The center position really took a huge leap forward in 2013 after a TERRIBLE 2012. Even with Andrew Bynum missing the entire season, players like Brook Lopez, Nikola Pekovic, and Larry Sanders finally shined bright. Center is a tricky position because players like Chris Bosh, Tim Duncan, and Kevin Garnett all played some center during the season but will be featured on our power forward list.
Here was our preseason Top 10 centers list:
10. Joakim Noah
9. Marc Gasol
8. Roy Hibbert
7. Tyson Chandler
6. Al Jefferson
5. DeMarcus Cousins
4. Al Horford
3. Brook Lopez
2. Andrew Bynum
1. Dwight Howard
Now here’s the end of the season list of top 10 NBA centers:
10: Nikola Vucevic: 13.1 PPG, 11.9 RPG, 1.9 APG, 1.0 BPG, 51 FG%, 68 FT%
Nikola Vucevic. Many still probably don’t recognize the name, but you should. Vucevic was a force this season for a terrible Orlando Magic team that suddenly is looking at a bright future thanks to Vucevic and Tobias Harris. Vucevic averaged well over a double-double and had some impressive 20-20 games this season. The youngster should be a force for years to come.
9. Greg Monroe: 16.0 PPG, 9.6 RPG, 3.5 APG, .7 BPG, 48 FG%, 68 FT%
Greg Monroe continues to improve year by year but playing for the woeful Detroit Pistons isn’t helping his case much. Combine Monroe with the young and talented Andre Drummond, and the Pistons will have a solid frontcourt for years to come. New coach Maurice Cheeks will figure out a way to utilize both players and hopefully get the Pistons back to the playoffs.
8. DeMarcus Cousins: 17.1 PPG, 9.9 RPG, 2.7 APG, .7 BPG, 46 FG%, 73 FT%
Another good season from Cousins but nothing to show for it except a few headaches. It is most definitely time for Cousins to get out of Sacramento but are the Kings willing to deal him? That is the big question and one that might get answered this offseason. For now, Cousins will continue to put up big numbers for nobody to see.