of 12.3 points per game, 10.7 rebounds per game, 4.0 blocks per game, and .510% from the free throw line. He is shooting .620% from the field and is putting up a PER of 24.39. The .510% from the free throw line is not very impressive just to clarify. The 4.0 blocks per game is an impressive stat line though. Whiteside even put up a triple-double this season against the Minnesota Timberwolves with a line of 22pts, 14rebs, and 10blocks. At the age of 26, he is going through his prime. His NBA experience is only 3 years. He should continue to improve his stats and maybe, just maybe, he’ll make his way up the list.
#6 Nikola Vucevic (Orlando Magic)
Last season, Vucevic was an All-Star snub. This year, he’s not doing as well. His scoring has dropped from 19.3ppg to 15.9ppg. His rebounding has dropped from 10.9rpg to 8.7rpg. His shooting percentage has also dropped from .523% from the field to .514% from the field. The only thing he has improved on, is blocks per game. He’s gone from 0.7 to 1.1 this year. Here’s to hoping Vucevic improves his game and gets back to that All-Star level he was on last year where I believed he should of been an All-Star. The Magic as a whole are improving. Last year, they finished with a 25 wins. This year, 26 games in, they currently have 15 wins, so they are sure to pass last seasons total.