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Top 10 Best Centers in the NBA Today 2023

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by Riley Baines
NBA Top 10 Centers in the NBA Today 2023-12-22

Top 10 Best Centers in the NBA Today 2023

These are the best centers in the NBA today, ranked according to overall talent, production so far, and projected production going forward. This list will be updated as the season progresses. Injured players expected to be out for a long period of time are not included.

 

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#10 – Alperen Sengun

In 2023, Alperen Sengun is on track to live up to the hype and establish himself as one of the NBA’s premier centers. His momentum is undeniable, coming off a strong 2022-23 season and an impressive international performance with Turkey. Both analytics and the eye test have already recognized his potential, with high rankings in VORP, BPM, and WS/48, along with a captivating style of play. Under the guidance of first-year head coach Ime Udoka in Houston, Sengun is cementing his status as a rising star.

2023-24 Season Stats

Category Stat Rank
Points (PTS) 19.7 39th
Rebounds (REB) 8.9 20th
Assists (AST) 5.2 30th
Field Goal Percentage (FG%) 52.9% 25th

#9 – Nic Claxton

Nic Claxton just led the league in field-goal percentage and ranking second in nightly shot-blocks highlights his efficiency and defensive prowess. His near double-double average further emphasizes his all-around impact. Additionally, Claxton’s dominance in the pick-and-roll, with 1.36 points per possession and a place in the 90th percentile, showcases his elite skills in that aspect. While his offensive game is primarily around the basket, his shot-blocking, switch defense, and efficient finishing make him a valuable asset among the league’s top centers.

2023-24 Season Stats

Category Stat
Points (PTS) 11.8
Rebounds (REB) 9.2
Assists (AST) 1.4
Field Goal Percentage (FG%) 64.6%

#8 – Myles Turner

Myles Turner’s 2022-23 season saw him emerge as a top-10 center in the NBA. He ranked fifth in nightly shot-blocks with 2.3 per game and shot an impressive 37.3 percent from three, showcasing his two-way impact. Turner’s increased offensive role, raising his scoring to 18.0 points per game, along with his rim protection and floor-spacing ability, make him a valuable and underrated presence among the league’s centers.

2023-24 Season Stats

Category Stat Rank
Points (PTS) 16.8 56th
Rebounds (REB) 7.6 34th
Assists (AST) 1.2 150+
Field Goal Percentage (FG%) 50.3% 37th

#7 – Rudy Gobert

Rudy Gobert’s first year with the Minnesota Timberwolves had its challenges, as he adjusted to a new team and playing alongside Karl-Anthony Towns. While he had a relatively lower scoring average, his impact as a center still shines through in the statistics. Gobert maintained a near-elite field-goal percentage of nearly 66 percent and averaged a double-double, showcasing his efficiency and rebounding prowess. Right now Rudy Gobert best defensive player in the NBA at defending the paint.

2023-24 Season Stats

Category Stat Rank
Points (PTS) 12.5 103rd
Rebounds (REB) 12.1 4th
Assists (AST) 1.3 150+
Field Goal Percentage (FG%) 60.7% 7th

#6 – Bam Adebayo

Bam Adebayo is undeniably one of the NBA’s premier centers, landing at the No. 4 spot on our list.  Adebayo’s impact shines through his remarkable defensive skills and team success. A key player in two Miami Heat Finals appearances and a near miss, Adebayo’s defensive versatility, capable of guarding positions 1 through 5, sets him apart. His ability to contribute offensively with finishing at the rim, a midrange jumper, and playmaking further solidifies his status as a cornerstone for the Heat, despite advanced stats sometimes underrating his defensive prowess. Adebayo’s potential for growth, particularly in expanding his shooting range, makes him a dynamic force among NBA centers.

