NBA is one of my favorite Sports that I always like to play with my friends. And I mostly prefer to play from the Center position in basketball and That’s why I wonder about the best centers in NBA whenever I watch the game.
Center Position is also known as the five or big man, usually, players play near the baseline or close to the basket and Are responsible for saving the opponent from shooting by blocking their shots and passes in the necessary area.
In this article, I will share the Top 10 Centers In The NBA Ranking of All Time. So, can find your best Center player in NBA.
Top 10 Centers In The NBA
10. Dwight Howard
Dwight David Howard II is a professional American basketball player who plays for the Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA.
He was born on 8 December 1985 in Atlanta, Georgia, United States.
He studies at Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy, United States.
Howard decided to forgo college, entered the 2004 NBA draft, and was selected first overall by the Orlando Magic.
He plays from the Center position in NBA and He is an NBA champion too.
He is an 8-time All-Star, 8-time All-NBA Team honoree, 5-time All-Defensive team member, and 3-time Defensive Player of the Year.
In 2012, after 8 seasons with the Orlando magic, He was sold to the team Los Angeles Lakers.
After a year with the Lakers team, he played with many other NBA teams including Houston Rockets (2013–2016), Atlanta Hawks (2016–2017), Charlotte Hornets (2017–2018), and the Washington Wizards (2018–2019).
He returned to the Los Angeles Lakers team in 2019 and won his first NBA championship in 2020.
9. Nikola Vucevic
Nikola Vucevic is a professional Montenegrin basketball player who plays for the Chicago Bulls team in NBA.
Vucevic was born on 24 October 1990 in Morges, Switzerland.
He completed his high school at Stoneridge Preparatory, Simi Valley, California, United States.
Before entering in drafted 16th overall in the 2011 NBA draft by the Philadelphia 76ers,
He played college basketball for the University of Southern California, United States.
He plays for the center position in the NBA. He is also a part of the four-team trade that sent Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers.
In the middle of the season 2020–21, the Orlando Magic exchanged Vucevic to the Chicago Bulls team.
8. Nikola Jokic
Nikola Jokić is a professional Serbian basketball player who plays for the Denver Nuggets of the NBA.
He was born on 19 February 1995 in Sombor, Serbia, FR Yugoslavia.
He also played college basketball at the University of Detroit Mercy, United States.
He plays the center position in the NBA and also represents the Serbian national team.
He is the 4-time NBA All-Star has been named to the All-NBA Team on 3 events (including two first-team selections).
He also won the NBA Most Valuable Player Award for the 2020–21 NBA season.
He got his Nicknamed “the Joker” in NBA. He was selected by the Denver Nuggets team in the 2-round of the 2014 NBA draft.
He holds the record for fastest triple-double and also won a silver medal at the Summer Olympics 2016.
7. Rudy Gobert
Rudy Gobert-Bourgarel is a professional French basketball player who plays for the Utah Jazz of the NBA.
He was born on 26 June 1992 in Saint-Quentin, Aisne, France.
He also played college basketball in the United States for the Marist Red Foxes (from 1985 to 1988).
He plays the Center position in NBA and He is also considered one of the best rim protectors.
He has won 3 times the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award and tied for second-most in NBA history.
Gobert is a 3-time NBA All-Star, 4-time All-NBA Team member, and 5-time All-Defensive Team member.
6. Deandre Ayton
Deandre Edoneille Chidike Ayton is a pro-Bahamian basketball player who plays for the Phoenix Suns team of the NBA.
He was born on 23 July 1998 in Nassau, Bahamas.
He moved from the Bahamas to San Diego, California to play high school basketball.
He attended Balboa city School in California, United States, and began on the varsity basketball team for two years.
He plays the center position and was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team in 2019.
In 2021, He helped lead the Phoenix Suns to their first NBA Finals appearance since 1993.
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5. Al Horford
Alfred Joel Horford Reynoso is a professional Dominican basketball player who plays for the Boston Celtics of the NBA.
Horford was born on 3 June 1986 in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic.
He studied in Grand Ledge High School in Grand Ledge, Michigan, United States.
He got an athletic scholarship to follow the University of Florida.
He plays the Center and Power Forward position. Horford also represents the Dominican Republic, National team.
He is a 5-time NBA All-Star and the highest-paid Latin American basketball player in NBA.
Earlier 2021 season, He was sold to the Celtics in return for Kemba Walker and a first-round pick.
4. Jarrett Allen
Jarrett Allen is a professional American basketball player who plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the NBA.
He was born on 21 April 1998 in San Diego, California, United States.
He attended Round Rock High School in Round Rock, Texas and,
then moved to St. Stephen’s Episcopal School in Austin, Texas for his final 3 years.
He plays the center position and played college basketball for the Texas Longhorns.
In January 2021, he was sold to the Cleveland Cavaliers as part of the four-team blockbuster James Harden trade.
In February 2022, he was named his first NBA All-Star Game as an injury replacement for Harden,
for whom he was sold a year earlier.
3. DeAndre Jordan
Hyland DeAndre Jordan Jr. is a professional American basketball player who plays for the Philadelphia 76ers of the NBA.
He was born on 21 July 1988 in Houston, Texas, United States.
He studied at Episcopal High School through his junior year. After that, he came to Texas A&M University in College Station.
He plays the center position. In 2017, DeAndre was named an NBA All-Star for the first time.
Jordan played 1-season of college basketball for the Texas A&M Aggies.
In February 2022, He holds the NBA record for highest career field goal percentage at 67.4 percent.
Jordan is the Clippers’ franchise leader in games played, rebounds, and blocks.
2. Clint Capela
Clint N’Dumba Capela is a professional Swiss basketball player who plays for the Atlanta Hawks of the NBA.
He was born on 18 May 1994 in Geneva, Switzerland.
He plays the center position. Clint is the highest-earning team athlete in Switzerland’s NBA history.
In August 2013, He debuted for the Swiss national basketball team at the FIBA EuroBasket 2015 qualification rounds.
In his career field-goal percentage, having led the NBA in the same field during the 2017–18 season.
1. Joel Embiid
Joel Hans Embiid is a professional Cameroonian basketball player who plays for the Philadelphia 76ers of the NBA.
Joel was born and raised on 16 March 1994 in Yaoundé, Cameroon.
After one year of his college basketball with the Kansas Jayhawks, he was drafted with the third overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft by the 76ers.
He plays the Center and Power Forward in NBA and has received five All-Star selections.
Embiid was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team despite playing only 31 games.
He himself has nicknamed “the Process” in reply to a refrain from 76ers fans during the Sam Hinkie era to “trust the process”.