They say that the big man is a thing of the past in the NBA. With today’s game trending towards the “positionless basketball” movement and the three-pointer being a dominant part of NBA offenses, many feel that there is no longer a need for the traditional center in the league. Even though roles have changed, the big man is still a big part of today’s game. The league has some elite centers that can not only play inside the paint but they can also shoot from the perimeter as well. Let’s rank today’s centers so you can keep betting against their NBA odds.
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1. Nikola Jokic – Dallas Mavericks
Jokic is one of the top MVP contenders this season. His versatility, along with his passing ability, makes him one of the best centers in the league. Many view Jokic as the best passing center to ever play the game. This season, he has led Denver up the Western Conference standings and has helped turn them into a title contender after a slow start to the season. Jokic is averaging 26 points, 11 rebounds, and nearly nine assists per game, so he’s very close to averaging a triple-double for the season.
2. Joel Embiid – Philadelphia 76ers
Embiid is an athletic freak. He’s a matchup nightmare for many of today’s big men, as he can score from the low post, or he can take you beyond the arc and hit the three-pointer. Embiid is also an MVP candidate, but because he has missed over 20 games due to injury and rest, many don’t feel that he deserves the award. Embiid is averaging 29 points, 11 rebounds, and three assists per game. Embiid can also be dominant on the defensive end when he’s engaged. When fully healthy, he’s the toughest big man in the league to defend. He is the main reason that the Sixers are sitting near the top of the Eastern Conference standings today.
3. Anthony Davis – LA Lakers
Whether or not Davis is a center is debatable, but when he is on the floor for the Lakers, more times than not, he is at the center position. Davis possesses the skills of a guard as prior to a huge growth spurt at the end of his high school career, Davis had always been a guard. He can handle the ball like a guard, and he can also shoot from the perimeter. His speed and quickness are tough for most big men to handle. If Davis could ever stay healthy, he would put up huge numbers every season, especially playing with LeBron James.
4. Rudy Gobert – Utah Jazz
Gobert is on track to win the Defensive Player of the Year Award. This would be his third time winning this award. Much of Utah’s success this season can be attributed to Gobert. Utah’s defense funnels things towards Gobert, and as one of, if not the best shot blocker in the league, it forces people to do things they don’t want to do. Gobert is also very dominant on the glass. He’s averaging over 13 rebounds per game. Offensively he is adequate. He doesn’t shoot well, and he’s not a great finisher, but Utah finds ways to utilize his talents.
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