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Basketball Center

What is the center player position in basketball? What is the role of centers on the court? Get ready to learn about centers and how to play C.

Basketball Centers

The center is the tallest member of the basketball team. Centers don't need to be best dribblers, shooters, or playmakers. With size as their biggest advantage, the center can get away with focusing on jump balls, dunking, and offensive rebounds to bring value to their team.

Basketball Center

IMPORTANT: The center is known as C and the number five in our diagrams.

Basketball Jump Balls

Centers are responsible for taking jump balls at the center circle to put the ball into play. On a jump ball, the center will leap into the air and tap the ball with one hand to a teammate.

Basketball Jump Ball

Basketball Low Post

Centers spend most of their time close to the basket near the paint by the low post. Since the center player is so tall, he has an easy time hitting easy layups and even dunking for two points. Centers are great

Basketball Low Post

Basketball Center Roles

The center is a tall player. This size attribute enables the center to be great a great asset to the team both on offense and defense. In addition to taking jump balls, the center has many roles on the court.

Basketball Center Offense

When on offense, the center has the following roles on the court:

  • to make easy layups
  • to get offensive rebounds
  • to dunk the ball
  • to perform screens

Basketball Center Defense

When on defense, the center has the following roles on the court:

Basketball Center Statistics

There are few important statistics that define how good a center is:

  • offensive rebounds
  • defensive rebounds
  • scores

Top NBA Centers Of All Time

Here are some of the best centers of all time to play basketball in the NBA:

  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  • Wilt Chamberlain
  • Bill Russell
  • Shaquille O'Neal

Top NBA Centers in 2018

Here are some of the top centers in the 2018 NBA season:

  • Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans
  • Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers
  • LaMarcus Aldridge, San Antonio Spurs

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