The center position is one of the most crucial positions on any basketball team. They are responsible for multiple roles on both ends of the court. The best centers in today's NBA are expected to do more than rebounding or boxing out, the best centers have a complete shot, can even shoot the three, and are highly athletic and skilled in running complex offensive plays. Anyone watching basketball can typically tell who the center is on the team because he/she is typically the tallest on the court.
The top five centers in the NBA going into the 2019-2020 season are:
Karl-Anthony Towns, Al Horford, Brook Lopez, Clint Capela, *Demarcus Cousins
Nikola Jokic proved this past season to be the best center in the league. Never before has there been a 7-foot center that can shoot like a forward and has a razor sharp passing ability like a guard. He was named First Team All-NBA and the Denver All Star averaged 20 points, 11 rebounds, and 7 assists per game this past season. He took his game to an even higher level in the playoffs, averaging 24 points, 13 rebounds, and 9 assists per game while 50% shooting, 38% from three to lead the Nuggets to their first playoff series win of the decade. In Game 3 of the Western Conference Semifinals, "The Joker", did it all in their quadruple-overtime game: playing 65 minutes and scoring 33 points, and had 18 boards, and 14 assists. Despite the loss and playoff exit, Nikola has cemented himself as the best big man in the league. He finished this year with 12 triple doubles, and has the fourth-most in the NBA over the past 3 seasons. He does everything a center is supposed to and then has exceptional attributes and shooting skills that puts him above the rest.
The NBA's biggest troll and trash talker makes sure to back up the talk on the court. Embiid is a true force to be reckoned with on the court. Joel Embiid this season became the third player in NBA history to rack up at least 3,800 points; 1,800 rebounds; and 300 blocked shots in 160 games or less. Embiid finished last season averaging 27.5 PPG and 13.6 RPG on 48.2% shooting.
Gobert is an excellent ball-handler. He ranked third among other centers in defensive distance, Bleacher Report says. Gobert is constantly setting up picks, surveying the court for opportunities and rebounding on both offense and defense.