2023-24 Season Stats

Category Stat Rank
Points (PTS) 22.0
Rebounds (REB) 9.6
Assists (AST) 3.9
Field Goal Percentage (FG%) 51.4% 31st

#5 – Kristaps Porzingis

Kristaps Porzingis has solidified his place as one of the best centers in the NBA, following a career-best season with the Washington Wizards. Averaging 23.2 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 2.7 assists, he demonstrated his offensive prowess. His remarkable improvement as a 3-point shooter, hitting 38.5 percent, has added a lethal dimension to the Celtics’ 3-point-heavy system. Furthermore, Porzingis’ towering 7-foot-3 frame and shot-blocking ability make him a valuable rim protector, complemented by Boston’s perimeter defense, solidifying his status as a top-tier center.

2023-24 Season Stats

Category Stat Rank
Points (PTS) 19.2 40th
Rebounds (REB) 6.9 39th
Assists (AST) 1.7 150+
Field Goal Percentage (FG%) 52.9% 26th

#4 – Domantas Sabonis

Domantas Sabonis is one of the best centers in the NBA due to his historic offensive production, averaging 19/12/7 while shooting 61.5 percent from the field. His advanced stats highlight his impact, ranking him among the league’s elite. Sabonis possesses a unique combination of playmaking skills, efficient scoring, and rebounding, making him a formidable force in the league, despite his defensive shortcomings.

2023-24 Season Stats

Category Stat Rank
Points (PTS) 18.7 41st
Rebounds (REB) 12.2 3rd
Assists (AST) 7.2 9th
Field Goal Percentage (FG%) 57.4% 14th

#3 – Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis is undeniably one of the NBA’s premier centers due to his exceptional two-way skills. Last season, he was the sole player to average over 25 points and 12 rebounds per game while also excelling defensively with over two blocks and one steal per game. His rim protection and perimeter defense rank among the best in the position. Despite injury concerns that have occasionally sidelined him, Davis has consistently been in the MVP and Defensive Player of the Year conversations when healthy, showcasing his elite status as a game-changing force on both ends of the floor.

2023-24 Season Stats

Category Stat Rank
Points (PTS) 24.3 20th
Rebounds (REB) 12.4 1st
Assists (AST) 3.0 Tied-85th
Field Goal Percentage (FG%) 54.6% 17th

#2 – Nikola Jokic

Nikola Jokic, the reigning Finals MVP and widely regarded as the best player in the world, is undoubtedly one of the NBA’s premier centers. He may have missed out on regular-season MVP honors but led the Denver Nuggets to their first-ever championship with extraordinary playoff performances. Jokic’s postseason averages of 30.0 points, 13.5 rebounds, and 9.5 assists while shooting efficiently highlight his unrivaled versatility. He excels in scoring, rebounding, and playmaking, ranking first league-wide in VORP, BPM, and WS/48 last season, and at just 28 years old, his dominance in the league shows no signs of waning.

2023-24 Season Stats

Category Stat Rank
Points (PTS) 26.5 11th
Rebounds (REB) 12.4 2nd
Assists (AST) 9.3 3rd
Field Goal Percentage (FG%) 53.9% 21st

#1 – Joel Embiid

Joel Embiid’s status as one of the NBA’s best centers is unquestionable. He secured the league MVP in 2022-23 after leading in scoring for the second consecutive year. Embiid’s versatility is his hallmark, excelling in scoring both in the post and facing up, while also showcasing three-point shooting, athleticism, quickness, and ball-handling skills. Defensively, he is elite, particularly near the rim, with nearly two blocks per game and anchoring a Top 8 Philadelphia defense.

Embiid’s quest for team success remains a focus, given the Sixers’ playoff challenges. However, his propensity for tough shots in crucial moments and turnovers against elite defenses has been a hindrance.

2023-24 Season Stats

Category Stat Rank
Points (PTS) 35.1 1st
Rebounds (REB) 11.8 5th
Assists (AST) 5.9 19th
Field Goal Percentage (FG%) 54.1% 18th

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