|Top 10 Centers|
|Written by Mark Grey|
by MARK GREY
10. Emeka Okafor - Okafor is a strong defensive force. He does a great job of rebounding and anchoring a defensive minded team. He is one of the best shot blockers in the NBA and doesn't get outside of himself offensively. Once he improves his free throw shooting and scoring, he will become an all-star caliber center.
9. Andris Biedrins - One of the best rebounders in the game and is still getting better. Despite only being 22 years old, Biedrins is third in the NBA in rebounding. His offensive game is coming along as he has added a few low post moves.
8. Zydrunas Ilgauskas - Illgauskas has a shooting touch that some guards would be jealous of. His ability to knock down shots all the way out to 18 feet forces opposing centers to come out and guard him, which opens up the paint for his teammates. He shoots a high percentage from both the line and the floor. Z is also a great passer for a big man.
7. Marcus Camby - The best rebounder in the NBA not named Dwight Howard. The former Defensive Player of the Year still pulls down 13 boards a game while blocking almost 3 shots a night. Over the years, he has developed a solid 10 foot shot, but he still does most of his damage on the offensive end cleaning up other people's garbage.
6. Jermaine O’Neal - Not the All-Star player he once was, but when healthy, he is still a force on both ends of the floor. O’Neal doesn’t play in the post as much as in the past but he has one of the best mid-range jumpers in the game. The explosive first step is gone, but he makes up for it with great footwork and smarts. Despite the bad knees, he's still a good shot blocker.
5. Andrew Bynum - After years of waiting, the Lakers investment in Bynum is starting to look like its paying off. He has developed a good assortment of low post moves and has quick feet. Bynum has good hands and energy and he also knows how to finish around the basket. If he can stay healthy, he plays a great part in the Lakers title hopes.
4. Shaquille O’Neal - After being left for dead in Miami, Shaq has shown there is still some gas left in his tank or should we say diesel. Shaq has shown that he is still a dominant force in the paint that has to be doubled. Although he is not as explosive as he once was, he makes up for it with his 16 years of experience. He makes almost 60 percent of his shots and is still a legit shot blocker.
3. Al Jefferson - One of the best young big men in the game. Jefferson is the total package he has the low post moves and is one of the best rebounders in the game. He is a 20 and 10 guy every night and has improved his defense. He has got all the individual numbers, now it’s time for him to elevate his team out of the lottery.
2. Dwight Howard - Howard is a true freak of nature, and easily the most powerful low post presence the NBA has seen since a young Shaq. After leading the NBA in double doubles last year, Howard is doing it again this season. He is the best shot blocker in the game and seems to grab every rebound in sight. He has a limited offensive arsenal, but still manages to score 20 points a game off of sheer athleticism. Once he develops some low post moves he will be in the running for one of greatest big men to ever play the game.
1. Yao Ming - One of the best offensive weapons in the NBA. With his combination of height and a soft-shooting touch, Yao is almost unguardable. Yao commands a double team every time he touches the ball, opening up the floor for his teammates. He could be a better shot blocker for his size, but he's still a strong defensive presence.